Women’s Watch Trends 2017

Ladies watch trends in 2017 are all about minimalist designs, sporty elegance, smart capabilities, leather straps, luxurious gold tones, timeless whites and blue shades. Enduring trends in timepieces such as big watches, rose gold and ceramic watches are still in style in 2017.

#1: Minimalist Watches

Pared-back minimalist watches that exude effortless style and an understated luxury and possess a timeless elegance and sophistication reign right now.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication and less is more. A simple minimalist watch will go with everything, bring the best out of your look, and will catch the eye in all its simplicity.

Add Dutch-cool style to your looks with timepieces like Daniel Wellington, The Horse, Cluse, Larsson & Jennings, Skagen and more.

#2: Sporty Elegance

Sports luxe watches for women with an athletic aesthetic and luxurious elegance are a hot trend right now in line with one of the hottest fashion trend of the moment – athleisure.

Chic and dressy yet bold and sporty, they’re perfect for laid-back agendas – sunny Saturday afternoons leisurely shopping trips, late brunches, and coffee breaks.

They have cool style with rubber and silicone bands, large sizes, sporty features like water resistance and stopwatch capabilities, and luxurious features such as gold tones and sparkly crystal adornments.

Top brands for sporty elegant watches include Invicta, Technomarine, Mulco, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, Casio, Michael Kors, Guess among others.

#3: Luxurious Gold Tones

Gold is classic, versatile and a top favorite tone when it comes to watches. Always stylish and fashionable, yellow gold timepieces are some of the most popular in 2017.

Nothing makes a statement quite like yellow gold watches! A gold timepiece is a striking piece of jewelry and fashion accessory. The flashy finish guarantees that the watch will be noticed.

Yes, rose gold watches are still in style in 2017! The rose gold trend has actually lasted longer than you can imagine. Rose gold first became fashionable at the beginning of the 19th century.

This rosy tone looks good on all kinds of skin tones and pairs well with other jewelry pieces. A perfect alternative for those who don’t like the flashness of yellow gold.

Choose a rose gold tone metal bracelet or mesh watch or white leather, silicone and rubber straps with a rose gold case and bejeweled bezel to make the everyday glamorous or add extra sparkle to a special occasion.

#4: Leather Watches

Leather watches are hot and there are lots of styles and colors to try. Leather straps in neutral browns, blacks, blues, pinks, and whites. Smooth, textured, to embossed.

Double leather wrap watch bands in neutral as well as vibrant colors are a top strap style right now. A double strap gives a watch a fashionable and sophisticated edge.

Glamorous leather watches with be-jeweled bezels.

#5: Timeless Whites and Sparkle

Leather, rubber and silicone straps in timeless whites attached to yellow gold and rose gold cases and bejeweled bezels. The result: stunning and attention-grabbing timepieces to grace the wrist and add sparkle to outfits.

Orecchiette with Rabbit “Don’t Let me Go”

Ingredients:

 

Preparation

  1. Cook Orecchiette according to pack instructions (to make it al dente, don’t cook them all the way). Set aside when it’s ready.
  2. In a wok, preheat olive oil, cut rabbit meat into small cubes. Place rabbit and stir meat frequently until its sizzling for about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add half a cup of wine, close with a lead and let it cook for 10 min.
  4. Chop broccoli and zucchini into small cubes. Add the rest of the wine to the wok, broccoli, zucchini, capers and spice mix. Cook for another 10 minutes.
  5. Mix meat sauce with pasta, serve with parmesan and parsley.

The Best 10 Cities to Live in

It’s official. Melbourne is on top of the world — again.
The Australian city has topped the Economist Intelligence Unit’s ranking of the most livable cities in the world for the seventh year in a row.
Melbourne received a score of 97.5 out of 100 on the annual list, which assesses stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure in 140 different cities.

Movers and shakers

Austrian capital Vienna came in second place, with a score of 97.4, and Canada’s Vancouver received a rating of 97.3, with both cities retaining their places from 2016.
While very little has changed at the top end of the list in the past 12 months, there have been some major changes further down.
Iceland’s Reykjavik moved up 13 places from 50 to 37 with a score of 89.9. This significant jump is thought to stem from a rise in tourism as well as redevelopment. Amsterdam, which has seen a decline in crime rates in recent years, has also progressed, shifting up to 18th spot with a score of 94.0.
It’s a slightly bleaker picture for Manchester and Stockholm, whose rankings have fallen as a result of high-profile terrorist attacks. Manchester dropped from 43 to 51 on the list, while Stockholm is down to 26, with an overall score of 92.1.
However the overall result is positive on a global scale as 12 cities have seen an improvement in livability, while just six have experienced a decline.

‘Challenges to livability’

“While the improvement is marginal it does reflect a positive note for global livability, which has been beset by mounting instability over the course of the last decade,” says Jon Copestake, editor of the survey.
“Many of the challenges to livability have not gone away, terror attacks have continued and geopolitical posturing has created further international uncertainty. Perhaps a turning point has been reached but livability levels remain low by historical standards.”
Unsurprisingly the bottom of the list is made up of cities devastated by war, poverty and political unrest.
Syria’s capital, Damascus, is at the very bottom, with an overall livability rating of just 30.2, while Nigeria’s Lagos and Libya’s Tripoli are just slightly ahead, with scores of 36 and 36.6 respectively.

Most livable cities 2017:

1. Melbourne, Australia
2. Vienna, Austria
3. Vancouver, Canada
4. Toronto, Canada
5. (tie) Calgary, Canada
5. (tie) Adelaide, Australia
7. Perth, Australia
8. Auckland, New Zealand
9. Helsinki, Finland
10. Hamburg, Germany

 

http://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/worlds-most-livable-cities-2017/index.html

“Back to Sleep” Campaign

Despite a 23-year campaign urging that babies be put to bed on their backs, only 43.7% of US mothers report that they both intend to use this method and actually do so all the time, according to a new study.

The Safe to Sleep campaign has been telling both caregivers and parents to use this position since 1994. Placing babies on their backs before they go to sleep reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, an unexplained fatal condition also known as SIDS, as well as other sleep-related infant deaths like suffocation, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The study, published Monday in the medical journal Pediatrics, surveyed 3,297 mothers, of whom 77.3% reported that they usually — but not always — put their babies to sleep on their backs.
“What was new and hadn’t been explored before was this idea of what people intended to do versus what they actually do,” said Dr. Eve Colson, professor of pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine and co-author of the study. “What we found was that people intended to put their baby on their back but didn’t always do that.”
Another finding was that those who felt the baby’s sleeping position was not up to them, but rather the baby or another family member, were more than three times as likely to place the baby on its stomach.
The two main critiques of back sleep were the fear that the baby might choke and that it’s less comfortable than having them sleep on their stomachs, Colson said.
These beliefs could be from lack of education, as well as cultural and familial influences, said Dr. Robin Jacobson, a pediatrician at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone Health, who was not involved in the study. Many prior generations had their babies sleep on their stomachs, she said.
“Grandmothers and aunts and everybody have told (mothers), if they have babies sleep on their bellies, they’re more comfortable; they’re not going to choke,” she said. “And because of that, a new mom who doesn’t really have a lot of information is using information from everybody else in their life.”

A racial disparity

The new research oversampled Hispanic and African-American women in order to make adequate comparisons across racial groups, the authors said. African-American mothers were reported to be the least likely to put their babies on their backs, compared with other demographics.
There were about 3,700 sudden unexpected infant deaths in the US in 2015, according to the CDC. SIDS account for 1,600 of those while 1,200 are due to unknown causes and 900 were due to accidental suffocation and strangulation while in bed. The sudden unexpected infant death rate of non-Hispanic black infants was 170.2 per 100,000 live births between 2011 and 2014, more than twice that of non-Hispanic white infants (83.8 per 100,000).
The elevated rate has a lot to do with societal norms, said Dr. Rachel Moon, a pediatrician who has studied SIDS in African-American communities.
“There’s very much a culture of putting babies on their stomach in an African-American community,” said Moon, who was not involved in the new study. “There’s a lot more dependence on grandmothers and other senior family members as trusted sources, and lots of times, the information that you get from your family members is more persuasive than what you get from physicians and other sources.”
Moon also said that parents perceive babies to be uncomfortable if they are frequently waking or crying while on their backs, so they let the child determine the sleeping position.
“I think the fact that parents don’t feel like they have control is something we can talk about,” she said. “It’s often the child that’s the queen or the king of the household. And I think parents often forget that they’re the adults of the household, and they can actually make decisions if they think they’re right for their children.”

Preventing SIDS

The latest guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics advise that parents sleep in the same room — but not the same bed — as infants until the child is at least 6 months old.
Babies should be placed on their backs on a firm sleeping surface with a tight-fitted sheet and no pillows or blankets, to prevent suffocation and overheating. They should never be put on couches, sofas or cushioned chairs to sleep.
But what’s the best way to ensure that everyone obtains access to this information?
The key is educating parents’ friends and families, facilitating open conversations about infant sleep and encouraging the media and advertisers to display images of safe sleep practices, according to an editorial accompanying the new study.
It also noted that health care providers should be consistently communicating clear messages about safe sleep guidelines.
“Every single health care provider needs to be saying the same thing,” Moon said.
The study found that those who received advice from their doctor consistent with the guidelines were less likely to place a baby on its side or stomach to sleep.
“You don’t really realize when you’re doing this day in and day out that moms really respect you and really listen to what you’re saying and even would agree with you over their own mother or somebody else in their life,” Jacobson said of doctors. “So I definitely think this needs to be publicized again in the American Academy of Pediatrics and with pediatricians to really push the Safe to Sleep program.”

Tartan & Checks Trend: How To Style In Fall-Winter

If you are looking for a classic print that can update modern silhouettes, then I advice you to try tartan and checks trend. I want to share with you some of the best ways how you can style it this fall season. This print is back the style agenda. The thing about tartan is the functionality during the cold weather. Fashion brings colorful and bright interpretations from classic to grunge styles by offering us bold new styling choices. This traditional pattern explores new horizons by appearing in various colors and sizes.

The fun side lies in the endless styling opportunities, by choosing unexpected outfits or keeping it look clean. Anyway, let me share with you some ideas on how to wear it:

The innovative heritage piece

Rethink classic checks with pieces, which feature interesting details such as bright embroidery.

Statement suit 

Never underestimate the power of a printed suit, especially when worn with bold accessories.

Also, remember to switch it up by layering with casual pieces, like a hoodie or bomber jacket.

Tasteful tartan

Not only for kilts, tartan can be found on gorgeous modern pieces, like a pair of wide-leg culottes.

Think outside the box 

This trend is certainly not limited, so don’t forget about bold harlequin-inspired numbers.

And don’t be scared to contrast your printed trousers with other bright pieces, like in this fabulous look…

A touch of romance

With added flirty details, like ruffles and soft flounces, this preppy print gets a brilliant makeover.

Gingham is Glorious

Gingham is here to stay, so make the most of it!

 

Children’s whims – the tactics of behavior for parents

Childhood – a time of constant change and attempts to adapt to them. Preschool and school children of younger age scare happening to them change, it causes stress How to beat stress? Create an oasis   and a variety of forms of reaction, including – children’s whims.

When the children cry at his younger brother or sister, slams the door, say hurtful things parents – it’s often a veiled cry for help, but the child can not admit it even to himself. Typically, children begin whims about three years, and the offensive end of adolescence. Transitional age – the period of emotional turmoil . Mood swings, a protest against anything, dissatisfaction with themselves and others at teenagers not called caprices, because of all this there are objective reasons – the sharp fluctuations in hormonal levels, changes in body perception, the emergence of mass psychological problems. No wonder, if because of this people sometimes lose control.

A young child or preschooler reasons to be upset, it seems, is not – he still cloudless, carefree childhood, which is necessary to enjoy and when the baby does not behave in the best way, they say that he whim.

Causes of childhood whims

In fact, the life of young children is not as rosy as it seems. Of course, it should be great to sleep for twelve hours a day, eat cooked food for you, and all the free time to devote to games. However, in two years, children go through a personal crisis: they have just learned to walk and use a variety of tools, and strive as much as possible to explore the world, and at the same time, they are afraid that it may detect. Finally, they are afraid of the idea that the parents, whom they trust so as never to trust anyone will not suddenly disappear somewhere. In addition, parents sometimes behave strangely. From time to time they make a child to do something against his will, and is sometimes very hard say “no” – from the perspective of the child, they do it just like that.

Even if you gently justifies its ban (“No, dear, do not need to take this knife for cutting meat, you can cut yourself”), two year old child still does not understand what you are doing it for the sake of his safety. Because it makes the parents – the people, whom he loves very much, and who trust – the refusal may be perceived as a sign that the child does not like. It causes fear and often leads to the whims – the child is not so much want to get the knife, how to make sure that it is still expensive to their parents. This logic may seem strange, but because the children really do not think like adults. The pain felt by children in situations comparable to that experienced by adults who changes the favorite person.

When a child is three or four years, he begins to realize that his parents will not abandon, no matter what happens, and the reasons are the whims of others. At this age the child already understands that he – not a single entity with the parents, and begins to strive to fulfill their own desires. When it does not work (you refuse to buy a child a toy for the fifteenth month, or try to put him to bed too early – in his opinion), he begins to protest. More often than not the whims of that age are accompanied to spreading anything that comes to hand, and even aggression against others. The reason for this is quite simple. If an adult, with its advanced speech, words can explain the reason for his anger, the child it is not capable of, and uses the skills developed in his best – large motor skills.

In addition, young children are still not well developed frontal lobe of the brain – areas that are responsible for planning, logical thinking, memory and self-control. Therefore, children are literally living in the moment and not thinking about the consequences, can throw glass on the wall (or in person), grab the dog by the tail, and so on.

Poorly functioning frontal lobes are also responsible for the fact that in children there is practically no sense of time, and the call to be patient and wait for them – almost empty phrase. They want the cake, which will bake for another half hour, right now, and do not want to wait a couple of hours until the rain will pass, and you can go for a walk.

You should not consider himself a bad parent if your kids act up – as long as it is extremely difficult to behave differently.

How to cope with children’s whims

Warning adults only fuels the whims of children, and sometimes leads to hysteria. If a child acts up, go about their business for a while and give it to yourself. Gradually he calmed down, and even to draw some conclusions from the situation.

Many parents are tempted to take the path of least resistance, and yield to the requirements of the children to stop whims. They stop, but only temporarily. Some time later, the child starts to act up again, this time with a clear purpose – to get what you want.

Sometimes the cause of the vagaries of becoming bored. Carried away the child something – for example, drawing or sports, that in his life there is no room for boredom.

If your child is prone to the vagaries of, try to switch his attention. Play music, sing him a lullaby Lullabies: universal hypnotic  Give him an interesting toy – many children quickly forget about their problems when their attention seizes a new object.

Shortage of fresh air could be one reason for the capricious behavior. Walk with the child for a walk every day, rain or shine; Exceptions are possible only in the days when he is ill.

 

Avocado and Roasted Beet Salad “Health kick”

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Sprinkle the beets with olive oil. Put the beets in a baking dish, add water. Season the beets.
  2. Put the beets into the preheated oven at 350°F (175°C). Cover the beets tightly with special paper or foil.
  3. The cooking time is about 70-80 minutes or more if needed until tender. Use knife to check the readiness.
  4. Peel roasted beets, cut them into cubes. Put the beets to a bowl and put it aside.
  5. To make a dressing: place the following ingredients to the blender: onion, freshly squeezed lemon juice, vinegar, maple syrup, and mustard. Season the mixture with salt and pepper.
  6. Blend all this until smooth. When the food processor is running, add olive oil and canola oil to the ingredients.
  7. Combine salad greens, beets and pieces of avocado. Add onion dressing to the dish and mix it carefully.
  8. Toss feta and walnuts before serving.

Asparagus Soup “Ecstasy”

Ingredients

 

Preparation

  1. Add the water to a saucepan and season with salt and bring the liquid to a boil.
  2. Add the asparagus and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and cook onions and leeks. Season it with salt and pepper.
  4.  Sauté the mixture for 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic, flour, parsley and oregano and cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. Add cooked asparagus and the liquid. Bring the liquid to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes, or until the asparagus is very tender.
  6. Place the mixture to a blender and puree the soup until smooth.
  7. Put the soup back to the saucepan and add in the cream.
  8. Remove soup from the heat and chill it. Before serving, garnish soup with creme fraiche and quail eggs.

Mediterranean Sauce “Delightful”

Ingredients

 

Preparation

  1. Skin the tomatoes by pouring hot water on them.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, and add onions, tomatoes, and garlic. Cook for about 15 minutes, until the tomatoes are just starting to break down.
  3. Add white wine, oregano and Italian seasoning mix. Stir in the olives, sugar, balsamic, and basil, and then season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook for a further minute or so, and then serve hot over the preferred pasta.

 

Fall 2017 Must Have Looks

We may only just be entering the realms of proper summer,but it would be foolish to ignore the fresh batch of autumn 2017 trends that is just around the corner. From futuristic fabrics, to tonal dressing, fashion’s throwing some frivolous, and some revolutionary ideas our way next season – and there’s nothing to stop you from getting ahead of the pack and working a few of these into your wardrobe right now. These are the trends worth noting…

Hi, Shine

When Karl Lagerfeld built a Chanel rocket launchpad in the middle of the Grand Palais, the trend for space-age fabrics was confirmed. Fluid silver lamé was used for evening dresses at Paco Rabanne, while Christopher Kane used iridescent foil and J.W. Anderson declared chainmail to be the unexpected new party fabric.

Chanel’s autumn 2017 fashion show CREDIT: GETTY

Get the gloss

Raf Simons made his debut at Calvin Klein, coating every outerwear option in his collection in clear plastic. Elsewhere, Miu Miu, Roksanda and Fendi also went big on the patent and PVC.

Calvin Klein’s autumn 2017 fashion show CREDIT: GETTY

Tonal time

Roksanda, Preen and more of the big names in London decided that it was time to brush up on our colour coordination, championing top-to-toe tonal dressing for all. The key to getting it right for now, it seems, is to offset with one accessory in a contrasting hue.

Roksanda’s autumn 2017 fashion show CREDIT: SEAN CUNNINGHAM

Corduroy comeback

Prada, Mulberry and Lemaire led the charge for a cord revival, reimagined in new, feminine silhouettes. The new corduroys come in blush, terracotta or teal – a far cry from the geography professors of yesteryear.

Mulberry’s autumn 2017 fashion show CREDIT: VIRGILE

Sharp suiting

The top takeaway from the latest round of shows? Get yourself some decent tailoring, stat. For the new season, jackets are more fitted and less shoulder-padded than the last. Celine, Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein and more, say that looking the part is as good as being the part.

Stella McCartney’s autumn 2017 fashion show CREDIT: GETTY

Posh plumage

At Prada, Lanvin, Sonia Rykiel and more, fanciful feather trims punctuated evening and daywear options alike. Team with more rich textures for a haberdasher’s dream dress come party season.

Prada’s autumn 2017 fashion show

Granny knits

If Christopher Kane says the cardigan is back, who are we to argue? His come readily pilled with shiny buttons, while Gucci even teamed theirs with Nanna’s pearls.