MANGO – history and signature look

I love everything about Barcelona. Architecture, arts, food, people and of course fashion! Spain has given the world mane talented artists and fashion designers. If you are one of those fashionistas who likes to mix high end fashion with affordable brands, then you need to know more about one of my favourite designer brands from Barcelona – Mango. This feminine label opened its doors to the public in 1984 on Paseo de Gracia.

Mango was founded by Turkish brothers Isak Andic and Nahman Andic who must of loved a juicy and sweet fruit – mango. They immigrated to Spain and were inspired by sunny and hospitable Barcelona. The popularity of the brand grew with a speed of light and by 1988 the company had 13 outlsets across Spain. Just in 4 years Mago made its first attempt to expand internationally. In 1992 the brand opened stores in Portugal. Since 1990s Mango introduced important changes into the system like consolidated the product and store concept, and implemented the Just in Time philosophy in the distribution area.

Later on the company improved its logistics, information analysis and technology. All of this contributes to over 2 billion dollars revenue a year. With more than 2,000 stores in 103 countries, Mango is one of Zara’s biggest competitors. What I also like about Mango is that th ebrand also broadens the scope of its actions, for example, it creates collections by top fashion designers. So far, Adam Lippes and Zuhair Murad worked for the brand.

What I love most about Mango its the consistency. The signature look – effortlessly chic. You can find a dress or a top that would make you look bohimian but elegant at the same time. I like Mango’s jackets, shirts and trousers. Many great looks for office or casual stroll in a park. Lets check out spring/summer 2016.

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Review: Beyoncé Makes Lemonade 

Did you buy Beyonce’s new album yet? If not sure, check out the review by Time magazine. Time reports: Beyoncé released her sixth album Lemonade on Saturday night (April 23rd). It was a slightly telegraphed surprise release that was presented as a “visual album” like her last effort, the 2013 Beyoncé, it appeared on a digital-music service with each song already accompanied by a video, although this time out the packaging rights went to HBO and the streaming-music service Tidal (which is owned by Beyoncé’s husband, Jay Z) instead of Apple. Speculation about when Lemonade would arrive has run rampant for much of 2016, although in retrospect its late-April arrival should have been obvious after all, the Formation World Tour, which Beyoncé announced after her Super Bowl cameo, kicks off in Miami on Wednesday. (She may be one of pop’s reigning doyennes, but don’t forget that she’s a business, man.)

Yet in contrast to 2013’s uxorious Beyoncé, Lemonade is very much about romantic strife; it opens with the lyric “You can taste the dishonesty” and takes off from there, detailing transgressions both major and minor. Appropriately enough, it soars when Beyoncé is at her most aggrieved. The scorching “Don’t Hurt Yourself” is a spat-out rebuke to someone who has caused Beyoncé to turn into “the dragon breathing fire”; Jack White acts as Greek chorus, growling “when you hurt me, you hurt yourself” to all potential double-crossers. “Sorry” is a self-contained battle between light and dark, its “middle fingers up” attitude and groaned complaints about a lover’s late nights leavened by fizzy synths and the occasional trilled lyric.

Beyoncé’s brand of R&B borrows stylistic flourishes from all over the pop spectrum. “Hold Up” adds a dancehall lilt and the occasional airhorn to a devotional borrowed from New York art-punkers Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ 2003 “Maps” and a coda nicked from the blustery MC Soulja Boy’s “Get My Swag On.” Meanwhile, “Daddy Lessons” brings in a horn section and a harmonica for a sweaty barroom jam session about a complex relationship with a father figure. Even the presence of the bummer-riding crooner The Weeknd does little to diminish the mood of Lemonade, although it helps that “6 Inch,” the album’s new-millennium update to Sheila E.’s “The Glamorous Life,” is set in the sort of seedy clubs that serve as his milieu.

Lemonade hits its emotional climax with “Freedom,” which uses a sample from the Mexican psych-rock group Kaleidoscope in order to establish its woozy feel and a 1947 snippet from an unidentified prisoner at the Mississippi State Pentitientiary to telegraph its larger intent; on the chorus, Beyoncé’s pleading for freedom explodes the distinction between the personal and the political (“I break chains all by myself/ Won’t let my freedom rot in hell,” she declares), and an incendiary verse by Kendrick Lamar confronts the country’s still-simmering racial tensions.

That song, “Freedom,” is capped with a quote from Jay-Z’s grandmother, Hattie White, that gives away the meaning behind the album’s title: “I had my ups and downs,” she declares, “but I always find the inner strength to cool myself off. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade.” The gorgeously languorous song that follows, “All Night,” is similarly redemptive; while Beyoncé, her voice reserved, sings of caution on the verses, she closes by tenderly saying, “How I missed you, my love.” It’s not riding off into the sunset, but it’s at the very least a somewhat happy ending for the 11 new tracks. (The fiery “Formation,” which B premiered right before her February Super Bowl cameo, serves as a sort of end-credits sendoff.)

Whether or not Lemonade is based on real-life events has been the subject of fevered discussion by forensic Beyoncéologists, who are poring over lyrical references, old gossip-blog items, and Instagram posts in order to suss out the album’s real-life news pegs. But figuring out whatever blind items Beyoncé is laying down (on her husband’s platform, no less) is hardly essential to enjoying this album. Its songs feel fresh yet instantly familiar, over-the-top but intimate, with Beyoncé’s clarion voice serving as the fulcrum for her explorations of sound and the self.

I think its a must to listen. Enjoy!

Several tips that can help to find your child’s talents

It is so easy to label the kid with the words that may mean “smart” or “dumb”, and this is often done when the child is little – just at the age when talents can be discovered. However, after the kid is labeled, nobody is looking for a talent in a child. The children are evaluated by their abilities to do well in school, but the ability to give correct answers does not refer to talent. This notion is more complicated and should be analyzed differently.

The author of bestseller Daniel Coyle decided to study the talented children and determined three things that make a genius. It is not something that sits inside you since birth but something that is taken out from you by your parent: right methods of practicing, coaching and motivation create the kid. The author is sure that greatness is grown, not born. There is no such thing in person’s DNA. Children need to have powerful pattern to become great, and the parents’ parent is to unlock the neuropsychology of learning.

It is very important how children can cope with failures, how parents praise them or, on the contrary, criticize. All this plays its role in the future and determines it. Parent should create the hotbed to contribute to the atmosphere, which unlocks the talents of your child.

Child should have a clear idea of what he wants to become. This should be a part of his personality.

First of all, the parent should watch for the moments of ignition. The person needs strong motivation, which will be a fuel for the one. As Coyle points out, the trigger is necessary, which works perfectly when the identity of the kid is twined together with a goal he wants to achieve. Then the kid becomes more teachable and perceives the information 400% faster. This is incredible acceleration! The success of the study is not explained by the abilities to study but stronger motivation, which appears when the idea is clearly formed in the mind of the child and he or she becomes more purposeful. The kid may think, for instance: “I want to be like this musician/sportsman/scientist etc.”

Mistakes should be perceived as fuel for growth

The attitude to mistake is a crucial factor that determines the result. When the child operates on the edge of his abilities, mistakes are inevitable. He should perceive them as material to study. Mistakes should be corrected if you want to improve your skills. The mistake is not the verdict. Children should learn to take them as fuel for growth and not something terrible that destroys your future. On the contrary, mistakes create it but only in case you are able to correct them and go further. Only with such attitude the person can be a genius.

What parents praise is important – it determines the manner your child chooses to succeed

It is important what you value most and praise when you assess the behavior of your child. When you praise your kid for success only, he will try to achieve it at all costs and will fear mistakes. However, this is a wrong way to act as the child takes fewer risks. Therefore, parents should praise their kids for efforts they make. Even if they make mistakes, they get practice and learn, and this becomes more effective approach.

Expose the child to multiple activities to discover the talent

Provide different possibilities for your kid to see what is preferred. Even when the child sets unrealistic goals you should not be in the way of his/her decision. Let your children do what they want and encourage them in their passions.

Parents should not be too active. Child should take the lead in the process

It is important to form the motivation within a kid. The activity should not be urged by a parent. What is expected from the parent is to be attentive and discover the talents of the child and when the kid starts acting, praise for effort he applies. Even if you praise the kid in advance, this may work well. The kid is happy and applies more effort not to lose the status of smart person. If you treat the child as if he can do it, he will do it. Doing so, you direct your kid’s energy wisely. As a result, he can do something really powerful and impressive and you should provide conditions for it. The child’s interest can evolve into passion – the basis for the talent.

Talent is built with wise approach of parents. Your kid should not be embarrassed over mistakes, which are a part of the process on the road to success.

 

2016 Summer Hair Trends

Are you thinking about colouring your hair into pink or purple? Hope not because natural beauty style is the colour of the season! I went through a few fashion shows, read a few tips from beauty experts and here are the Top 5 hair trends for elegant fashionistas.

  1. If you have long locks, then think about wearing its straight. If you watched any runway shows you would see that many designers made their models look slick with almost glass like hair.

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2. Another big hit this season is mini crowns and head band. Some fashion houses offer bohemian and rock and roll kind of bands and others classic diadems with sparkling embellishments.

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3. Ponytails are back. Try super smooth style, you can copy the look from Chanel fashion show.

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4. Short hair is also popular. If you are ready to say goodbye to your hair, try “Bob” haircut or a wavy Bob called “Wob”.

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5. Another big trend is creating a statement part in your hairdo. Think about making half a bread on one side of your hair or make a look with a perfectly centered middle part.

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Best Books in 2016

Don’t know what’s next to read? Did you see Top 5 bestsellers from New York Times list?

  1. FOOL ME ONCE,by Harlan Coben
  2. PRIVATE PARIS,by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan
  3. THE NEST,by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  4. ME BEFORE YOU,by Jojo Moyes
  5. PROPERTY OF A NOBLEWOMAN,by Danielle Steel

So, lets learn a bit more about No 1 Author Harlan Cohen. With over 60 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben’s last eight consecutive novels, THE STRANGER, MISSING YOU, SIX YEARS, STAY CLOSE, LIVE WIRE, CAUGHT, LONG LOST and HOLD TIGHT all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world. His books are published in 43 languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in over a dozen countries.

‘Fool Me Once’ by Harlan Coben

According to http://therealbookspy.com – Simply put, Harlan Coben’s new thriller is an absolute work of genius.

The story opens with a funeral. Joe Burkett, Maya’s husband, was murdered right in front of her. That memory, like so many other memories, haunts her nightly. Returning home from the funeral a single parent, Maya stays strong for her two-year-old daughter. A friend of hers offers a gift out of concern, which Maya is at first reluctant to accept. The gift is a digital picture frame that doubles as a hidden nanny cam, a device parents sometimes set up in their homes so they can keep an eye on whoever is watching their children. Fool Me Once is the type of story that you don’t just get lost in, you find yourself entranced by it and hanging on the author’s every word. You’ll get all the same effects as a day spent at the amusement park riding roller coasters, but for a lot less money and without having to stand in line. Enjoy reading.

By Malene Birger

I have recently came across an inspirational fashion designer from Copenhagen By Malene Birger. What I liked about this brand is a combination of boho elegance and feminine silhouettes. By Malene Birger became an international brand and is famous for artistic angle, Scandinavian minimalism and sharp style. Designer introduces pret-a-porter collection four times a year and also offers an impressive collections of accessories such as handbags, jewellery and scarves.

 

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By Malene Birger produces casual and cocktail footwear. Paxlow pump shoes are my favourite and they would go for any occasion, day and night.

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In 2016 spring summer collection I have to highlight pieces like Islano top and Darliano jumpsuit. I love how strech-crepre hugging a figure and semi fitted style creates a perfect silhouette. The brand has a wide selection of dresses, cardigans and knitwear.You canfind clothes from By Malene Birger in many shops and malls in Scandinavia and other European cities. For example the brabnd is represented in major shopping malls in Paris.

You can always order online. http://www.bymalenebirger.com

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Solid foods: How to get your baby started

Not sure when and how to introduce solid food to your baby? Read advice from professionals and doctors in  Mayo Clinic.

Is your baby ready for solid foods?

Breast milk or formula is the only food your newborn needs. However, by ages 4 months to 6 months, most babies are ready to begin eating solid foods as a complement to breast-feeding or formula-feeding. It’s during this time that babies typically stop using their tongues to push food out of their mouths and begin to develop the coordination to move solid food from the front of the mouth to the back for swallowing.

In addition to age, look for other signs that your baby is ready for solid foods. For example:

Can your baby hold his or her head in a steady, upright position?

Can your baby sit with support?

Is your baby mouthing his or her hands or toys?

Is your baby interested in what you’re eating?

If you answer yes to these questions and you have the OK from your baby’s doctor, you can begin supplementing your baby’s liquid diet.

What to serve when

Continue feeding your baby breast milk or formula as usual. Then:

Start with baby cereal. Mix 1 tablespoon of a single-grain, iron-fortified baby cereal with 4 tablespoons (60 milliliters) of breast milk or formula. Many parents start with rice cereal. Even if the cereal barely thickens the liquid, resist the temptation to serve it from a bottle. Instead, help your baby sit upright and offer the cereal with a small spoon once or twice a day. Once your baby gets the hang of swallowing runny cereal, mix it with less liquid and gradually increase the amount you offer. For variety, you might offer single-grain oatmeal or barley cereals.

Add pureed meat, vegetables and fruits. Once your baby masters cereal, gradually introduce pureed meat, vegetables and fruits. Offer single-ingredient foods that contain no sugar or salt, and wait three to five days between each new food. If your baby has a reaction to a particular food — such as diarrhea, rash or vomiting — you’ll know the culprit. After introducing your baby to a variety of single-ingredient foods, you can begin to offer them in combination.

Offer finely chopped finger foods. By ages 8 months to 10 months, most babies can handle small portions of finely chopped finger foods, such as soft fruits, vegetables, pasta, cheese, well-cooked meat, baby crackers and dry cereal. As your baby approaches his or her first birthday, you might offer your baby three meals a day — as well as snacks — with mashed or chopped versions of whatever the rest of the family is eating.

What about food allergies?

To help prevent food allergies, parents were once told to avoid feeding young children highly allergenic foods such as eggs, fish, peanuts and tree nuts. Today, however, there’s no convincing evidence that avoiding these foods during early childhood will help prevent food allergies. New research also suggests that desensitizing at-risk children to peanuts between ages 4 and 11 months may be effective at preventing peanut allergy.

Still, it’s a good idea to check with your baby’s doctor if any close relatives have a food allergy. You might consider giving your child his or her first taste of a highly allergenic food at home — rather than at a restaurant — with an oral antihistamine available, just in case.

 

 

Making Love with His Ego: David Bowie

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I loved the article from Time magazine and amazing photographs by Steve Schapiro.

As a musician, actor and fashion plate, David Bowie was in constant curation of his life’s work, always seeking new avenues of expression, new characters to inhabit, new ideas to reinvigorate and inspire his own. When he presented them to us, they generally appeared flawless: Ziggy Stardust in impossibly jaunty jumpsuits, the Thin White Duke and his backswept copper mane, the perfectly pastel pop star of Let’s Dance. The look, the man, the music had all been groomed into a tantalizing sheen that defined the essence of Bowie’s enduring appeal.

In addition to offering a host of iconic images from the mid-1970s, Bowie, a new collection of archival photographs by Steve Schapiro, captures the fleeting moments when the mask dropped, when the effort it took to create all of this wondrous puffery showed at the seams, when he occasionally made—unbelievable!—fashion blunders. Bowie, it turns out, looked terrible in mandals (a faux pas he made while renting a West Hollywood house previously inhabited by Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe). His ghastly white toes weren’t helped by the addition of high-waisted navy blue trousers paired with purple suspenders and a plaid newsboy’s cap.

Still, that was just one look. There would be many others, especially on an epic day in 1974 when Schapiro photographed the pop star at a Los Angeles studio for 12 straight hours before finally wrapping up at 4 a.m. Schapiro captured him as a kabbalah-scribbling soothsayer, an image that would later appear on the back cover of Station to Station. He also shot moto-Bowie, with the singer perched behind the handlebars wearing vintage goggles, a polyester shirt with pastoral scenes and a tie wide enough to be mistaken for a breastplate. Then there was a red-and-white number that made him look like a cross between a Times Square hustler and a peppermint candy. Every time he changed clothes, Bowie changed his expression and attitude, using the shoot as a visual jam session, riffing on the characters who might inhabit such outrageous costumes. All this chameleonic play was part of his process. He’d keep the shots that looked great, and toss the ones that didn’t. People magazine liked one of the shots and put it on the cover, with an avocado-green background that Bowie and Schapiro intentionally chose because they thought it was hideous.

In 1975, Schapiro photographed the set of Nicolas Roeg’s film The Man Who Fell to Earth, where he found a playful Bowie goofing around with a prop pellet gun (while wearing a rope belt and, yes, mandals). With a Dixie cup in one hand and his left eye squinted shut while aiming at a tiny target, Bowie looks particularly unglamorous. But when he added a pair of rose-tinted, steel-framed sunglasses and balanced a cigarette precipitously between his lips, he’s the epitome of cool in an image that wound up on the cover of Rolling Stone in February of 1976. The transformation of the mundane into the magnificent can take place in a moment, and Schapiro and Bowie both knew how to turn that moment into a myth.

Top 3 German designers

I continue to search for new emerging brands from Europe and today I would like to share with you my Top 3 favourite young brands from Germany.

Boulezar fashion house specialize in high-end casual menswear executed in luxurious fabrics. This up-and-coming label is known for its exclusivity and unique designs. Self-styled “Comfy Couture” has exceptional quality materials and fabrics. Boulezar’s goal is to design pieces that have the best quality but very comfortable at the same time, and nevertheless, made for every occasion.

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If you are looking for a tipical German style, check out Phillip Bree’s PB 0110. This brand specializes in artisan-crafted leather goods. This is how designer describes his passion for fashion:  “Philipp Bree believes in the significance of beloved objects, in things which develop an individuality through daily use and become essential companions over time. PB 0110 produces bags and accessories of vegetable-tanned natural leather, pure linen and brass. These are ideal materials that become even more beautiful with the passage of time and develop a unique patina. The bags and accessories are crafted by selected European manufacturers who have been skilled in the production and processing of highquality materials for generations”. Today you can find the brand in many stores worldwide, anywhere from Sydney to Paris.

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Simon Freund is a young conceptual artist from Berlin that tries to bring together design and functionality, the concept of value and contemporary consumerism. The brand focuses on utilitarian angle and offers designs with spartan, minimalist aesthetics. He offers chic and stylish ready-to-wear garments and funky accessories. All products are manufactured in Germany.

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UNICEF – Help kids around the world

On April 14th 2014 Boco Haram terrorist kidnapped over 200 female students. Two years later I search for answers and produced a short documentary movie #BringBackOurGirls. I believe that we – citizens of the world can help and contribute by creating awareness of the issues and donating money to funds that help children in need. That’s why I urge you to learn more about UNICEF. See how you can help.

UNICEF works for a world in which every child has a fair chance in life. UNICEF believes: All children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

UNICEF is a leading humanitarian and development agency working globally for the rights of every child. Child rights begin with safe shelter, nutrition, protection from disaster and conflict and traverse the life cycle: pre-natal care for healthy births, clean water and sanitation, health care and education.

UNICEF has spent nearly 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Working with and for children through adolescence and into adulthood requires a global presence whose goal is to produce results and monitor their effects. UNICEF also lobbies and partners with leaders, thinkers and policy makers to help all children realize their rights—especially the most disadvantaged.