Rainbow Detox Salad
- 1 cup papaya scoops
- 1 cubed kiwi
- 3/4 cup of each ingredient: watermelon scoops, cubed apples, black grapes
- 1 handful of lettuce, torn with hands
- 5-7 chopped strawberries
- 3 tbsp. honey or maple syrup
- Ginger root, freshly squeezed juice
- 1/2 lemon, freshly squeezed juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Mix well papaya, kiwi, watermelon, apples, strawberries, and grapes. Cool down the mixture in the fridge.
- To prepare a dressing: squeeze ginger juice. Grate it and squeeze.
- Combine freshly squeezed ginger juice and lemon juice. Add honey.
- Season the dressing with salt and freshly ground pepper.
- Before serving the salad, mix fruits with lettuces and add with dressing.
China’s Hottest Grandpa
China’s ‘hottest grandpa’ on ageing: “No one can keep you from success except yourself”
Mr Wang hit his first gym at 50 and never looked back.
Since strutting bare chested down the runway last year, an 80-year-old man is being dubbed as China’s hottest grandpa.
Actor Wang Deshun has featured in films such as The Forbidden Kingdown and Warriors of Heaven and Earth and made his catwalk debut at Chinese Fashion Week, where he stole the show by storming shirtless down the runway with a seriously toned physique and long grey hair.
A picture of good health, Mr Wang is flouting China’s concerns of a rapidly ageing society with the mentality that getting older should never be used as an excuse for giving up.
It’s a topic he speaks passionately about online, saying in one popular video: “Many people started noticing me after a catwalk show…But do you know what? To prepare for this day, I’ve been getting ready for 60 years.”
Born in Shenyang in northeast China, he became a theatrical actor at 24, started learning English at 44 and set up his own pantomime troupe at 49. After moving to Beijing, Mr Wang hit his first gym at 50 and never looked back.
He makes clear that even in our golden years, we must continue to challenge ourselves and refrain from thinking it’s ever too late to achieve our dreams.
“Believe me, potential can be explored. When you think it’s too late, be careful you don’t let that become your excuse for giving up. No one can keep you from success except yourself.”
So next time you feel a senior moment coming on or groan as you bend, remember his words: “When it’s time to shine, be the brightest”.
Watch out for Zika
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to its global health emergency over the spread of the Zika. The infection has been linked to severe birth defects in almost 30 countries. These include microcephaly, where babies are born with abnormally small heads and restricted brain development. The WHO says more than 2,100 cases of nervous-system malformations have been reported in Brazil alone. Although the virus is mostly spread by mosquitoes, it can also be sexually transmitted. So, all pregnant women are asked to take precaution when travelling to Latin America or South East Asia. Here is more from New York Times.
An agency advisory committee said it ended the emergency — formally known as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern — because Zika is now shown to be a dangerous mosquito-borne disease, like malaria or yellow fever, and should be viewed as an ongoing threat met as other diseases are, sometimes with W.H.O. help. Committee members repeatedly emphasized that they did not consider the Zika crisis over. “We are not downgrading the importance of Zika,” said Dr. Peter Salama, executive director of the W.H.O.’s health emergencies program. “We are sending the message that Zika is here to stay and the W.H.O. response is here to stay.”Like all mosquito-borne diseases, Zika is seasonal and may repeatedly return to countries with the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that carry it, Dr. Salama added.
Since the W.H.O. first declared a state of emergency on Feb. 1, the Zika virus has spread to almost every country in the Western Hemisphere except Canada. Thousands of babies suffer deformities caused by the infection, and more are expected.Recent outbreaks and related birth defects have also been detected in Southeast Asia, although scientists believe the Zika virus has circulated there for decades.The most severe deformity is microcephaly, a tiny head with a severely underdeveloped brain; but fetuses have also been killed by the virus, and infected infants have been born blind, deaf, with clubbed feet and permanent limb rigidity.Scientists also fear that many infected babies who appear normal now may suffer from intellectual deficits or mental illnesses later in their lives.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expressed no opinion about the W.H.O.’s decision, but noted that it “did not change the urgent need to continue our work.”The agency also reiterated the warning it issued in January that pregnant women should avoid traveling to areas where the virus was being transmitted.
Who will dress the next First Lady?
It seems that even fashion is going political. There are reports that American designers want to boycott Melania Trump. Check out a story from BBC…
Finding the right outfit for the big day can be a challenge and there are few days bigger than a US presidential inauguration. But America’s biggest designers have been strangely reticent about bringing their best frocks and suits to Trump Tower. Indeed, some have been positively resistant. None more vocally than Sophie Theallet, a designer whose work has benefited from her association with Michelle Obama over the last eight years. Her open letter to her fellow designers, where she declares that she “will not participate in dressing or associating with the next First Lady”, has become a lightning rod for an industry that vocally supported Hillary Clinton during the election. The New York Times Fashion Director, Vanessa Friedman, has ventured that Clinton’s defeat and the arrival of the Trump family marks “possibly the end of fashion’s seat at the power table.”
During the campaign much was made of Mrs Clinton’s relationship with Ralph Lauren, a brand built on a vision of US heritage that harks back to a time when America was great.Whereas the designer was apparently comfortable being associated with Mrs Clinton’s trouser suit obsession, the jumpsuit Mrs Trump wore on election night was was bought off the rack, according to the brand.Michelle Obama has been a strong supporter of domestic designers and brands during her eight years as First Lady, mixing high fashion (Jason Wu, Maria Pinto) with High Street (J Crew, Target) to promote the industry and the values of Made in America.Her choice of outfits gained her a reputation as a consummate diplomatic dresser and saw designers willing to offer up their finery to her.Given the prestige associated with dressing the First Lady, it is notable that Mrs Trump has bought many of her most notable outfits at retail and has been associated with European designers so far – think of the infamous Gucci (Italy) pussycat bow blouse from the debates, or the Roksanda Ilinic (Serbia via UK) dress she wore for her Republican convention speech.
An estimated $250bn (£203bn) is spent annually on fashion in the US, according to a 2015 Joint Economic Committee report, and the fashion industry employs 1.9m people across the country.One of Mr Trump’s key messages was bringing industry back to America and, with “reshoring” of production a continuing trend, fashion could be a good place for the president-elect to start.Being seen not to back American businesses in an area of his presidency which is open to daily scrutiny would give his critics an easy opportunity to attack. The Washington Post checked on where Trump’s own brand goods were manufactured and found that some of his fashion lines carried labels indicating that they were manufactured outside of the US.They did find that his trademark “Make America Great Again” cap was “Proudly Made in USA”.
The image of ideal business woman in the Prada new collection spring/summer 2017
No matter how strong modern woman might be, she is still romantic at heart and dreams of poetic love. Collection Prada spring-summer 2017 was devoted to romance and celebration of feminine look.
The collection presented in Milan was developed together with director David O. Russell. David made his contribution and presented his short film at the show. The title of the film “Past Forward” means movement in both directions of time. It presents surreal display of quickly changing scenes in black and white. The official opening night will take place in Los Angeles in November and then will be available on prada.com.
As for the collection, Prada tried to convey the atmosphere of the film. The images were strictly elegant and rather modest. This is the classics of the brand. There were no extravagant makeup or heavy gold jewelry. Instead, one could see shorts of business uniforms, self-colored waistcoats, mid-length skirts, a variety of blazers and jackets.
“I did not want to complicate anything. I tried to find elegance of the last century and adapt it to the current circumstances. My clothes must convey the personality of each woman; women should feel comfortable and modern”, – said Miuccia Prada in the backstage interview.
Romance was felt in such details as feather-trimmed tops, skirts and sleeves of the classic coats. One could see glass palette embroidery, forming casual floral pattern on the evening sets. Prada also unveiled flying, half-transparent fabrics in combination with dresses and skirts.
The collection highlighted love of Ms. Prada to the era of Art Deco. Retrospective, geometric print, high waist, A-line midi-dresses, and the designer’s passion for mini-shorts.
Shirts and turtlenecks are an integral part of the wardrobe of every woman entrepreneur. These items were present in almost every look at the fashion show in Milan. The designer is attracted to the combination of shirts and turtlenecks with other clothing items: with short tops dressed on blouses with geometric print, buttoned at the throat, with cardigans, jackets and dresses.
As for the shoes, Prada chose flip flops, liked by fashionistas since Adidas released their sports version, and Gigi Hadid showed how to wear them in everyday life. Prada went further and suggested wearing flip flops with business suits and trousers. High-heeled shoes had not entered the collection, but there were sandals with feather details, pointed-toe flats and high platform summer sandals.
Dressed to kill
“Military Style Invades Fashion” is a New Book by Timothy Godbold (fashion journalist and author) takes us through the military style and what is behind it.
Accoridng from fashion experts at CNN militaria style is unmistakable and it is everywhere: worn by men, women and children across the globe. From high fashion to thrift-store chic, military appropriations are ubiquitous. Luxury fashion houses have long borrowed elements of both ceremonial swagger and utilitarianism from the style sheet of military uniform. And according to Vogue “designers are riffing on a more literal kind of uniform this season: the military uniform. It’s been influencing fashion since at least since the ’60s, when John Lennon wore a M-65 and Yves Saint Laurent introduced his iconic Saharienne jacket”.
Check out what you can find in this book.
Mixed Berry Maca Smoothie “Stay Healthy”
- 1 ¼ cups almond milk
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 6 dates
- 1 tsp. powdered maca root
- ½ cup of mixed berries
- Place almond milk into the blender. Add pumpkin seeds, dates and maca root powder.
- Blend the mixture beginning with slow speed and increasing it to the highest. Pulse for 30 seconds.
- Add mixed berries and blend the mixture for half a minute.
Custard Pie with Nutmeg “Romantic Evening”
For Pie Shells
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 8 tbsp. cubed mild unsalted butter
- 5 tbsp. cold water
- 5 eggs
- ½ cup of white sugar
- 1 pinch of salt
- 2 ½ cups of milk
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- ¼ tsp. freshly ground or grated nutmeg
Directions for making pie shell
- Combine flour, salt, sugar and blend it well in a food processor.
- Take a half of butter (4 tbsp.) and add it to the mixture. Pulse it for 6 times to make the mixture crumbly with pea-sized bits.
- Add cold water, sprinkling it gradually (one spoon after another) on the mixture. And pulse food processor again.
- As you add more ice water, crumbles in the mixture unite and make little clumps.
- Press these clumps to prepare dough for a pie shell. Roll the dough and make a flattened disk. Chill it for half an hour in the fridge.
- Take it out and form 12-inch discs on the surface with flour to avoid sticking.
- Make a deep pie shell in the round pan (9 inches in diameter) in a preheated oven at 400 F (200C).
- Place the disc, remove excessive dough and decorate it with crimps on the edge.
- Line the pan with foil and toss beans on the pie shell to avoid deformation in the oven.
- Bake it for 10-15 minutes with foil and weight of beans, then remove them and bake for a couple of minutes. In case, bubbles still appeared in spite of weight, you should not prickle them. Try to push them down gently.
Directions for making filling
- Pre heat the milk without bringing to a boil.
- In a bowl, beat up the eggs and sugar, add salt, vanilla and nutmeg.
- Incorporate the mixture gradually into the hot milk little by little.
- Pour gently the filling into a pie shell.
- Make the foil ring or use a pie shield to cover the pie.
- Bake again for 20 minutes at 210 F (100C).
- Remove the pie shield and bake for another 15 minutes.
- Cool the pie on the rack before serving.
My Top 10 favourite Boots this Winter
Are you looking for new pair of shoes? You’d like something warm, comfy but elegant at the same time?
Hope my selection of Top 10 boots will give you some ideas what is trending this winter season. One interesting trend in particular that is crazy – classy + trashy look. In regards to materials, be ready to see lots of lace, sparkles, ultra funky and bright colour suede. Another interesting twist is that designs combine multiple decades and futuristic look is still in demand. Enjoy!
Warm & Comfy
2 large green or red bell peppers
1 lb. (450 g) cooked quinoa
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. hot pepper seasoning
2 tomatoes, chopped
3 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Slice bell peppers in half. Remove caps and seeds. Rinse and cook in a pan over a medium heat for about ten minutes.
In a mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, quinoa, parsley, lemon juice, garlic, and hot pepper seasoning and mix well.
Place the mixture into bell pepper halves; sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.
Arrange stuffed bell peppers in a baking dish and bake at the medium temperature for 10–15