Mercedes created a luxurious $1.7 million yacht

Mercedes-Benz is known for its luxurious cars, but the company is also behind one of the most anticipated yachts being shown off this year at the Monaco Yacht Show.

On Wednesday, the German automaker debuted Edition 1 of its Arrow460-Grandturismo yacht, a sleek-looking vessel that begins pricing at about $1.7 million. The company originally showed off its yacht concept in 2012, but later worked with the yacht building company Silver Arrows Marine to turn the concept into a reality.

The two companies plan to only build 10 Edition 1 models of the yachts and aim to only sell one in each country, making the yacht incredibly rare.

Here’s a closer look at some of the other features that make the vessel so special.

The vessel is nicknamed “Silver Arrow of the Seas” after Mercedes race car called the “Silver Arrow” built in the 1930s.

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The 46-foot yacht may be on the smaller side, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in design.

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From the side, the stylish yacht resembles a saloon style car, similar to Mercedes Model S-Class.

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Its large side windows can retract, and the windscreen can be raised so that passengers can sit inside the boat while enjoying surrounding views while at sea.

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With 960 horsepower, the yacht can travel at a top speed of 40 knots.

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In total, the yacht can comfortably accommodate up to 10 people.

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Beds and tables inside the yacht are extendable, so that you can create more space when needed.

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The vessel has all the modern amenities you’d expect in a luxury yacht, including air conditioning, a sound system, wine storage, and an ice maker.

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Silver Arrows Marine will begin production of the Arrow460-Grandturismo in the coming months. Deliveries are expected to take place in the second half of 2017.

http://www.businessinsider.com/mercedes-yacht-arrow460-granturismo-pictures-2016-9

 

 

Porcelain Tower: ‘world wonder’ brought back to life

What a fascinating story from CNN about about Nanjing’s world wonder. More than 150 years after rebels destroyed it, Nanjing’s famed “Porcelain Tower” — one of the Seven Medieval Wonders of the World — has been brought back to life. Sort of. A modern, steel reconstruction of the pagoda now sits by the Yangtze River in the same area as the original, which was built in the early 15th century.

The new tower, reportedly funded by China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin, is surrounded by a futuristic, Buddhist-themed museum that opened late last year. The sites are collectively known as the Porcelain Tower Heritage Park. During a recent visit to the museum we found relics from the sixth century and earth-colored ruins standing next to modern palatial designs — including a giant floating 3-D Buddha head made of tiny dots of light.

These visual effects are amplified by background music fit for a “Lord of the Rings” soundtrack.

Despite a centuries-spanning history, the Porcelain Tower’s ruins weren’t open to excavation until 2007.In 2008, archeologists unearthed a number of holy and treasured relics, including a reliquary in which the remains of the Buddha (Shakyamuni) are believed to be enshrined.They were discovered in an area now called the “millennium-old underground palace,” which the rebuilt tower serves to protect.A couple of years later the cash started rolling in. Wang Jianlin — who made his fortune as chairman of China’s largest property developer Dalian Wanda Group — decided to fund the Porcelain Tower Heritage Park project, according to areport in the official People’s Daily. In 2010, he reportedly donated 1 billion yuan (about US$150 million) to the municipal government in his name to fund the reconstruction.That gives the Porcelain Tower another landmark claim: The single largest personal donation in Chinese history.

In 1412, during the Ming Dynasty, the Yongle Emperor ordered the tower’s construction in the ancient capital of Nanjing. It took 17 years to complete.Part of the larger Bao’en temple complex, which means “Temple of Gratitude” in Chinese — the tower was built with glazed, white porcelain bricks and rose 78 meters from an octagonal foundation.It’s said that rebels destroyed the tower during the Taiping Rebellion in the 19th century as they took over the city.The new tower was built with steel beams and offers great views of the city.Like the original, the pagoda has nine stories, each of which serve as viewing platforms accessible by an inner staircase or an elevator.From these vantage points, the city’s many layers of history are visible.The City Wall, a circular fortification and defensive complex built in the Ming dynasty, can be seen snaking through the city alongside neighborhoods with Republican-era housing and modern skyscrapers.The Qinhuai and Yangtze Rivers, which have long nurtured Nanjing’s trade and culture, can also be viewed.The temple area is located near the Gate of China, which served as the former capital’s southern gate and grand entrance of the City Wall.

The Porcelain Tower Heritage Park might be steeped in history but the visitor experience is anything but dated.Visitors can use their smartphones to scan the QR codes scattered throughout the park for more information (in Chinese).A room encased in mirrored walls and thousands of light bulbs with ever-changing colors is supposed to represent the Buddhist concept of light and “sarira” (shelizi in Chinese) — referring to the bodily relics of Buddhist spiritual masters.If it weren’t for the decorative Buddha statues, visitors might think they’ve walked onto an empty, 90s-inspired dance floor.These highly visual renderings of the site’s sacred elements can be found throughout the museum.While ruins have been carefully preserved in their original locations, they’re often layered with grand interior designs and enhancements like animated illustrations projected onto wall art. The Chinese government may officially be atheist — and one may not leave feeling like they’ve learned a ton about Buddhist or Nanjing history — but the vigor with which the nation’s ancient culture is displayed is palpable.

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/16/travel/nanjing-china-reconstructed-porcelain-tower/index.html

 

My Favourite Colours this Fall Season

Fashion weeks are all in full swing and across New York, London and Milan we have already seen what are power fashion houses and legendary designers’ vision for fall/winter 16/17. There is an awesome array and palette of colours ranging from fuchsia to olive green, from lilac to bloody red. Lets take a look what are designers are offering this fall.

 

  1. Cobalt Blue

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  1. Bodacious

  1. Taupe

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  1. Bloody Red

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  1. Olive Green

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Green Fettuccini “Sexy Mama”

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Preparation

  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter and stir in the cream and salt and pepper.
  2. Cook the mixture, stirring constantly, for 7 to 10 minutes, and then add white wine, basilica and French seasoning.
  3. In a couple of minutes, add the grated Parmesan cheese, stirring until it’s mixed well.
  4. Stir in the pesto sauce and cook for three to five minutes, until the sauce is thickened.
  5. Place the shrimp and asparagus into the sauce and cook until shrimps are ready.
  6. Serve over hot fettuccini pasta.

Who was the muse for Gustav Klimt?

I found this facinating story about mysteriouse muse of a famouse Austrian painter.

BBC reports: Pleading… or challenging? In her portraits, it’s difficult to read what might have been going on behind the limpid, dark eyes of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the only women that fin de siècle Austrian artist Gustav Klimt portrayed not once, but twice. But this is clearly a woman of depth and mystery. In a new exhibition “Klimt and the Women of Vienna’s Golden Age” at New York’s Neue Galerie, both portraits – the iconic, long-controversial Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) and the lesser-known but no less stunning Adele Bloch-Bauer II(1912) – will be shown together for the first time in more than a decade.

The exhibition includes portraits of other women, but Adele remains the most iconic. It is she, as a ‘woman in gold’, who anchors the works that represent the apex of Klimt’s ‘golden phase’. In postwar Vienna her image became a symbol of Austrian culture – Adele Bloch-Bauer I was long called ‘the Austrian Mona Lisa’. The painting later became an icon of justice – the 2015 film Woman in Gold is the Hollywood version of the tale of the painting’s confiscation from the Jewish Bloch-Bauer family during World War Two and the long but ultimately successful struggle for restitution by Bloch-Bauer’s niece Maria Altmann.

Bloch-Bauer was born Adele Bauer in Vienna in 1881. The daughter of a bank and railway director, she led a privileged, cultured childhood; at 19, she married Ferdinand Bloch, a sugar magnate 17 years her senior. Ferdinand adored the young woman, enough to make her last name part of his own. (Both became Bloch-Bauers; their siblings married each other, too, making for two couples with the same hyphenated last name.) The family were avid art patrons, not only collecting but also commissioning paintings – and the maverick, kaftan-clad Gustav Klimt was one of their favorite artists.

The first portrait of Adele was originally discussed in a letter the then 22-year-old wrote to Klimt in 1903. Ferdinand commissioned it as a gift for Adele’s parents’ anniversary a few years after Klimt co-founded the Vienna Secession, and not long after his scandalous, allegedly pornographic murals saw the University of Vienna blacklist the painter from state commissions. Adele Bloch-Bauer I was first publicly displayed in 1907: a stunning scene in oil and gold leaf; it shows a flushed, bare-shouldered Adele in a stylised throne, gazing at the viewer with both vulnerability and pride, her hands oddly clasped in the foreground – one of her fingers was deformed, which she often attempted to conceal in her many sittings with the artist, who created some 200 studies for the portrait. The painting’s background is a lush riot of glittering Oriental and erotic symbolism – triangles, eyes, eggs. “The golden image of Adele Bloch-Bauer I cast a spell over me even as an art history student,” says Tobias Natter, a Vienna-based historian and curator of the Neue Galerie exhibition. “For me it’s a symphony in gold, a unique emblematic triumph.” It is considered an Art Nouveau masterpiece.

Gustav Klimt’s women exuded not only a profound eroticism, but also strength and confidence. Critics and art historians over the decades have dubbed Klimt art’s “Frauenversteher” – “understander of women,” and many speculated that Adele and Klimt had an ongoing affair. It was never confirmed. In his paintings, Bloch-Bauer always appears sovereign, grand, even exalted.

In at least one area of her life, she very much was. Like others depicted in the Neue Galerie exhibition, she belonged to a largely Jewish bourgeoisie – whose women wielded considerable social and intellectual power through hosting salons. One Berta Zuckerkandl, for example, was of slightly lower social stature but was known as ‘the puppeteer of the Viennese cultural scene’ for all the connections she made, including introducing Klimt to Auguste Rodin; the Secession was apparently conceived over conversations in her living room. Many society women, like Szeréna Lederer (who, over 40 years, amassed the largest collection of Klimt in private hands at the time) and her daughter Elisabeth, appeared in Klimt portraits; the artist began to focus entirely on women as subjects after 1900.

The Neue Galerie exhibition not only focusses on the shifting roles of women at the time but also on the importance of fashion and design in not only Klimt’s work but in a ‘modern’ Austrian woman’s life. For the many drawn studies for Adele Bloch-Bauer I, Bloch-Bauer posed in stunningly pleated – but completely uncorseted, loose, and flowing – ‘reform’ dresses, at the time worn by bourgeouis women with progressive tendencies. Bloch-Bauer died of meningitis in 1925, at only 43. Fate perhaps mercifully allowed her to miss the dark years that would descend upon Austria in the 1930s; after her death, her room became a kind of shrine to Klimt’s vision of her.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160920-who-was-the-woman-in-gold

Elegance is a way of life

Hello ladies, how are you? Hope you found some of my tips about elegant fashion style useful. Today I would like to explore what is elegance and how you can develop it… The definition of elegant is someone or something luxurious in a restrained manner or something that is very well-thought through yet simple. Elegance is something undeniably alluring; enchanting; memorising even about someone with elegance.

It’s seemingly an innate characteristic – a quality that just exudes from some people, like their natural beauty. Yet, while elegance can quite easily be classed as ‘je ne sais quoi’ or something special you just cannot place, it can also be pin pointed to many subtle details. A person’s poise; their style; their words; their manners. It’s a series of things culminating to become this intangible quality – elegance.

There are no hard and fast rules on how to evoke the true essence of elegance.

It’s not about breton striped shirts, ballet flats and classic trench coats. Chignons, nude lipstick and pearls don’t come into play. Elegance is an essence, a feeling, a way of life. Chanel once said, ‘elegance is refusal’ and who are we to disagree with arguably the most elegant women of all time? Elegance is refusing to wear a dress that you feel less than spectacular in, it’s calmly taking off those pants because they’re a little bit too tight and it’s passing on this season’s body-con mini-dress trend because it just doesn’t flatter your figure.

When Christian Dior was asked ‘what is key to good dressing?’, he said, ‘There is no key! If there were it would be too easy, rich women could buy the key and all their fashion worries would be over! But simplicity, grooming and good taste – the three fundamentals of fashion – cannot be bought. But they can be learnt, by rich and poor alike.’

You needn’t go out and spend a tonne of money. An elegant woman is more materially-restrained than we realize.

There is always something very cohesive, rounded, soft, subtle, ethereal look about a woman who is elegant.  It looks effortless and perfectly gentle.

To dress elegant is to make a sense that makes an individual feel bursting with delight for oneself and others. It is certainly not a matter of showing off one’s finery; many of us don’t even have fine clothes. Dressing with elegance is a simple matter of showing respect through subtlety and simplicity.

A truly stylish woman may sift through the trends but she is certain that style is more important than fashion. Being elegant is not about brands but rather about items that flatter the figure. It is about imagination that represents understated glamour, of being selective, exquisite, and delicately tasteful.

In this modern times, everybody can look elegant in inexpensive clothes… even the rich buy them too. As Coco Chanel once said, “Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.”

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What vitamins are needed for children?

Goodbye summer, cold weather is approaching the Northern hemisphere and that means we will not only stat dressing warmer, we may need to stuck up on some vitamins and supplements. According to Healthy Children Org, its best to give vitamins to children after a careful consultation with paediatrician. Check out the post below.

Vitamins and minerals are important elements of the total nutritional require­ments of your child. Because the human body itself is unable to produce ade­quate amounts of many vitamins, they must be obtained from the diet. The body needs these vitamins in only tiny amounts, and in a balanced diet they are usually present in sufficient quantities in the foods your youngster eats. Thus, in middle childhood, supplements are rarely needed. For some youngsters, however, paediatricians may recommend a daily sup­plement. If your child has a poor appetite or erratic eating habits, or if she con­sumes a highly selective diet (such as a vegetarian diet containing no dairy products), a vitamin supplement should be considered. Chewable tablets are available for children who have difficulty swallowing pills.

These over-the-counter supplements are generally safe; nonetheless, they are drugs. If taken in excessive amounts (in tablets, capsules, or combined with other supplements), some supplements—particularly the fat-soluble vita­mins (A, D, E, and K)—can be toxic. Scientists are finding that in some special situations and diseases, vitamin supplementation can be an important con­tributor to health.

However, so-called megavitamin therapy or orthomolecular medicine—in which vitamins are given in extremely large doses for conditions ranging from mental retardation to hyperactivity to dyslexia—has no proven scientific validity and may pose some risks. Vitamin C, for example, when consumed in mega doses in hopes of undermining a cold, can sometimes cause headaches, diarrhea, nausea, and cramps. Always consult your paediatrician before giving your child supplements. And don’t leave a bottle of vita­mins on the table as though they were a condiment like salt or pepper; taking vitamins should be done with careful consideration.

As much as possible, try to maximize the vitamins your child receives in her regular meals. Following are some of the vitamins and minerals necessary for normally growing children, and some of the foods that contain them.

Vitamin A promotes normal growth, healthy skin, and tissue repair, and aids in night and color vision. Rich sources include yellow vegetables, dairy products, and liver.

The B vitamins promote red blood cell formation and assist in a variety of metabolic activities. They are found in meat (including liver), poultry, fish, soybeans, milk, eggs, whole grains, and enriched breads and cereals.

Vitamin C strengthens connective tissue, muscles, and skin, hastens the healing of wounds and bones, and increases resistance to infection. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, spinach, and broccoli.

Vitamin D promotes tooth and bone formation and regulates the absorp­tion of minerals like calcium. Sources include fortified dairy products, fish oils, fortified margarine, and egg yolks. Although vitamin proponents insist that large doses of vitamin D—far greater than the U.S. Recommended Daily Al­lowances—can build even stronger bones, there is no evidence to support this claim, and excessive quantities of vitamin D are potentially toxic. Sunlight also contributes to dietary sources of vitamin D, stimulating the conversion of a naturally occurring compound in the skin to an active form of the vitamin.

Especially during periods of rapid growth, iron is essential for the produc­tion of blood and the building of muscles. When iron levels are low, your child may demonstrate symptoms such as irritability, listlessness, depression, and an increased susceptibility to infection. However, a deficiency of iron is much more common in adolescence than in middle childhood. Once girls begin men­struation, they need much more iron than boys do. The best sources of iron include beef, turkey, pork, and liver. Spinach, beans, and prunes also contain modest amounts of iron. Some cereals and flour are enriched with iron.

As your child matures, calcium is necessary for healthy bone development. An inadequate calcium intake during childhood can not only affect present growth but might also help contribute to the development of weakened and porous bones (osteoporosis) later in life. Low-fat milk, cheese, yogurt, and sar­dines are excellent sources of calcium. Some vegetables, such as broccoli and spinach, also contain modest amounts of calcium. Some fruit juices are now fortified and provide a good source of calcium.

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/gradeschool/nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-Supplements-and-Children.aspx

World’s Most Unique Yacht Designs

Looking for creative inspiration? Take a look at those outrageous yacht designs.

Source – yachtingmagazine.com

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Elegant Style Icons

Hello my dear readers! Thank you for joining in me today on my journey to discover more about elegance and elegant style.

Do you know the most elegant women in history? Some female characters represent the true icons of timeless style. They enchanted with their grace and beauty, or have imposed on the world scene thanks to the purposeful stance and resolute, even to revolutionize the canons valid until then, in fields such as fashion. Let’s see what are the most elegant women in history.

Audrey Hepburn is known for her simplistic, natural beauty and true elegance. Her most famous role as Holly Golightly in 1961’s “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” included costumes that in essence matched Audrey’s personal style.

Audrey Hepburn had a simple yet elegant style which had almost of effortless look to it. She often times wore simple black outfits and flats rather than heels. Many would argue that Hepburn made flats popular in the late 1950s and 1960s. Chic and simplistic would best describe her style that has since become so iconic.

  

As a movie actress Grace Kelly lit up Hollywood screens. The actress who became Princess of Monaco is still recognized as one of the most beautiful women in the world. Today the name Grace Kelly remains synonymous with beauty and elegance.

Grace would often times wear a simple solid colored dress, a circle skirt, or tailored pants. The simplicity of the pieces she wore and how she carried herself in them cemented her spot as a style icon. The French fashion house Hermès has launched the phenomenon, giving the name of Kelly to one of the most famous and iconic bags in the world. The bag, inspired by the equestrian world, appeared in 1958 on the cover of Life magazine worn by the beautiful Grace Kelly who was trying to hide her pregnant belly behind an elegant and refined handbag, the Kelly.

Jackie Kennedy was such a style icon that her name became a code word for a complete lifestyle.

She introduced pillbox hats by Halston, mainly because she didn’t like brims that concealed her face. Her slim waistline was accentuated with bow-tie belts. Beyond neutrals, she adopted monochromes including red, yellow, and the bright pastels designer Oleg Cassini suggested for her solo Indian Tour silk outfits. He also created her sable-trimmed wool coat that stood out from the fur-clad crowd on the Inauguration Day, and he often translated Givenchy, Balenciaga and Dior into her personal style. Kennedy brought little black dresses, three-quarter sleeves, big sunglasses, jeweled sandals and silk scarves to the masses.

 

Kate Middleton was the middle class girl who married a prince and is now living a real-life royal fairytale.  Every fashion move she makes is scrutinised and copied by millions of women worldwide – but what is it that makes her such a huge stye icon?

Her glossy bouncy locks, pretty girl-next-door looks and elegant fashion sense have seen her become the perfect modern role model.  And by sticking to simple styles she makes it easy for “normal” women to replicate her look. A big fan of regal formal styles and high street fashion, she mixes up her wardrobe with luxury and affordable items.

Figure-flattering tailoring is another firm favourite of Kate’s and she glams up her classic look with ornate hats and delicate fascinators. When is comes to accessories she keeps it simple with elegant, dainty jewellery, plain clutch bags and her favoured heeled pumps.