Month: July 2014

“GROWTH”

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“Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger, spiritually, than we were before.

Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant. But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening.

Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed.”

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IBIZA IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA

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dbc6d6c3141a0f4b002492cbb324cd68This is going to be a long post, as there are so many places to love in Ibiza… For a reason its called Magic Island! Although some might think it’s because of the crazy party scene the real reason is the special energy of the Island. Ibiza is home to Es Vedra – the imposing and mysterious rock the sits off the Southwest coast of Ibiza. Due to extremely high concentrations of metals and minerals the rock creates a highly magnetic field, resulting into ’3rd most magnetic spot’ on the globe – one of the 3 energy triangles in the world, with the Bermuda Triangle being another. It is near to impossible to get a direct compass reading in this location, if the device works at all. This special energy in the surrounding area may also influence more sensitive individuals. At the base of the cliff is an old quarry where hippies have apparently experienced visions of Buddha, and decorated the cave with symbols. There are also many myths and legends that surround the island.

In addition to this energy and all other things to love about Ibiza like – great music, all the crazy parties, hippie chic roots Ibiza is also place of incredible natural beauty and diversity – cliff tops, coves, white sand beaches, turquoise waters, pine forests and mountain springs. There are more than 60 beaches as well as several natural parks (such as Ses Salines and Cala d’Hort). Ibiza has sun 340 days of the year – light that uplifts and sunsets which open the heart and quieten the mind. With all the places I mention below I guess these is long enough list to love Ibiza and come back every year! So here we go…

IBIZA I LOVE… 

SA TRINXA (Las Salinas) visit to Ibiza would not be complete with old good Sa Trinxa, Sangria on the beach, sit down in Las Salinas shallow water pools while listening to Dj Jon Sa Trinxa. Non pretentious people from all over the world congregate here to swim and get some sun, so you get a great mix of like minded souls, some with clothes and some with out, hippies, superstars, Musicians,DJ’s and record label bosses. And by the late afternoon they’re all getting their groove on with toes in the sand.

CHIRINGUITO (Es Cavallet)  small, cozy and stylish beach club with fantastic Restaurant. Great fish and seafood, chic ambience and cool people! Nice beach wear shop as a bonus! I love to go there as there I always bump into friends from all over the world without planning in advance.

SUNSET ASHRAM (Cala Conta) – Cala Conta is another beautiful and more chilaxed beach, where you can enjoy both the day as well as the sunset.The atmosphere at Sunset Ashram is great. It is laid back and tranquil with a mixture of fashionable people and a hippie culture.

BLUE MARLIN (Cala Jondal)  – Blue Marlin used to be my favorite place for a long time. Recently less so as it has been getting more similar to St. Tropez Nikki Beach with more fake boobs and  Djs spinning Swedish House Mafia (personally not a fun of neither). But if its your first time in Ibiza than you should definetelly check it out! If you are St.Tropez and tall models fan than its also a must! The craziest is Sunday, where it turns into a huge party that goes on till midnight.  (Make sure you look HOT and bring not only your best bikini but also a sparkly dress to put on top towards the evening).

LAS DALIAS HIPPIE MARKET – (Santa Eularia ) –  for me a must thing to do when Ibiza and it is not only about shopping but also about experiencing the hippie vibe, meeting the original hippies, sipping chai tea and an anise liqueur on one of the bars colorful floor cushions while listening to live music during the night sessions. Saturday till 8 pm and Monday from 8 pm – 11 am. Tuesday nights in July and August.

OLD TOWN – great both during the day at night for shopping, night market or having a bite in one of the typical Spanish restaurants on one of the narrow cable stone streets. Watch out for your belongings – quite a few pick pocekts around.

Enjoy Ibiza!

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The ten highest paid supermodel in the world

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The ten highest paid supermodel in the world

Gisele Bündchen reigns on the Forbes list for the seventh consecutive year. For the first four places, there are over thirty models: in addition to charm and a bit of luck needed in fact experience and a keen business sense

Charm, luck, experience and a great sense for business. These are the four qualities that used to appear on the Forbes list dedicated to the highest paid models in the world that takes into account the receipts recorded by the top between June of 2012 and June of 2013 and relies on trade agreements, licenses and shots taken . And Gisele Bündchen, queen of the catwalk for the seventh consecutive year with $ 42 million, has them all. If we are unable to sign a contract with the lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret’s it: six of the top in the chart are in fact “Angels” of the fashion house specializing in the depths of high range or have appeared in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. The company is very sensitive to the charm and talent, has over the years become a trademark of sure success, to spend more to sign additional contracts.
In the top ten turnover is substantial. On the other account that the supermodel is a golden world where, however, the presence (motherhood can block for a long time a model) and freshness are very heavy. Compared to last year are out of the top ten Natalia Vodianova, 3rd place in 2012 with $ 8.6 million; Doutzen Kroes on the 5th last year with 6.9 million last year and Alessandria Ambrosio in 2012 to 6th place with 6.6 million.
Contrary to what you might imagine, to win are not the young. Indeed …. the first four places in the ranking, there are over thirty including the legendary Kate Moss, who in January will celebrate forty years. The supermodel winning in fact do not just pull out, but thanks to years of experience, make use of the skills with their activities and production lines. And in this, the thirtysomething Bündchen, Kerr and Moss are great teachers.
Here’s the full top ten:

1) Gisele Bündchen, 32, with $ 42 million seizes the throne of the catwalks for the 7th year in a row, and even beats her husband,
quarterback Tom Brady (that year earned “only” 38.3 million) . The supermodel has experienced a slight decline in receipts compared to 2012, when he ended the year with as many as 45 million, on the other hand compared to 2006 is the leap side effect (four years ago, the top Brazilian had grossed only 25 millions). The supermodel, Victoria’s Secret Angel Town, last year won contracts with H & M (replacing Beyonce), Chanel (beating Rihanna) and David Yurman (marched to Kate Moss). However Bündchen derives most of its earnings from business partnerships and their own fashion lines (they also signed a Brazilian Ipanema flip-flops), as well as from its own cosmetics companies ecological Sejaa.

2) Miranda Kerr, 30, with $ 7.2 million, jumps up five places compared to a year ago (closed with 4 million). After the birth of
Flynn, his son with Orlando Bloom, supermodel has taken this year to work full time. The gains resulting contracts old (as with Victoria’s Secret which is Angel from 2007) and new (Mango, David Jones, Lipton and Quantas) as well as its own line of cosmetic products (Kora) that Kerr launched in 2009. Kerr is one of the protagonists of the Pirelli Calendar 2014

3) Adriana Lima, 33, with $ 6 million, earns a place compared to 2012, however, closed with 7.3 million dollars. Most of the flow from the contract with Victoria’s Secret angel is referred Lima since 2000. Supermodel also works with leading brands like Miu Miu, Donna Karan, Mavi Jeans and Metrocity.

4) Kate Moss, 39 years implored a living legend. Moss has managed to gain last year with $ 5.7 million (down from 2nd
got a year ago with well 9.2 million) thanks to contracts with Vogue Eyewear, Rimmel, Versace and Liu-Jo.

5) Liu Wen, 25 years, with $ 4.3 million is the first Chinese and the first super top model of the country to march in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. His name may explode in the coming years thanks to the Chinese market, according to estimates by the Boston Consulting Group, is expected to triple by 2020 and touch U.S. $ 200 billion. Among the contracts are due to Wen: H & M, Estee Lauder, Calvin Klein and Hugo Boss.

6) Hilary Rhoda, 26, with $ 4 million mainly due to the contract with Estée Lauder now in its seventh year.

7) Carolyn Murphy, 38, with $ 3.6 million, a gain position compared to 2012 ended with 3.5 million. Also thanks to the recent appearance in a TV show (Project Runway: all star), Murphy has managed to sign contracts with Estée Lauder, Ann Taylor Loft and Charles Pazolini.

8) Joan Smalls, 25 years, with $ 3.5 million. Smalls is the first Latin ambassador for Estée Lauder and has also worked with Victoria’s Secret, Chanel, Lacoste, Calvin Klein Jeans.

9) Candice Swanepoel, 25 years, with 3.3 million dollars, dating from the 10th in 2012 (with 3.1 million). At 24, he is among the youngest and grabs the top ranking thanks to a contract with Victoria’s Secret

10) Lara Stone, 30 years, with $ 3.2 million, down from 8th place last year closed with 3.8 million. The supermodel has a contract with Calvin Klein multibrand shops.

 

 

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TOP BOY

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TOP BOY

Top Boys: the 10 highest paid models in the world A monthly American fashion analyzes the phenomenon of the “Top Boys”, the models who earn over a million dollars a year. For the first time in history, their cachet grow more than those of the supermodels. That’s who they are and because they are worth so much Double cover of Detail, the monthly men’s fashion America’s most famous. March issue, on newsstands February 10, one of the most important of the year: report 10 men, called “Pretty Boys”. They are the highest paid models in the world, earning up to $ 1.5 million a year and are considered the stars. “For the first time in history, they begin to cost the same as a supermodel,” says the website of fashion BoF Dan Peres, editor of Detail. “We decided to put them on the cover because their influence on the taste and purchase of men is stronger than that of the actors or sports people.” Thus, surprisingly, the group “belloni” breaks a historical record: during 2013, increasing their cachet was higher than that of names like Kate Moss, Gisele and Cara Delevigne. Of course, these figures flying much, much higher. But none of them can count on the acceleration took place recently in the market for men. The first reason for such a result is purely economic: China and emerging markets see the rise of a new middle-class male entrepreneurs and managers that requires clothes and made ​​to measure. Consequently, the market of fashion since man has soared, while the female is stable, sometimes even descending. The other important factor is given by the mass market fashion that has learned to use these guys to pull their products. Not only, therefore, Armani, Versace, Gucci and Prada: Zara, H & M and Uniqlo are using the faces of these beauties from different seasons, helping to grow their cachet. Then there is another hitch to their reputation: Social Networks. The highest paid of them, the American Garret Neff, is practically a star on Instagram and Facebook in recent months, has tripled its followers by posting private moments and backstage of her photo shoots, capturing the attention of strangers and even insiders the work. Of course, the distance with media phenomena such as Dear Delevigne is abysmal: it has about 4 million fans, while Neff travels around aI 20 thousand. The acceleration of the men, however, is really higher than that of women. Finally, there remains a doubt about this list: the top ten of male beauty are completely missing African Americans and Asian models. The latter, in fact, were among the most popular during the last edition of the men’s fashion shows in Milan and Paris. As for African Americans, however, their exclusion would seem to confirm also in the battle waged by male models Naomi Campbell and Iman with the campaign Diversity Coalition, an initiative against all forms of racism in the fashion world. The question comes like a punch in the stomach: 10 white men are really the ideal representation of male beauty today?

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A WOMAN’S BAG IS THE HOLY GRAIL

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A woman’s bag is the Holy Grail, and getting a new bag, especially one you’ve been coveting, is basically all of the best parts of a birthday rolled into one. One could argue that it’s only something to hold all of your stuff, right? Isn’t that what we always hear from our boyfriends? Really, another bag? No! It’s not just another bag.

Bags are tools, and we have to have one for each specific occasion and mood. (Same goes for shoes. Yes, we’re enablers.) Hey, if your husband or man-friend doesn’t swing with this argument, you can tell him to go fly a kite, and also get rid of his tool collection which is probably gathering dust in the garage. Take that!

We’ve rounded up a couple of examples because we’re nosy. Go ahead and snoop around our displays below.

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DISTRESSED DENIM SHORTS

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INSPIRATION GALLERY: DISTRESSED DENIM SHORTS

As summer continues to march towards us, complete with promises of sand-filled bikinis and itchy sunburns, we find ourselves more and more excited by the promise of warm weather. Maybe it’s because we’re still middle schoolers at heart and as such, relish summer vacation (even if we’re at work), but we suspect that it’s actually because of a summertime sartorial staple: distressed denim shorts. After all, these versatile bottoms manage to go with everything, from flyaway blazers to graphic tees, and as such, we’re kinda in love. We pulled together a few snaps from some seriously stylish street snaps and of course, our lovely stylist chose four pairs to seriously improve your life.

 

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BIG BEARD LOOK

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LOOK AT HIS BEARD…

IT IS SO BIG

 

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I love BIG BEARD.

Instagram of all the apps on my phone, I use it the most, not only for my own fun purposes of sharing my life {mostly my dogs}, outfits, and blog posts in quick photos, but for inspiration as well, right at my fingertips, whenever I’m thirsty for it. Beyond getting a quick glimpse at what my friends and family are sharing, Instagram is a great source of inspiration for art, fashion, pop culture, and all things related, and I LOVE perusing it for just that. I were discussing facial hair the other day, and beard culture in general, and noted the huge beard trend going on {and how Instagram is noticeably a great resource for trends and street style}. What’s fascinating about this specific trend is that most of the men sporting it {it seems} have very similar characteristics and style. For instance, they all have very perfectly coiffed hair, mostly very short or shaved on the sides and longer on the top, with just their beards looking seemingly unruly, but they are quite neat as well. They’re also heavily tatted, sometimes pierced and with stretched ear lobes, and often with a retro punk vibe. But they dress quite well, some -almost dandy, I’d say, and other than the beard, have a rather slick look about them. Though I’m not exactly sure what category exactly to label them as since they have a strong modern “Greaser” vibe, with some rock & punk influences, and just a touch of hipster –but maybe they don’t need a label {or maybe they have one and I’m just not aware of it?} — and it seems this specific trend & overall look began in London. I’m a HUGE fan of facial hair on guys… mostly the scruffier the better. … and while at first glance at these ginormous beards made me cringe a little, the more I searched for them on Instagram, the more I kind of liked the look all together. So somewhere in between Tom Hardy’s beard, ZZ Top, Duck Dynasty, and Gandalf, are these #BeardGods of Instagram, who may also all be male models {and whom if you’re not careful, will all look like the same guy}.

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