The Best Designer Luggage Lines
Purchasing a new piece of luggage can lead to some difficult decisions. Many questions arise, like what size is best for the type of traveling I do? What features must the bag have? And lastly, what is the best brand to get? With so many designer brands delving into the luxury luggage market, these decisions continue to become even harder to make. These are my picks of the best luxury luggage.
Gucci Supreme canvas carry-on suitcase
Ever since being founded by Guccio Gucci in 1921, this Italian brand has become one of the most instantly recognizable names within the fashion industry, representing impeccable style and craftsmanship. The Supreme carry-on bag from Gucci is ideal for long weekends or to take with you on board. Made from durable coated canvas adorned with the label’s GG insignia, this large holdall is trimmed in smooth chocolate brown leather and brown leather handles.
Fendi printed faux textured-leather travel trolley
Known for its iconic FF monogram, Fendi’s faux-textured leather travel suitcase is adorned with gold studs and trimmed in smooth, signature brown leather. This stylish yet practical piece features a front pocket to keep travel documents within easy reach and internal buckled straps to secure your items.
Eddie Harrop The Voyager fringed textured-leather weekend bag
Handcrafted by local artisans, The Voyager weekend bag from Eddie Harrop features cool grey leather with a stylish touch of fringe. With metal feet for protection, this generously-sized weekend bag includes an interior pocket and a detachable shoulder strap to keep your hands free when on the go. Neon-orange stars on the zip pulls add a subtle pop of color.
Globe-Trotter Champagne 33″ extra deep suitcase
The spacious interior of Globe-Trotter’s larger cases adds function to the simple yet vintage look of the luggage brand, which has been making suitcases since 1897. Englishman David Nelken founded Globe-Trotter in Germany but moved it to the UK in 1901 and it has remained there ever since. Past owners include the Queen and Winston Churchill. Its Deluxe Editions include the luxurious Champagne (seen here), Caviar, Orient and Pearl color schemes, all with high-quality leather corners and straps.
Roasted Cod “French Kiss”
- Cod fillets – 4
- ½ cup of chorizo
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 large tomato
- 1 can of broad beans
- 1 medium onion
- 2 garlic cloves crushed
- ½ lemon
- 1 small fresh red chilli
- 2 pinches of paprika
- 1 bunch of fresh mint
- 2 tbsp. of olive oil
- 1 cup of white wine
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Cut green bell pepper, chilli and onion into small cubes and place it in a deep cooking pan.
- Add olive oil and a few spoons of wine. Cook for 7 minutes on medium heat.
- Cut chorizo and add it to vegies. Close a pan with a lead and let it cook for another 10 minutes.
- Cut tomato, mint and place it in a pan as well, add a can of beans (drained from water), paprika, garlic and the rest of the wine. Stir well. Close with a lead and let it cook on low heat for another 10 minutes.
- In a separate non-stick frying pan add olive oil. Season cod fillets with salt, pepper, paprika and cook them until the skin is crisp for approximately 3 minutes on each side.
- Take fillets out and place them into the bean stew and close the lead. Let the cod cook for another 5 minutes. When ready to serve, place beans on a plate first and put cod on top.
Tips for Choosing a Child’s Car Seat
The car seat is an essential piece of child safety equipment. Here are some tips that will help you get the right one.
- Read your vehicle owner’s manual carefully before going shopping — to see exactly where the car seat should go and how it should be installed.
Having scanned the manual will ensure a better buying experience. Car eats can be attached using either the seat belt or the LATCH system (which stands for the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children system, and which all new vehicles have). You can decide before buying which one you want to use and then look for a seat based on how you want to install it — belt or LATCH.
- Make sure you choose the correct seat for your child’s age, weight, and height.
Each car seat owner’s manual details the weight and height specifications for that seat.
- Know how much room you have in the back seat. A seat with a large base may not fit in a small car — you may have to opt for one with a narrower base instead.
Also consider who’ll be sitting in the back seat. How many children do you have? How many are in car seats? Take back seat measurements before you go shopping and bring the measuring tape with you to the store to measure the base of the seats.
- Make installation easy. There should be clear instructions on the seat itself. Choose one that explains installation with a diagram as well as text.
Make use of all the instructions you can — those in the instruction booklet (which should always be kept with the seat), and the diagrams on the seat itself — to have the best possible chance of installing the seat correctly.
- Check the belt path — make sure it’s easily accessed, and that the seat belt is properly fastened and secure.
If you’re going to install the safety seat with the car’s seat belt, you’ll do so using the safety seat’s belt path — it’s what will keep the seat secure.
- Choose a seat with two-piece retainer clips. These clips are more difficult for a child to unfasten.
The two-piece clips take some dexterity and ingenuity to unfasten. Without these, toddlers may be able to unbuckle and climb out of their seat by themselves.
- Look for accessible harness adjusters.
All safety seat harnesses adjust, but you want to make sure the adjustments are easy to reach and simple to use. An improper harness adjustment makes the seat less effective in the event of a crash.
- Choose something easy to clean. Seats made with a smooth fabric will wipe clean more easily than a textured fabric such as corduroy.
This one’s more about cleanliness than safety — but easy-to-clean is a virtue, too.
Crispy Apricot Pie “Sweet Memories”
For pie crust:
- 4 cups of white flour
- 1½ cups of water
- 1½ cups of small unsalted butter cubes
- 2½ tbsp. vanilla sugar
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 egg whites
- 8 big apricots
- 1 seeded vanilla bean
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. of freshly ground cardamom
- ¼ cup of white flour
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp. heavy cream
- 1 pinch of salt
- Combine flour, vanilla sugar and salt to make a pie crust. Add butter to form pieces that are not bigger than pea.
- Add cold water and make a dough
- Divide dough into 2 pieces in the form of flat discs. Dough should be cooled in the refrigerator, wrapped in baggies. Take it out from the refrigerator in 1 hour.
- While you cool the dough, prepare the filling and preheat oven to 425F (250 C). Peel apricots and slice them. Add lemon juice to the mix of sliced fruit.
- Combine flour, cardamom, vanilla bean, brown sugar and salt in a separate bowl.
- Add it to the fruit mixture and set the filling aside to macerate for a quarter of an hour.
- Take a disc of dough made for pie crust and flatten it to make it round. Place the disc into the baking pie shell and use egg whites with pastry brush to moisten edges.
- Put the filling on a crust slowly; don’t fill the pie all the way to the top.
- Roll out the second half of dough to make the top for a pie. Cover the pie and seal the edges pressing them down with fingers and removing excess dough.
- Make the vents with a knife. Pierce the top to cut 10-12 slits.
- Place into the oven and bake it for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 350F (180C) and cook for another 20 minutes until pie becomes golden brown.
- Take the pie out. Its better if the pie is cooled off for 2-3 hours before you serve it.
Tokyo Street Style
For over two decades, Japanese photographer Shoichi Aoki has been documenting the most outlandish, provocative and definitive Tokyo street fashion. Beginning in 1996, Shoichi captured the complete transformation of Harajuku — the city’s fashion hot spot — from pedestrian shopping precinct, to cutting-edge Asian style center, documenting it all in his publication.
This is what photograther says about style “In Tokyo there are many people that come from different regions, with different histories and different regional tastes. It’s really cool that it’s not just about age. Harajuku is a special place where new fashion comes out so I think it’s very different to other places in Tokyo. You’ll see several different groups of people.”
What do you think of Tokyo Street Style?
World’s Most beautiful jewels
(CNN) This year, Beijing’s Palace Museum — a vast, architectural complex that 24 Chinese emperors called home over 500 years — will hosting a somewhat unexpected exhibition. Running until July 2 is a one-off show dedicated to Chaumet, the prestigious Paris jewelry house once patronized by Napoleon Bonaparte.
Titled “Imperial Splendours: The Art of Jewellery since the 18th Century,” the Beijing show is a journey through Chaumet’s nearly 240-year history, told through some 300 works, jewels, paintings, drawings and objets d’art.
Set in the tower of the museum’s Wumen Gate, where emperors once announced the following year’s almanac, the show features not only works from Chaumet’s archives, but also from the Louvre, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the Palace Museum among others.
The exhibition is a rare opportunity to see pieces that have never been shown in public, and many that have never left France, such as Napoleon’s impressive gem-set golden coronation sword, which was co-created by Chaumet founder Marie-Étienne Nitot in 1802.
Other highlights include a sumptuous 1813 gold, pearl and onyx medieval-style belt worn by Empress Marie-Louise with her day parure: a gold-and-blue suite comprising a hair jewel, a necklace, bracelets and earrings.
Complementing these French designs are the Palace Museum’s imperial gems, including two Qing dynasty pieces: a vibrant kingfisher feather headdress, and a double-dragon hair pin set in silver, pearls, coral and glass. Continuing the dialogue is Chaumet’s diamond and platinum brooch with a jade Chinese junk motif from the art deco era, when chinoiserie was all the rage.
Tiaras also feature heavily. Chaumet’s has, after all, produced more than 2,000 tiaras to date. A 1811 wheat-motif design kicks off what will be a recurring theme for the house. A 1914 aigrette with a central emerald brings the headpiece into more modern times, but it’s a 2017 diadem, created by a jewelry student from London’s Central Saint Martins by way of a design competition, that suggests where the beloved tiara is headed.
East meets West
Over in Paris, the Asian — and imperial — theme continues, courtesy of From the “From the Great Mughals to the Maharajas: Jewels from the Al Thani Collection,” on now at the Grand Palais. Featuring 250 Indian and Indian-inspired gems from the Al Thani Collection, a private collection owned by Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani, the pieces date back over 400 years.
The legendary Agra pink diamond will appeal to purists. It was supposedly acquired by the first Mughal emperor, Babur, in 1526, before being smuggled to England some 330 years later. Meanwhile, Cartier was among the many western houses greatly inspired by Indian culture, here exemplified by a fantastic 1928 diamond and ruby necklace that’s topped off with a whopping 234.65-carat yellow diamond.
The Jazz Age was marked by immense social change and liberation, which for jewelry meant bold, rakish designs that reflected the women who wore them. This summer, “Jeweled Splendors of the Art Deco Era: The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection” at New York’s Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum celebrates the era with a show of over 100 luxury objects — mainly vanity cases, but also clocks and watches — gifted by Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan to his wife Catherine.
The pieces, which date from 1910 to 1938 and hail from venerable maisons, including Boucheron and Bulgari, are top examples of the decorative codes that defined the times, from fascination with the exotic to strong, geometric forms.
And finally, those unable to make the above shows before closing day will be relieved to hear that Amrapali, one of India’s largest contemporary jewelers, has this month unveiled a new museum in India’s gem capital, Jaipur.
The museum is a true labor of love for Amrapali’s founders, Rajiv Arora and Rajesh Ajmera. As history graduates in the 1980s, the pair embarked on a journey to discover their country, amassing not only art objects, but the inspiration to create a contemporary jewelery brand. Now the 3,000 pieces come under one roof in an annex to its corporate headquarters, and is a one-of-a-kind showcase of India’s gold and silversmithing heritage.
Art Goes Pop
(CNN) When Columbia Records introduced the first LPs in 1948, they didn’t just change how we listen to music. They also changed how we see it by popularizing illustrated album covers. (Before WWII, most records typically came in generic sleeves.)
Basil Pesto “Quickie”
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup pine nuts (cleaned)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- To prepare basil pesto place the basil leaves and pine nuts into a food processor and blend well. Add the garlic and Parmesan cheese and continue to mix. Slowly add the olive oil in while the processor is running, it will help to make pesto smooth and tender. Stir in some salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
The Best selling Jeans Brands in the World
Jeans are the very popular casual wears loved all over the world irrespective of gender and age. They are typically made of denim or dungaree cloth. Jeans is considered as one of the most comfortable outfits which irrespective of any gender are loved worldwide. Jeans are available in various shapes and sizes so that you can pick the one which as per you suit you and your personality well. Below here is the list of top branded jeans which are really famous in the market.
Levis Strauss& Co
This brand is known to be the pioneer in denim wear about 163 years ago. The first jean of the world was invented by Jacob Davis in association with Levis Strauss& Co, patented in the year 1873. Based on fit, the jeans are categorized as big, tall, skinny, boot cut, taper, relaxed, slim, straight. The fabrication, crafting of the jeans is of superior quality and loved the most around the world. The 500 series is the range of styles for men while 300,400, 700 and 800 series are the styles for women.
This Company was established by Renzo Rosso in 1978. The company has come a long way to become one of the favourite brands of youngsters at present. It employed terrific international market strategy in the early 90’s and brought about advancement in stitching and design.
This is a denim jeans brand headquartered at Greensboro, North Carolina, United States in 1947. The company manufactures varieties of products in denim jeans with fashionable and trendy designs. The material of their jeans is very comfortable and doesn’t feel heavy as other brands. The brand is owned by the largest apparel company in the world, VF Corporation. It is also a brand known for top-class work wears. The standout of Wrangler jeans is the iconic “W” design on the back pocket.
This brand is a subsidiary of PVH Corporation, established in 1968 in New York City, United States. This line of casual denim wears was found by the fashion designer Calvin Klein who gave unique designs and styles that followed the trend. The denim jeans line of Calvin Klein is licensed to Warnaco Group. The brand name has the emblem “cK” used in marketing all over the world. The denim jeans of cK are always fashionable and speak the style that is trending.
How to get children involved in chores
Research shows that children learn in many ways about family relationships and how their family functions. Being involved in household chores is one way they can learn.
When children contribute to family life, it also helps them feel competent and responsible. Sharing housework can minimise stress in a family. Getting kids involved in chores helps the family work better.
How to get children involved in chores – and motivated!
The secret is asking for contributions that you value and that suit your children’s age and ability. A chore that’s too hard for a child can be frustrating – or even dangerous – and one that’s too easy might be boring.
Even young children can start to help out if you choose activities that are right for their age. You can start with simple jobs like looking after their own toys or rooms. These send the message to children that their contribution is important.
It’s also important to think about chores or tasks that get children involved in caring for the family as a whole. For example, get them to help with setting or clearing the table. Jobs like these are more likely to promote a sense of responsibility and participation.
If your children are old enough, you can have a family discussion. This can reinforce that the whole family contributes to how the household runs. Children over six years old can help decide which chores they’d prefer.
Suggested chores for different ages
Children can help out around the house in many different ways. For example, they can simply go outside to play when the grown-ups need to do big jobs in the house. Some families expect older children to help with younger children – amusing them, distracting them, protecting them.
Here are some ideas of chores for children of different ages.
Pick up toys and books.
Put clothes on clothes hooks.
Set placemats on the dinner table.
Set the table for meals.
Help with preparing meals, under supervision.
Help put clean clothes into piles for each family member, ready to fold.
Help with grocery shopping and putting away groceries.
Hand you wet clothes to be hung out to dry.
Water the garden and indoor plants.
Take care of food and clean water for pets.
Help carry garden refuse, under supervision.
Clean bathroom sink.
Wipe down kitchen benches.
Help wash and hang out clothes.
Help fold dry washing.
Put away crockery and cutlery.
Do some dusting.
Take out rubbish.
Help with meal preparation and serving, under supervision.