Top 3 Swimwear Brands for 2016
Are you beach ready yet? Looking for new playful bikinis and some ideas what is trending on beaches across the world? Here are for you three brands that are making headlines on runways and around holiday resorts.
I found another interesting and elegant brand called Acacia Swimwear that was founded by Naomi Newirth and Lyndie Irons. Their love of travel and exotic beaches led them to start a swimwear collection. This is how designers describe their trade mark: “The brand’s signature style is a fuse between the perfect low-cut Italian bikini and the classic Brazilian fit. Known for its intricately detailed designs, custom prints, buttery fabric, and seamless comfort, Acacia mixes effortless femininity with sophistication”.
Mara Hoffman’s signature style is colourful and original prints. She is a fashion designer and graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York City. Mara also attended, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London. Hoffman is looking for inspiration in nature and mythology. Since 2011, Mara was honored to be inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Tori Praver is aspiring model and swimwear designer from Maui. She spent her childhood surfing and swimming in the waves of the island paradise. According to her website: “Her childhood experience led to a lifelong love of the beach lifestyle and provided the passion to launch her eponymous swimwear collection. Today, a successful swimwear designer and model, she knows just what women want in order to feel confident and comfortable”. I could definetly see how she managed to put her expertise into an alluring and functional line of bikinis, one pieces, and cover-ups that have women strutting down the beach and launching into the waves.
The best photography exhibitions of 2016 (London)
If you are in London this summer, make sure you visit these photography exhibits.
Strange and Familiar: Britain as revealed by international photographers
Address: Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS
Until: June 19
In a nutshell: An enormous. Martin Parr curated exhibition of Britain seen through the lenses of international photographers from the Thirties to today: from iconic images by established greats such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Paul Strand to previously unseen images by Japanese artist Shinro Ohtake, who roamed Seventies Britain without a word of English.
Performing for the Camera, Tate Modern
Where: Tate Modern
Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Until: June 12
In a nutshell: Selfies, marketing, early ballet films and school photographs all feature in this intriguing Tate exhibition. An impressive array of artists including Marcel Duchamp, Cindy Sherman, and Yayoi Kusama back up the thesis that performance is essential to photography.
Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century
Address: Exhibition Road, London SW7 2RL
Until: July 3
In a nutshell: A beautifully put-together retrospective: Paul Strand’s images of timeless Americana – clapboard shopfronts and New Mexican adobe churches – are among the defining works of modernist photography.
Vogue 100: A Century of Style
Where: National Portrait Gallery
Address: St. Martin’s Pl, London WC2H 0HE
Until: May 22
In a nutshell: Visiting this extraordinary journey back in time through the fashion bible’s archives is like flicking at random through a copy of Vogue that you’re physically walking through. A knockout exhibition about storytelling, image-making and personalities
Where: Natural History Museum
Address: Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Until: May 15
In a nutshell: Curated by artist and writer Michael Benson and featuring original music by Brian Eno, Otherworlds explores the beauty of the solar system. Art and science combine in the 77 composite images on display.
SEXY SUMMER – Sweet & Sour Cranberry Salad
1 cup sliced raw almonds
2 tbsp. sugar
3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup cranberries
2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. honey
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 package salad greens
2 chopped tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
Place sliced almonds in a single layer and toast in oven at 350° F (175° C) for five minutes, until nuts begin to brown. Combine vinegar, oil, half of the cranberries, mustard, garlic, salt, pepper, and honey in the blender and mix it well. In a large bowl, mix the almonds, chopped tomatoes, the rest of dried cranberries, and salad greens. Add the vinegar mixture to the salad and toss it well.
Best dressed at Cannes Film Festival 2016
One of the biggest film events in Europe brings together filmmakers, models, journalists and other media professionals. Cannes is the place to showcase your talent and looks. So, lets take a look at essential celebrity fashion styles, haircut, make up and accessories trends.
Charlize Teron (Dior)
Blake Lively (Vivienne Westwood)
Jourdan Dunn (Ralf And Russo)
Bella Hadid (Alexandre Vauthier)
Aishwarya Rai (Elie Saab)
Amal Clooney (Versace)
Alessandra Ambrosio (Michael Kors)
Natasha Poly (Prada)
Izabel Goulart (Ralph and Russo)
Naomi Watts (Armani Prive)
Doutzen Kroes (Brandon Maxwell)
Kirsten Dunst (GUCCI)
Jessica Chastain (Armani Prive)
Ken Loach Wins Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival
Here is the report from Cannes by Time magazine: British director Ken Loach on Sunday took home the Palme d’Or, the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival for his film, I, Daniel Blake. The 79-year-old, who had returned from retirement to make the film, said in French that it was “very strange” to win the prestigious award in such a glitzy surrounding considering the conditions endured by the people who inspired his movie, The Guardianreports. “The festival is very important for the future of cinema,” Loach said, according to the newspaper. “When there is despair, the people from the far right take advantage. We must say that another world is possible and necessary.”
I, Daniel Blake is about an injured carpenter who fights to stay on welfare. This is the second Palme d’Or that Loach has received, according to The Guardian. He had also won the prize for his 2006 film The Wind That Shakes the Barley.
According to Variety The film, chronicling the social-welfare battle fought by a struggling Newcastle carpenter, scored a strong emotional reaction from Cannes audiences when it unspooled early in the festival — though many critics were more reserved in their praise. This year’s jury, led by “Mad Max” director George Miller, evidently voted with their hearts, handing the 79-year-old Loach the festival’s top honor exactly 10 years after his Irish historical drama “The Wind That That Shakes the Barley” landed the prize. Accepting the award onstage, Loach said, “Film can bring us the world of the imagination. But it can also bring us the world that we live in…We must give a message of hope. We must say that another world is possible, and necessary.”
What your child’s drawings say about their IQ
I came across amazing article about your child’s drawing skills. Check it out…
According to Daily Mail – If your walls are covered in your child’s drawings, they may be worth a closer look.
Because artistic talent early in life provides an indicator of intelligence later on, scientists have found.
Children who can accurately depict the human form at the age of four are more likely to be brighter in their teenage years, according to a paper published today. Psychologists at King’s College London studied pictures drawn by more than 15,000 four-year-olds. Those who drew with the most skill were likely to do better in intelligence tests a decade later.
The research, conducted on 7,750 pairs of identical and non-identical twins, also found a strong link between genetics and artistic talent. Identical twins were much more likely to draw pictures of a similar quality than non-identical twins. Dr Rosalind Arden, of the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, said: ‘Our results show that there is a link between the ability to draw at the age of four and intelligence later in life.
‘Through drawing, we are attempting to show someone else what’s in our mind. ‘This capacity to reproduce figures is a uniquely human ability and a sign of cognitive ability, in a similar way to writing, which transformed the human species’ ability to store information and build a civilisation.’ However, she added: ‘But this does not mean parents need to worry. It is really important that parents do not think, “Oh no, my child is terrible at drawing, they will be flipping burgers for the rest of their life.”
There are countless factors, both genetic and environmental, which affect intelligence in later life. ‘Drawing ability does not determine intelligence. The findings show there is a link, but it is only a moderate link.’ The children were asked at the age of four to draw a picture of a child. Each figure was scored between 0 and 12 depending on the presence of features such as a head, nose, ears, hair, body and arms. The scoring system ignored features such as proportion, but the children were given a point for including clothing. The children were given verbal and non-verbal intelligence tests at the time they completed the drawing, and again at the age of 14. The researchers found a definite correlation between the drawing scores and the two sets of intelligence scores. Dr Arden added: ‘There is no evidence that drawing makes you more intelligent. But I think drawing will make a child more observant and able to pay attention to what is around them.
‘Children love drawing; give them a crayon and let them get on with it.’
Her team also tested the link between genes and artistic talent, using twins because each pair has a similar background, allowing the scientists to disregard outside influences.
‘Overall, drawings from identical twin pairs were more similar to one another than drawings from non-identical twin pairs. Dr Arden said: ‘This does not mean there is a drawing gene – a child’s ability to draw stems from many other abilities, such as observing.
‘We are a long way off understanding how genes influence all these different types of behaviour.’
The research is published in the journal Psychological Science.
Met Gala – Best Dressed
Everybody is still speaking about Met Gala. Let see who was best dressed and worst dressed?
What do you think?
Teenagers and Cyberbulling
I have recently finished my new short film – A Story of One Parisian Girl. This story is about teenage girl Sophie who decided to commit suicide. Throughout a movie Sophie is reflecting on her life and she tells us a story why she decided to take her own life. The film’s mission is to highlight the problems that teens face in the modern world. Nowadays teenagers have to deal with problems such as cyberbullying, internet abuse, teen violence and other issues during the most vulnerable growth stages of their lives; between 12 and 18-years-old. During this time, teens are exposed to some overwhelming struggles like hormonal changes, puberty, pressure from society and family. Social media bullying is one of the key problems among teenagers that could lead to depression, low self esteem and suicide.
Recent article in the Guardian confirms my fears. According to recent report from NSPCC, ChildLine conducted 35,000 counselling sessions for low self-esteem between April 2014 and March 2015. The report blames “a constant onslaught from cyber-bullying, social media and the desire to copy celebrities,” as key reasons.
Julia Fossi, senior analyst for online safety at NSPCC says that while most platforms are taking steps to improve safety, social networks must be held more accountable for the content they host. She says that social sites, which often use tracking technology for adverts and marketing could use a similar technology “to identify potential bullying issues and help determine what an effective intervention would look like.”
With reports of cyberbullying on the rise and girls more likely to be affected, Will Gardner, CEO, Childnet International says that the area is “challenging” but agrees that sites must continue innovating with technology to tackle the issue.
Facebook’s rules states under-13s can’t sign up, but research from EU Kids Online and the LSE found half of 11 to 12-year-olds are on Facebook. .
Announcing the recent formation of the Online Civil Courage Initiative – a partnership between Facebook and NGOs to fund counter speech campaigns against terrorism and bullying – Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said that, “hate speech has no place in our society — not even on the internet”. Facebook polices the content on its own site on a report by report basis, relying on users to report posts to its “around the clock” global support teams. While Facebook claims it has improved its reporting transparency with a user dashboard that lets users know how their complaint is being dealt with, there is no available open data on how many reports are resolved satisfactorily and how many abusive users and pages are removed. The network does have a family safety centre with information aimed at teens and parents, and encourages users to block or unfriend anyone who is abusive.
In a leaked memo in February last year, former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo claimedthat Twitter “sucks at dealing with abuse and trolls”. Since then, the company says it has streamlined the process of reporting harassment and has made improvements around reporting other content issues including impersonation and the sharing of private and confidential information. Crucially the site has updated its enforcement procedures too, claiming to use both an automated and human response to conduct investigations and follow appropriate actions swiftly. The site says it will take action against abusers depending on severity, ranging from requiring specific tweets to be deleted to permanently suspending accounts. LikeFacebook, there is no public data showing the effectiveness of its policies and reporting. Last year Twitter launched a safety centre where users can learn about staying safe online, with sections created especially for teens, parents and educators. It also recently announced a partnership with mental health charity Cycle Against Suicide to promote online safety.
Sotsukon – Graduation from Marriage
I came this interesting and inspiring story. Japanese as always ahead of the rest of the world on their take on philosophy.
CNN reports…When Yuriko Nishi’s three grown-up sons left home, she asked her husband of 36 years an unusual question: Was there any dream married life had prevented him from fulfilling? “We started wondering what path should we be walking on,” says Nishi, 66. “We told our children it was a good chance to evolve our family.” Like many others in Japan, the couple decided to graduate from marriage — or “sotsukon.”
This was not divorce. Sotsukon is for couples still in love, who decide to “live apart together” in their sunset years to achieve their separate dreams. In a nation with an aging population, the idea has taken root. Living apart together Yoshihide Ito, 63, after working for decades as a cameraman in Tokyo, told his wife he wanted to escape city life and return to his home prefecture of Mie, in southern Japan, to become a rice farmer. Nishi wished to continue her career as a fashion stylist in the capital. “He visits me once a month. I visit him for a week at a time, too,” Nishi says. Distance, she explains, helps the couple to miss and appreciate each other; they now plan date nights for the time they spend together. “Our marriage is in good shape. We share two totally different lifestyles.”
Graduating from marriage. The term “sotsukon” was coined in 2004 by Japanese author Yumiko Sugiyama in her book “Sotsukon no Susume” — “Recommending the Graduation from Marriage.” The word is a commingle of “sotsugo” (graduation) and “kekkon” (marriage). “In Japan, traditionally the man is the head of the household, and the wife lives under his financial support as a domestic worker,” says Sugiyama. “I wondered what if each member of the married couple could obtain more freedom to do what they want without getting divorced?” The imagination of the Japanese public was captured — particularly that of the housewife — at a point when changing demographics in the nation were reshaping society.
Just one million babies were born in Japan in 2014, according to government figures. That tally is the lowest figure on record in the Asian nation. Furthermore, Japanese women in the same year had the longest life expectancy in the world — 86.83 years — according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. “That means the longest period in a woman’s life is after her kids have gone,” says Masako Ishii-Kuntz, a professor of sociology at Ochanomizu University, in Tokyo. “Many empty-nesters have nothing left to do but care for their husband. “They realized they should pursue their own hobbies and happiness.”
On a rainy April evening, Kazumi Yamamoto is delivering her fortnightly sotsukon seminar to a group of women aged between 30 and 60 years old. She advises the wives on how to persuade their husbands to agree to sotsukon. Yamamoto, who graduated from marriage one year ago, moving from Hiroshima to open a beauty clinic in Tokyo — a life-long ambition — says it is women who usually suggest sotsukon. Husbands, Ito says, can be intimidated by the concept. “Men ask me, ‘What have you eaten [since sotsukon]? It must be so hard doing domestic jobs by yourself.’ “I think men who deny their wives sotsukon have been living a self-centered existence.” At her seminars Yamamoto hears various reasons for women seeking sotsukon. “Me and my husband don’t have much to say to each other, and he thinks I’m his maid,” says one woman, aged 56. “But I don’t want to divorce or I might feel lonely when my health becomes weaker.” “My husband wants to return to his hometown to take care of his parents, but I don’t want to go,” says another woman. “I would like to travel and spend more time with my friends.”
In recent years, celebrity endorsement has pushed sotsukon deeper into the mainstream. Most famously, in 2013, Japanese comedian Akira Shimizu and his wife announced they would graduate from marriage, and published a book “Sotsukon – A New Form of Love.” While there are no official figures on how many couples in Japan have followed this path, a 2014 survey commissioned by Interstation architecture agency in Tokyo found a widespread desire to do so. Of the 200 married women polled, aged between 30 and 65 years old, 56.8% said they eventually wanted to graduate from marriage. Retirement was the period of life most women identified as the ideal point to undertake sotsukon.
Husbands in Japan, generally speaking, have had something of a wake-up call over the past decade. A groundbreaking law passed in 2007 allowed a divorcing wife for the first time to claim as much as half of her husband’s pension. It prompted widespread predictions of a spike in divorce rates in Japan. In Tokyo, The National Chauvinistic Husbands Association – formerly an unrepentant group of boisterous salary men — began devising strategies to avoid divorce: listening to and respecting their wives was one tactic. Helping with the housework was another. The Japanese family as a whole is changing, says Ishii-Kuntz. “Family members have become more individualized. Each family member is allowed to seek whatever he or she wants, rather than spending all their lives taking care of family members,” she says. Multiple generations of adults living in one household is becoming increasingly rare in Japan, she adds. Furthermore, it is not unusual for husband and wife to sleep in separate beds in the same room. Perhaps sotsukon is the ultimate climax of that individualization.
Graduating from the traditional strictures of marriage, however, does not have to translate into an end of intimacy or loss of love. Nishi smiles: “After having lived apart, I cherish him more. If I marry again, I want to marry him.”
Aphrodite’s Favourite – Asparagus Soup
2 lb. (approx 1 kg) fresh green asparagus, trimmed
8 cups water
4 tbsp. butter
1 cup minced onions
1 cup minced leeks
1 tbsp. chopped garlic
1/4 cup flour
1 cup cream
1/4 cup creme fraiche
6 hard-boiled quail eggs, halved
Salt and pepper to taste
Add the water to a saucepan and season with salt and bring the liquid to a boil. Add the asparagus and cook for 3 minutes. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and cook onions and leeks. Season with salt and pepper. Sauté the mixture for 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and flour and cook for another 2 minutes. Add cooked asparagus and the liquid. Bring the liquid to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes, or until the asparagus is very tender. Place the mixture to a blender and puree the soup until smooth. Put the soup back to the saucepan and add in the cream. Remove soup from the heat and chill it. Before serving, garnish soup with a drizzle of creme fraiche and quail eggs.