Happy New Year 2018!
A mesmerising display of multi-coloured fireworks broke out over Victoria Harbour to the sound of Auld Lang Syne sung in English and Chinese.
Joining the celebration, party-goers in North Korean capital Pyongyang were pictured watching as the clocks struck midnight, followed by fireworks over the Juche Tower monument.
Fireworks illuminate the city’s skyline during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
New Year’s Eve: Celebrations in Beijing sprung up outside the Forbidden City
New Year’s Eve: Revellers in Tokyo, Japan, opted out for more traditional celebration
New Year’s Eve: Australia celebrated with a colourful rainbow form Sydney Harbour Bridge
Around 1.6 million spectators gathered in Sydney Harbour to witness one of the most stunning pyrotechnic shows in the world.
Fireworks explode over the Selamat Datang Monument in downtown Jakarta as Indonesia welcomes 2018
Thailand overturned a ban on fireworks for a series of stunning New Year displays.
Paris welcomed the New Year with a light and fireworks display on the city’s Arc de Triomphe
Hong Kong welcomes in 2018 with extravagant fireworks
Moscow and Ankara followed with some spectacular scenes in the Russian capital before a number of Eastern European countries, including Hungary, Greece and Ukraine, welcomed 2018.
Lights and fireworks lit up Paris’s Arc de Triomphe and Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate as France and Germany also welcomed in the new year at 11pm UK GMT.
The London Eye erupted in fireworks after Big Ben struck midnight. The sky sparkled with colours of red, blue, pink and green in the city’s largest New Year’s Eve firework display ever.
New York City and the US East Coast celebrated the New Year with its famous ball drop in Times Square at 5am UK GMT.
Fireworks illuminate the sky over the Angel de la Independencia in the New Year’s eve celebration
Fireworks light up the sky during the new year celebrations at the Navy Pier, Chicago
New Year’s Eve celebrations in San Francisco
There was an official reading of zero degrees just as it hit midnight in the Windy City and thousands packed the Navy Pier for the big countdown.In Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas the New Year was celebrated at 8am, as security was tightened in Las Vegas following the deadliest shooting in modern US history just three months ago.
A fireworks display took off from the top of seven of the city’s world famous casino hotels, starting at the Stratosphere and continuing to Venetian, Treasure Island, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Aria and MGM Grand. More than 80,000 pyrotechnic firings that illuminated the sky in gold, red and green.
Hawaii was one among one of the last places to celebrate the New Year at 10am GMT, but it was the residents of Baker Island and Howland Island – the tiny outlying states in the US -which was the last place to celebrate the New Year at 12pm GMT – 12 hours after revellers celebrated the occasion in the UK.
When You Can’t Ever Lose Your Weight!
Can’t Lose Weight No Matter What? Read This Now
Sometimes losing weight can seem impossible.
This problem is actually fairly common and can be extremely frustrating.
Read on to learn why achieving your weight loss goal can be so difficult — and whether it’s a good idea to keep trying.
This article specifically addresses women, but most of the principles here apply to everyone.
Losing weight is big business on a global scale.
It’s estimated that weight loss programs and products generate more than $150 billion in annual profits in the US and Europe alone (1).
Programs that require you to purchase special food, supplements and other products tend to be the costliest.
Unfortunately, even those who aren’t very overweight appear willing to risk the potentially harmful consequences of taking diet pills.
A study including more than 16,000 adults found that about one-third of those who took weight loss pills weren’t obese before they started taking the pills (3).
Clearly, many people spend a great deal of effort and money trying to lose weight.
And even if you don’t join a weight loss program or buy diet pills or products, you may end up devoting much of your free time and energy to the pursuit of being thin.
SUMMARY:The weight loss industry generates billions of dollars a year by capitalizing on many people’s desire to be thin at any cost.
Many women spend a significant amount of money, time and effort on trying to lose weight.
Nevertheless, some seem to make little progress.
Several factors influence your ability to lose weight.
Certain diseases or disorders can make weight loss extremely difficult, including:
- Lipedema: Believed to affect nearly one in nine women worldwide, this condition causes a woman’s hips and legs to accumulate excess fat that is extremely difficult to lose. It often also causes easy bruising and pain (4).
- Hypothyroidism: Low levels of thyroid hormone lead to a slowdown in metabolism that can impede weight loss efforts (5).
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): This condition is characterized by insulin resistance and hormonally driven fat accumulation in the abdomen. It’s believed to affect up to 21% of reproductive-aged women (6).
Dieting and Weight Loss History
If you’ve lost and regained weight several times in the past, or yo-yo dieted, you’ve likely found it more challenging to lose weight with each subsequent attempt.
In fact, a woman with a long history of yo-yo dieting will tend to have greater difficulty losing weight than one whose weight has remained relatively constant.
Research has shown that this is mainly due to changes in fat storage that occur after periods of calorie deprivation.
Essentially, your body stores more fat when you begin eating more after a period of deprivation, so that it has a reserve available if calorie intake decreases again (7).
In addition, a recent animal study suggests that yo-yo dieting may cause an immune response in fat tissue that makes fat loss more difficult (8).
Gut bacteria may play a role too. Repeated cycles of losing and regaining weight seem to promote changes in gut bacteria that lead to increased weight gain over the long term (9).
Aging presents many challenges for women, including making it harder than ever to lose weight.
Moreover, women who have never been heavy in the past may struggle to maintain their usual weight as they get older, even if they eat a healthy diet.
Most women gain about 5–15 pounds (2.3–6.8 kg) during the aging process due to a reduction in muscle mass and physical activity, which result in a slower metabolism.
Unfortunately, your tendency to carry excess weight may be partly due to factors you have no control over.
One of these is genetics, but other, lesser-known factors include the conditions you were exposed to in the womb.
These include your mother’s diet and the amount of weight she gained during pregnancy.
What’s more, a pregnant woman’s dietary choices may affect whether her child develops a weight problem in the future.
A recent animal study found that rats that were fed a “Western” diet while pregnant gave birth to babies that had slower metabolisms and that became obese at several points during their lifetimes (13).
SUMMARY:Many factors can affect your ability to lose weight, including certain health conditions, your dieting and weight loss history, age-related changes and your mother’s diet and weight changes during pregnancy.
Although your diet and exercise habits play a role in determining your weight, your basic shape and size are largely determined by your genes.
In fact, research suggests that both how much you weigh and where you tend to store fat are strongly influenced by your unique genetic pattern (14).
Taking steps to reduce belly fat is a healthy and worthwhile goal. On the other hand, if you try to force your body to conform to whatever size is currently in vogue, you’re working against nature, and your efforts may ultimately lead to frustration.
Throughout history, different body types and sizes have been considered “ideal.”
As recently as 100 years ago, being somewhat plump was a desirable, feminine trait in women. Thin women even tried to gain weight to become more appealing.
However, it is just as difficult for a naturally thin person to put on weight as it is for a naturally larger person to lose it.
During the Renaissance, Dutch artist Peter Paul Rubens became well known for his nude paintings of full-figured women, whom he believed were the epitome of beauty.
To this day, the term “Rubenesque” is used to describe a beautiful, full-figured person.
In the 1800s, the French Impressionists, including Monet, Renoir and Cézann, painted women of the day who were considered beautiful.
Looking at these paintings, you can easily see that many of the women were much larger than today’s runway models.
There’s no denying that the “ideal” female body has changed considerably over the past 60 years, becoming slim and toned as opposed to rounded and soft.
However, women of the past weren’t bombarded with often unattainable images on the Internet and TV.
Today’s women are also faced with an overwhelming number of ads for programs and products that promise to help them achieve today’s “ideal” body.
SUMMARY:During many periods in history, larger women were considered feminine and attractive. However, the modern “ideal” body is smaller, thin and toned, which may not be attainable for everyone
Although people across the US and most of Europe consider a slim body to be attractive, people in various parts of the world prefer a larger, more rounded shape.
In many cultures, carrying some extra weight is associated with fertility, kindness, happiness, vitality and social harmony.
Interestingly, the wealthiest countries tend to value thinness, whereas the opposite is true in less wealthy countries (15).
For instance, researchers who studied data from several non-Western societies reported that 81% preferred plump or moderately fat women, while 90% preferred women with large hips and legs (16).
However, even among developed countries, what is considered the “perfect” body seems to vary greatly based on personal and regional preferences.
When 18 graphic designers from around the world were asked to modify a plus-size model’s body into the “ideal” body, the range of results was somewhat surprising.
The modified versions had body mass indexes (BMIs) ranging from only 17 in China to 25.5 in Spain, which is consistent with weights between 102–153 pounds (about 46–69 kg) for a woman who is 5’5″ (165 cm) tall.
With the exception of the BMI of 17, which is considered underweight, this shows that a wide range of body sizes and shapes are viewed as attractive and desirable, regardless of how closely they resemble what is often considered “ideal.”
SUMMARY:The “ideal” body varies greatly from country to country and is often influenced by a society’s wealth and the diversity of its residents.
If your size is affecting your health, continuing to pursue weight loss makes sense.
Obesity, especially morbid obesity, may increase the risk of disease and lower life expectancy. Even further, it can make day-to-day living difficult due to decreased mobility, low energy levels and social stigma.
Here are a few additional practices that may help you take some weight off:
- Support groups: Joining one can provide encouragement, accountability and motivation. In addition to general weight loss groups offline, online and on Facebook, you can find online communities for lipedema and PCOS.
- Recognize progress, even if slow: Realize that you will likely lose weight slowly and experience some weight loss plateaus. Losing even a couple of pounds a month is still an impressive accomplishment.
- Be realistic when setting a goal weight: Don’t strive to reach your “ideal” weight. Losing as little as 5% of your body weight has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity, and further loss can lead to additional benefits (17).
- Celebrate non-scale victories: Focusing on improvements in mobility, energy, lab values and other beneficial health changes is important, especially when weight loss seems maddeningly slow.
Although incorporating these strategies into your life can’t guarantee that you will lose weight, they can help improve your chances.
SUMMARY:If being obese is affecting your health, mobility and quality of life, taking steps to lose weight is a good idea. Joining a support group, setting realistic goals and celebrating your progress may be helpful.
For many women, weight loss goals have less to do with health than wanting to look better.
Perhaps you have already lost some weight, but haven’t been able to lose “those last 10–20 pounds.”
Or maybe you have always been a bit larger than average, but have been trying to slim down to a smaller dress size.
You’re not alone if you feel that you have tried every diet and weight loss recommendation, yet still haven’t been able to achieve results, despite your best efforts.
If that’s the case, it may be best to shift your focus to being as healthy, strong and vibrant as you can be.
- Focus on fitness: When it comes to health, studies have shown that being fit is more important than being thin. What’s more, working out regularly can provide many other benefits (18).
- Develop a better relationship with food: Rather than dieting, work on choosing nourishing foods, paying attention to hunger and fullness cues and learning to eat intuitively (19, 20).
- Consider the results of your previous dieting attempts: Remember that losing and regaining weight often leads to increased fat storage and weight gain over time (1, 7, 21).
Aside from reducing stress and frustration, shifting your focus to make optimal health your primary goal might even potentially lead to natural weight loss over time.
SUMMARY:If you want to lose weight to look better, but haven’t had success despite doing all of the “right” things, it may be best to shift your focus. Instead of trying to achieve a certain weight, aim to be as healthy as possible.
Developing an appreciation for your body can be beneficial for your health, happiness and outlook on life.
Research suggests that repeated weight loss attempts may not only lead to weight gain, but they may also cause mood changes and increase the risk of developing unhealthy behaviors like binge eating (22).
On the other hand, there’s evidence that being happy with your weight may result in healthier behaviors and better overall health, regardless of your size (23).
Here are some tips for learning how to love and accept your body:
- Stop letting numbers define you: Instead of fixating on your weight, measurements or clothing size, think about how you feel, who you are and your purpose in life.
- Avoid comparing yourself to others: Never compare your own body to someone else’s. You are unique and have many great qualities. Focus on being the best you can be.
- Exercise to feel and perform better: Rather than working out frantically trying to burn calories, engage in physical activity because of the way it makes you feel. You deserve to feel your best now and in the years to come.
Realize that it may take some time to learn to appreciate your body after years of trying to change it. That’s understandable. Just take it one day at a time and do your best to focus on the positive.
SUMMARY:Rather than continuing to prioritize losing weight, learn to love and accept your body so you can stay healthy and highly functional throughout your lifetime.
In a modern-day society that values being thin, the inability to lose weight can be a source of frustration for many women.
And it’s true that losing excess weight is important when it jeopardizes your health and well-being.
But trying to achieve an unrealistic size can do more harm than good.
Learn to love and accept your body, exercise and adopt lifestyle behaviors to keep yourself as healthy as possible and avoid comparing yourself.
Doing so may greatly improve your overall health, self-esteem and quality of life.
Rolling Your Jeans
A GUIDE TO ROLLING YOUR JEANS
Most jeans come with very long inseams, which mens you have to make a decision about how you’re going to wear them. There are several different ways to treat the hemline, each of which creates its own look and is best combined with certain fits, types of denim, and overall aesthetics.
Here’s a quick guide to some options that we recommend.
THE CLEAN FOLD
Sharp, strong, clean. Best for long jeans, crisp heavy denim, chunky footwear, and larger guys who need a lighter weight to anchor them down.
THE SLOPPY ROLL
Laidback, nonchalant, imperfect. Best for lightweight tapered denim and casual outfits that are thoughtfully put together but purposefully unkept.
THE SIMPLE CUFF
Smart, easy, no-fuss. Best for simple outfits, straight leg jeans, a proper fitting inseam, and guys who aren’t too “fashion-y” but care about details.
THE CROPPED HEM
Best for slim tapered denim, minimalist dressers, tailoring aficionados, shorter guys, and dressy outfits that incorporate a tailored jacket. Usually reserved for warmer climates to let the ankles breathe.
Best for broken-in washed jeans, bohemian vintage wearers, the hipster DIY crowd, and rugged looks incorporated worn-in garments. Also usually more natural during the Spring/Summer.
Best for black or very dark skinny jeans, long and lean guys, rock & roll inspired looks, and late at night with with a sleek boot and leather jacket.
How do you wear your jeans? Use the comments below to share!
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Yours in style,
21 Days Till Christmas!
A Great Boss Is Goodd
I lost one of my managers a couple of years ago and I can’t seem to forget him or the legacy he left behind. He was one of my earliest examples of true leadership. I often refer to him as “The Memorable Leader.”
I had a family emergency and before I could finish explaining to him the situation. He said, “And you are still standing here talking to me? Why aren’t you out the door yet? I’ll cover for you.” I smiled then went to my desk, took my belongings and left. Thereafter, he had my full commitment.
Here are five qualities of memorable leaders:
- Integrity & Authenticity go hand in hand. Joseph was honest with employees even though this trait was sometimes unpopular with top management. He often took the slack for his team. If leadership is not authentic, then what is it?
- Humility. True leaders always aim to serve rather than be served. Being humble makes you more approachable to your followers and allows you to create an environment of open communication and more effective feedback.
- Empathy plays a critical role in one’s ability to be a successful leader. It sharpens your “people acumen” and allows leaders to develop and maintain relationships with those they lead. Leaders that possess this trait always make time for people.
- Communication Skills – Great leaders are able to communicate their vision in such a way that motivates their team. They are great communicators; quick to listen and slow to speak. They possess high emotional intelligence (EI).
- Inspirational- Joseph didn’t need a title to get us to complete tasks. He had our full support. Words such as “Good work team,” “You are the best”, “I trust your judgement” were at the top of his dictionary. Team spirit was high during his reign.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
Managers are forgotten but true leaders live on in the hearts and minds of followers. Sometimes I can still picture Joseph walking through the office, greeting staff on mornings, and might even give me a little nod or pat on the back. Those were the special moments I still hold dear. It doesn’t take much to create those special moments with your team.
Good bosses are few and far in between, but if and when you get one, really appreciate them.
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Lady Diana & Off -White Collection
Virgil Abloh took the “people’s princess” to the street for his Spring 2018 runway show, just four weeks after the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. The collection was the most formal riff on streetwear Abloh has shown yet, and rightly so–given that it was inspired by an iconic royal wardrobe. Off-White’s designer and his team sorted through countless images of the princess, looking to reinvent her wardrobe for today’s fashion climate, and we spotted just the looks they sought inspiration from. Here, all the Off-White odes and updates to Princess Di’s best looks—and what Virgil Abloh would fill her closet with if she were with us and on the style circuit today.
1. Her Tartan Day Suits
Princess Diana often wore suiting to royal duties and daytime family affairs, but Off-White gave her ’80s suits an update with a more fitted silhouette, a cascading asymmetrical pleat, a wider windowpane plaid and gutsier extras.
2. Her Graphic Prints
Abloh adapted Diana’s geometric and bold prints; from ladylike separates paired with conservatively-shaped skirts, to easy-to-wear elegant pieces, to jeans, minis, knee-length shorts (another one of his Diana-isms) and thigh-high boots.
3. Her Prim Cocktail Suits
Diana often wore pastel sets paired with pillboxes for cocktail attire, but Abloh imagined the modern day Diana sporting shorter hemlines—and tennis shoes for evening. For added je ne sais quoi, Off-White’s pink suit (and his pastel blue version, below) strutted the runway with a pair of heels in hand instead of a purse.
4. Her Polished Whites
Diana wore white for black die, daytime and casual weekend activities, but for Off-White’s finale, Virgil Abloh decked Naomi Campbell in an amazing ivory evening coat, paired with cycling shorts and a sexy lace-up, perspex-covered heel. This was Princess Di 2.0 at its finest, pairing her activewear with inspiration from her most stately of looks and daring accessories.
5. Her Bold-Toned Day Dresses
Diana wasn’t afraid of color—and it doesn’t seem the Off-White girl is afraid of much at all. For Spring 2018, a modern day Di wears these brightly-toned frocks with a strings of pearls and futuristic over-the-knee boots.
5. Her Ladylike Looks
Hemlines went higher, and in some cases, lower. Footwear went both super-sexy and easygoing athletic. For Virgil Abloh, a modern day Diana takes notes from her style heyday, and isn’t afraid to mix her easy weekend attire with her black tie wardrobe.
Zero Calorie Veggie Soup
This simple soup recipe is filled to the rim with negative calorie effect foods. Not only are the ingredients low in calories, but they help burn body fat. Try out this comforting vegetable soup to get your metabolism going.
- 6 cups vegetable stock
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 cup celery, diced
- 1 cup cauliflower floretts
- 1 cup green beans, cut into about 1 inch pieces
- 2 cups shredded cabbage
- 1 medium zucchini, diced (about 2 cups)
- 1 cup small turnip, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 small jalapeno seeded and deveined, finely chopped
- 2 cups baby spinach
1. Combine all ingredients, except the spinach, in a soup pot and bring to a boil.
2. Reduce to a simmer and cook covered for 20 minutes. Add a little salt and pepper if desired.
3. Stir in the spinach and cook for another minute.
4. Remove from heat and serve.
You Can Eat Your Bread & Lose Weight
How to Eat Bread and Still Lose Weight
Bread lovers, rejoice!
You can eat bread—and still lose weight!
If you’ve ever gone on a diet, you know bread is usually on the list of foods you shouldn’t even think about eating. That’s because bread is generally perceived as fattening.
But if you’re like me, you don’t want to give up bread in order to be thin. I love to have a toasted slice topped with half a mashed avocado and a bit of garlic salt. So yummy! I eat that almost every day with either breakfast or lunch.
So what’s the trick to eating bread and not gaining weight?
You simply have to know which breads are best for weight loss. After all, not all breads are created equal. Research shows that refined, white-flour breads are associated with weight gain and belly fat—but whole grain breads can actually help with weight loss.
I’ll recommend specific breads for you to try, but before I do, here are some general guidelines that can be helpful for you, since different stores carry different brands.
How to Tell if a Bread is Good for Weight Loss
So, white bread is bad, and wheat bread is good, right? Well, not exactly, because wheat bread is just a misleading name for white bread. Instead of looking for something simply labeled1 “wheat,” you want to go for bread that is whole wheat or whole grain. White breads often try to masquerade as whole wheat or whole grain breads, so it’s easy to get fooled by brown tinted bags, pictures of waving wheat, or healthy-sounding words, like “natural” or “multigrain.”
Slick marketing tactics can make you think you’re buying something healthier than it really is. To make sure you don’t get tricked, here are some foolproof guidelines that will make you a savvy shopper for weight-loss-f3riendly breads:
- The bread should say “100% whole grain” or “100% whole wheat” (or both) on the front of the package.
- One slice should have at least 3 grams of fiber.
- One slice should have no more than 3 grams of sugar.
- There should be no hydrogenated oils2, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners in the ingredient list.
The 3 Best Breads for Losing Weight
This brand is the best of the best because:
- All the ingredients are organic.
- The bread is sugar free.
- All the grains are sprouted whole grains, which increases the nutritional content and helps keep blood sugars lower.
- In addition to the sprouted whole grains, the bread contains two types of sprouted beans, which increases the protein content and also helps keep blood sugars lower.
- This bread is excellent for pre-diabetics, diabetics, or anyone who wants to keep their blood sugars lower.
Look for this bread in the freezer section of your grocery store and in health food stores.
These breads earned a worthy second place, because:
- They are non-GMO and vegan.
- They are made with organic sprouted whole grains.
- All breads have at least 3 grams of fiber per slice, but most have 4 or 5 grams
- All breads have only 1 or 2 grams of sugar per slice.
Look for it in the healthy bread section of progressive grocery stores, at health food stores, and Aldi.
Rounding off the top-three list, this bread has a number of things going for it:
- There’s no misleading labeling. This bread is exactly what it says it is: 100 percent whole wheat flour.
- Free of high fructose corn syrup, it stays within the guidelines of 3 grams of sugar (or less) per slice.
- Each slice of bread has 3 grams of fiber—enough to rank as a gold-star weight-loss bread.
Other “Honorable Mention” Breads That Are Worth Trying
If you’re not able to find the breads listed above at your local grocery store, here are some honorable mentions you might want to try. Though much better than white breads, these brands have less fiber than the top three in the previous list, making them slightly less effective for weight loss.
How Much Bread Can I Eat and Still Lose Weight?
Remember, no matter what kind of bread you eat, you still don’t want to fill your plate with it. All bread, even whole grain bread, is a processed food, not a natural fiber food, like fruits, veggies or beans. That means bread should be limited to 25 percent of your plate.
We recommend having no more than one slice a day.
Since sandwiches generally require two slices of bread, we encourage you to give open-faced sandwiches a try.
Check out these open-faced sandwich ideas:Avocado Sandwich
Bread is Back on the Menu
You can enjoy bread and still lose weight, as long as you follow the simple guidelines above. I know it works, because I follow these guidelines myself. Most days of the week, I enjoy a slice of whole grain bread, while the rest of my plate is piled with scrumptious, satisfying, natural fiber foods.
No doubt, many other breads out there meet our best-breads criteria, but I couldn’t find them at our local grocery stores here in Ardmore, Oklahoma. So if you discover a winning bread in your neck of the woods, please share it with me. I know our readers will appreciate it as well.
New York City VS Los Angeles
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The two major cities that bookend the country—New York and Los Angeles—naturally, have a lot in common, like a regular influx of celebrities, foodie-attracting hot spots, and a bustling shopping scene. It’s why comparisons are always drawn between the two—and why a friendly ongoing rivalry exists as to which is better (it’s N.Y.C. all the way for us, but then again, we’re clearly biased).
So yes, while there are many similarities, New York and Los Angeles couldn’t be more different when it comes to style. Weather plays a role in dictating the clothes New Yorkers and Angelenos choose to wear, but the greatest factor is their attitude. In L.A., a laid-back, relaxed lifestyle takes priority, which sartorially manifests in easy boho-inspired dresses, leggings, and (lots of) sneakers, while in N.Y., the city’s fast-paced energy demands a degree of finesse, which comes to life in dressy, done-up separates.
To illustrate this point, we spotlighted five celebrities who lead the bicoastal life and drew up side-by-side comparisons. From Chrissy Teigen‘s black dresses to Kendall Jenner‘s crop tops, take a look at how their styles vary from coast to coast.
1. CHRISSY TEIGEN’S BLACK DRESSES
In N.Y.C., the expectant mom dressed her bump in streamlined separates, topping her curve-hugging LBD with a crushed velvet black blazer that gave her look a bump in sophistication. But in L.A., the model-turned-chef did away with the fitted silhouettes and went for an easy maxi dress, complete with a boho-inspired tasseled bag and strappy gladiator sandals.
2. CHRISSY TEIGEN’S NEUTRAL COLORED SEPARATES
Same color palette, two very different looks. Teigen channeled her inner minimalist in New York in a fitted LWD and a subtly printed duster, complete with neutral sandals. But for a stroll through Beverly Hills, she took a relaxed approach, baring her bump in a sheer white crop top and distressed boyfriend jeans finished with neutral extras.
3. GIGI HADID’S SPORTY PIECES
A bicoastal lifestyle won’t stop this supermodel from sporting her preferred athleisure-centric off-duty uniform, but interestingly enough, her looks are markedly different on each coast. In N.Y., she dressed up red-hot lace-up skinnies (that hint at football uniforms) with a sweeping fiery coat and cut-out booties. A six-hour flight later, Hadid prioritized comfort with contrasting tracksuit separates and sneaks.
5. JESSICA ALBA’S MOTO JACKETS
A moto jacket is just as much of a wardrobe essential in the east as it is in the west—a fact that Alba proved with her two looks. The key difference? Her styling. In N.Y., she took a chic tonal approach with a gray moto jacket over a silver lace Brock Collection dress with metallic accessories, while in L.A., she hardened bohemian florals with a leather jacket and moto boots.
6. JESSICA ALBA’S UTILITARIAN TOPPERS
Alba gave her army jacket a very N.Y.C. spin with a crisp button-down shirt underneath, leather skinnies, a structured tote, and orange suede pumps. But in L.A., she aimed for comfort with a ground-grazing T-shirt dress, a cross-body (to leave her hands free), and white velcro kicks.
7. KENDALL JENNER’S STRIPED FLARES
Jenner got her stripes right twice. She gave her inky flares a level of sophistication with a tucked-in shirt, a notched-lapel coat, and patent boots in N.Y. Her Los Angeles take? Flares in a lighter wash and styled with a sleeveless tee (casually half-tucked like so) and white sneakers.
9. TAYLOR SWIFT’S ALL-BLACK NUMBERS
Swift struck an elegant note in a sleek one-piece with ladylike add-ons in N.Y.C. Across the country, she embraced the ’70s aesthetic with a cute black number and platform midi boots.
10. TAYLOR SWIFT’S ALL-WHITE OUTFITS
The pop star isn’t one to fear skin exposure, but in N.Y., she covered up in long white separates. On the opposite end of the country, though, she bared her midriff in a bandeau and crisp white suit separates.
Finding The Best Basketball Shoe
The 10 Best Basketball Shoes – How to Find Your Perfect Pair
Picking your next pair of basketball shoes can be a pretty laborious process. Finding out about the latest releases, reading reviews, checking prices and getting the right size – it would often take me days or even weeks to settle on a new pair. Now, maybe I am just a lot pickier than most when it comes to basketball sneakers, but there is a reason why!
Good basketball shoes are important because:
- They stick to the floor and allow quick cuts and crossovers
- They provide impact protection to relieve the pressure on your knees and feet
- They fit comfortably and ensure perfect lockdown
- They support your feet and protect your ankles from rolling
In short: Good basketball shoes will help you to get the most out of your game!
In this article, I want to help you find the best possible basketball shoes for your style of game. I will show you which type of shoe is best for your position, how to pick out shoes with great traction and sufficient cushioning and how you can make sure to get the right size – even when ordering online. But first, let’s take a quick look at the top 10 basketball shoes which are currently on the market:
List of the 10 Best Basketball Shoes
- Excellent cushioning
- Sock-like fit
- Affordable price
- Great court feel
- Amazing Traction
- Great Cushioning
- Great Traction
- Very responsive shoe
- Premium Materials
- Very good all-around performance
- Very comfortable cushioning
- Snug fit
- material quality
- only $110
- Bounce Cushioning works well
- Fair price
- Amazing traction
- Nice materials
- amazing traction
- very comfortable
The list above shows the top 10 basketball shoes according to the most well-respected shoe reviewers on the web as of Nov 16, 2017.
I have created a large shoe database where every honest shoe review is recorded and used to calculate average overall ratings as well as scores for the traction, cushion and other characteristics of the shoes. You can see the complete list of all rated basketball shoes here. For this article, only shoes that got reviewed by at least 4 shoe critics were taken into consideration.
The list above is a great way to find basketball shoes that perform well overall, but not every basketball shoe will work the same for different types of players. Quick guards will need different shoes than big and heavy centers. But how do you know what kind of shoe you need? In the following paragraphs, I want to go into more detail and tell you what to look for to find your perfect fit!
How to find the best basketball shoe that fits your playing style
Let’s talk about the most important characteristics of basketball kicks and what you want to look for when you are in the market for a new pair:
Style of the silhouette
There are three different styles of basketball shoes out there: Low tops, mid tops, and high tops. Traditionally, basketball players used to play in high tops that completely covered the ankle of players, but nowadays, more and more players are wearing low-tops that look more like regular training shoes. Let’s take a closer look at each style and their pros and cons:
These shoes provide maximum flexibility and are often very lightweight. Perfect for guards who don’t want to add unnecessary bulk to their feet, and want to feel light and quick on their feet. Bigger and slower guys don’t profit as much from low tops and might look for the protection of higher cut shoes.
The Kobe Line popularised Low Tops
Mid Tops are a hybrid between low- and high tops and provide a little bit of both worlds: Good flexibility and mobility, but also a decent amount of ankle protection and more stability. Perfect for forwards or wings who don’t need all the flexibility of a low top, but also don’t like the bulkiness of true high tops.
Mid Tops provide the best of two worlds
This is the way basketball shoes used to look like for decades. High Tops provide a lot of ankle protection, support and are often nicely cushioned. Perfect for big guys who are looking for maximum protection when they are fighting below the rim and don’t mind losing a little bit of flexibility in exchange for more safety.
High Tops are perfect for big guys
If you plan to do explosive crossovers and quick cuts you need a shoe that provides excellent traction. Nothing is more annoying than slipping out whenever you try to change directions or need to defend a shifty opponent.
The amount of traction provided by a shoe relies on two factors: the traction pattern and the rubber compound used in the outer sole.
A very popular traction pattern that is often used in basketball shoes is the “herringbone”. Zig-zag lines of rubber provide grip in every direction and the empty space in between the rubber makes sure that dust doesn’t stick to the surface of the sole.
Herringbone traction almost always works; unfortunately, other traction patterns are often hit or miss. Sometimes designers try to get too innovative or focus on storytelling, and you end up with a shoe that needs endless wiping or feels like playing on skates.
Herringbone traction pattern of the Kobe 8
The quality of the rubber compound is much harder to judge than the traction pattern. Softer rubber will often work better indoors but attract a lot of dust, hard rubber is a lot more durable but doesn’t provide the same grip on pristine hardwood courts. As a rule of thumb, if you have the option between colorways with translucent and solid outer soles, always go with the solid option. A solid rubber outer sole might not look as nice, but if often performs much better especially on dusty courts.
The cushioning of a basketball shoe becomes more the important the heavier you are. If you are a 5’6″ guard who weighs 140 lbs, you won’t need a lot of cushioning, and you will probably prefer the responsiveness and court feel of a firmer setup. But bigger and heavier guys put a lot of pressure on their joints and profit immensely from a softer and more forgiving cushioning.
There are countless cushioning technologies on the market, and every company has different styles for different use cases or budgets. The most popular tech is probably Nike Zoom Air cushioning which consists of plastic bags filled with pressurized air that are embedded in the midsole. Other cushioning setups like Adidas Bounce, Nike Lunarlon or UnderArmour MicroG are foam based and provide impact protection by distributing impact forces more evenly.
Other than traction, cushioning really comes down to personal preference. If you are a quick and light guard, you want to look for a firm cushioning setup like Nike Lunarlon or Adidas Bounce. Cushioning that is too soft will only make you lose court feel and responsiveness.
However, if you are a bigger player or you have a history of knee problems, you will fair much better with a more comfortable cushioning like full-length Zoom Air or Adidas Boost.
If you think of supportive basketball shoes, you probably imagine a bulky high top with a lot of straps and laces. Fortunately, modern basketball shoes have found other way to provides athletes with the necessary safety and stability. Just look at the shoes which are worn in the NBA today – a lot of players wear low tops that were unimaginable only 20 years ago.
A common support feature used in almost every modern basketball shoe is the outrigger. Usually placed on the lateral side of the shoe, this extension of the outer sole makes the base of the shoe wider and provides a stable base that protects your feet from rolling.
Other often used support features are midfoot shanks that provide torsional support and heel counters that lock you into the shoe. But one of the most significant support factors is the fit and lockdown of a shoe. All the support features in the world will not help you if you are sliding side-to-side on every cut because your sneakers are just too wide.
If you are recovering from an ankle injury and need even more support around the ankle, you should look into getting an additional ankle brace.
The fit is one of the most important things to consider when buying new shoes. You want to be firmly locked in and not sliding left-to-right or front-to-back at all. If you can, it’s always a good idea to try shoes in a store. If that’s not an option, I like to get shoes in two different sizes, keep the better fitting pair and use the return policy for the other one.
If shoes are a little tight in the beginning that’s okay, they usually widen and become more comfortable as you break them in. If you are unsure which size to get, or you have unusually wide or narrow feet and you are looking for a particular fit, then check out this list of shoes. You can filter shoes to only include narrow-, or wide-fitting shoes, and find out which model runs large or small by reading the more detailed review.
There is a wide variety of upper materials used in basketball shoes these days. From traditional nubuck leather, over synthetic mesh to high-tech textile materials like Adidas PrimeKnit or Nike Flyknit.
Cheaper materials like Mesh or other synthetic uppers often start out rather stiff and need a little time to break in. High-tech materials are often reserved for more expensive signature lines like Air Jordan’s or Kobes and are really soft and comfortable from the beginning.
Aside from aesthetics and comfort, modern materials used in basketball shoes all do a very nice job and don’t differ too much when it comes to performance. Just pick whatever material you personally prefer and can afford.
Now, that we have discussed what you want to look for when buying a new pair of sneakers, let’s see the best currently available basketball shoes ranked from top to bottom by average critic rating score.
A closer look at the top 10 Basketball Shoes
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Toenail Soreness & Basketball
Basketball requires quick stops and starts during the fast-paced game, requiring fancy footwork. Without the proper shoes, toenails are often a casualty of the game. To make matters worse, sore toenails could affect your game in the long run if you don’t have them treated and address their cause quickly. By understanding why your toenails are sore, you can remedy the problem quickly to get back on your game as soon as possible.
When your toenails are subjected to excess pressure during the game, you might find that they take on a blackened appearance. Some other common symptoms include tenderness when touched. Even if your toenails haven’t changed color, general tenderness and pain after a game isn’t a good sign, especially if it bothers you while playing or doesn’t subside quickly once you stop.
The most likely cause of your toenail pain when playing ball is poor shoe fit. When your shoes allow excess pressure to be placed on the toenails, you develop what is known as a subungual hematoma, or “black toe.” This is the result of excess pressure being placed on the tip of the large toenail, resulting in the accumulation of blood under the toenail and a darkened appearance. Ingrown toenails are also to blame, especially if tight basketball shoes force your toenail to grow improperly and into the skin.
If you’re being affected with a subungual hematoma, see a podiatrist. A podiatrist has the tools to drain the blood from the toenail to improve its appearance and to relieve the swelling that contributes to overall tenderness. If an ingrown toenail is your problem, a trip to a doctor or podiatrist is also merited. Ingrown toenails are treated by cutting away the portion of toenail growing into the side of the nail bed so a healthier nail can grow in its place.
Since shoe fit is typically the culprit for toenail pain during the game, it’s vital that you purchase your shoes properly. Start by visiting an athletic store specializing in basketball shoes. Go at the end of the day, when your feet are naturally swollen. Select a basketball shoe that offers good side foot support for lateral movement, but ensure that your toes don’t reach the edge of the shoe. Place your heel in the back of the shoe and select one with a half inch between your toe and the interior tip.
Before you play a game, keep your toenails properly groomed by clipping them so they don’t go past the tip of your toe. When clipping, cut straight across to prevent ingrown toenails from affecting your game.
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Yes and Tights
“I WEAR tights all year round,” says Julia Roberts, in answer to the million denier question: when is it acceptable to fish the black opaques out from the depths of your drawers?
Roberts would say that. She has been the face – legs – of Calzedonia, the 30-year-old, billion-Euro Italian hosiery brand, for the past four years and was in Verona on Tuesday to promote her latest campaign for the company. Radiant at 49 (she looks about 30, and acts like it too), she was sporting a pair of metallic-flecked fishnets, paired with a black flip-hem skirt and a white blouse (she later changed into pink, with spot-patterned fishnets), and entered the room with a jovial holler of “Is everyone looking at my legs?”
We were. But mostly those fishnets. Brits have a complicated relationship with tights. It’s a love/hate yo-yo that makes Brad and Angelina’s divorce proceedings look civilised. For some, tights are a comfort blanket, an instant slim-fast for thighs and one that endorses a shorter hemline. For others they’re an inconvenience, just one ladder away from slattern. British women, in my experience, talk about tights the way the nation at large talks about the weather: endlessly and in excessive detail.
Forget about your views on Brexit: tights are the great litmus test of our times. Views on when it is acceptable to wear them indicate whether you take public transport or devote most of your income to Uber; whether you’ve just enjoyed a last minute window of sun in Pantelleria or maxed out your holiday allowance; whether you have 100k Instagram followers or 10. Bare legs can variously indicate wealth, fame, madness, youth (or an obsession with it), a healthy immune system, an allergy. Often their reception is city-specific. In London, in February, they’re scorned; in Newcastle, they’re a birth right. And in New York – where else? – the honeyed limbs skipping through the snow in this season’s Céline cone-heeled shoes confer status faster than the shoes themselves.
As August plunges into September and all hopes of an Indian summer look to be dashed, numerous British women are reaching for the comforting inkiness of 60 denier lycras. But don’t despair: view this knee-jerk reaction to autumn as an inspired head start on a key autumn/winter 2017 trend. At Balenciaga every single look came with tights (bar two pairs of trousers) – from the acid green and burgundy shades that recalled Jane Birkin gambolling around in the Sixties film Blow Up, to the lacy black fishnet-inspired styles that underscored the mini dresses and set off scarf-print shoes. At Céline, lacy crochet wool tights peeked out from bubble-hemmed jersey dresses, popping next to gold shoes. And at Mulberry there were thick, cosy, standard back-to-school fuzzy wool tights in sweet shop colours to offset chunky loafers.
Which brings us back to Roberts, wearing tights in Verona on a 30°C September day. The LA-based actress bears no resemblance to the Teflon New Yorker women for whom a polar vortex only provides yet another opportunity to show off freshly epilated shins. She’s enjoying a fanciful relationship with tights. “Maybe four years ago I was getting a little lazy about my fashion and this kind of brought me back into the fun of adding the element of tights. I was a victim of enjoying the bare legs and – no longer,” she laughs.
The prospect of turning 50 won’t affect her flirtation with fishnets. “It’s sort of a stereotype that women worry about getting older, or that men age better than women, so it’s kind of this made up thing that we perpetuate,” she says. “I am excited to turn 50 because… it’s gonna happen. I feel so happy with my life and where I’m at, it’s more about that than the number. I might wake up October 29 and weep but I doubt it. When you’re 50 how you feel is really just right there on your face.” And in her case, your legs. Consider yourself liberated.
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Fish Oil And Weight Loss
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil supplements offer a number of health benefits. While they may help prevent accumulation of body fat and play a role in decreasing unhealthy belly fat, fish oil supplements may not be very effective at helping you lose weight. If you want to drop extra pounds, do what really works: Eat less and move more. Consult your doctor to discuss the best options for you when it comes to your weight and how fish oil supplements might help you in other ways.
Fish Oil and Weight Loss in Laboratory Research
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential, which means your body can’t make them and they must come from the food you eat. Most Americans don’t get enough of this essential fat in their diet, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.
These essential fats may help improve the body’s ability to metabolize fat and prevent its accumulation, according to a 2009 report published in Clinical Science. Omega-3 fatty acid supplements also helped prevent obesity in mice fed a high-fat diet, according to a 2013 study published in Physiological Research. This study compared the effects of the same high-fat diet on body composition in mice, with or without omega-3 fatty acid supplementation. The mice supplemented with the essential fat have less body fat, better blood lipid levels — think cholesterol — and better blood sugars.
Does Fish Oil Help People Lose Weight?
While fish oil may help mice lose weight, it may not have the same effect on you. Fish oil supplementation didn’t help people lose weight, according to a 2015 PLOS One report. This meta-analysis, which looked at 21 separate studies, did find that supplementing with omega-3s may help prevent weight gain. Although more research is needed, the researchers found higher levels of omega-3s in normal-weight people than in obese people, and report it may be related to how omega-3s help the body break down fat.
Although the supplement didn’t seem to help with weight loss, the researchers noted a reduction in abdominal obesity in those taking fish oil. The type of belly fat called visceral fat is the worst, according to Harvard Health Publications, and linked to a number of health issues, including high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar.
Other Benefits of Fish Oil
In addition to possibly helping decrease belly fat, fish oil offers other health benefits. The essential fats help keep your heart beating at a steady rhythm, which may lower your risk of heart disease. It’s also been shown to improve blood pressure, lower triglyceride levels and reduce inflammation, which also improves heart health. Its anti-inflammatory effects may protect you from other illnesses, such as cancer and arthritis. Fish oil has been used as a form of treatment for people with rheumatoid arthritis, and may also benefit those with lupus and eczema by helping control symptoms. And omega-3s may offer some protection against the development of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
How Much Fish Oil?
If you’re thinking about a fish oil supplement, talk to your doctor about how much you should take. Do not take more than 3 grams a day, according to UMMC, because of concerns with increased bleeding, unless your doctor recommends it.
While supplements may be convenient, you can get fish oil, and its health benefits, by eating fish. The American Heart Association recommends two servings of omega-3 rich fish a week — such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring. But fish isn’t the only source of omega-3 fats. You can also get what you need from flaxseeds, soy foods and soy oil, walnuts and pumpkin seeds.
The Best Way To Wash An Apple
The Environmental Working Group tested more then 35,000 samples of fruits and veggies to find out which ones have the highest level of pesticide residue. Sloane Glass (@sloaneglass) has more.Buzz60
Do you rinse fruit like apples under water in the sink, or grab a paper towel or napkin to wipe them down? Either way, you’re doing it wrong.
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts say they have discovered a better method for getting pesticides off apples: Using baking soda.
The findings were reported in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
To determine this, researchers used two types of pesticides, the fungicide thiabendazole, and the insecticide phosmet. To conduct the study, they washed the apples using three methods: Tap water, a solution of baking soda and water, and a commercial bleach solution approved for use by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Results found the baking soda solution was the best option. After 12 minutes, 80% of thiabendazole was removed, while 96% of the phosmet was removed after 15 minutes. The thiabendazole was more difficult to remove because it was able to penetrate more deeply into the apple’s skin, the study found.
So, a common pantry ingredient for the win!
Researchers noted peeling the apples can also prove effective in removing any pesticides, but you will lose key nutrients found on the skin.
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Happy Diwali 2017!
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Diwali, the festival of lights, sees millions attend firework displays, prayers and celebratory events across the world every autumn.
Celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for a variety of reasons, the main theme is the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.
Here we take a look at one of the most significant festivals in Indian culture.
What is Diwali?
Also known as Deepavali, a Sanskrit word meaning “rows of lighted lamps”, it is one of the most popular Hindu festivals celebrated across South Asia. But it is also celebrated by Jains and Sikhs.
The festival of lights that celebrates the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.
It sees millions of earthenware oil lamps, called diyas, light up people’s homes, shops, public spaces and places of worship as part of celebrations which marks the start of the Hindu new year.
When is it celebrated?
Diwali falls between October and November, but the exact date changes each year as it is marked by the Hindu lunar calendar.
It lasts five days in total, with the festival of lights falling on the third days of celebrations, which is marked on the 15th day of the Hindu month Kartik.
This year that falls on 19 October.
What are the different legends being celebrated?
For many Hindus, Diwali celebrates the return of the deities Rama and his wife Sita to Ayodhya, an ancient Indian city believed to be the lord’s birthplace, following a 14-year period in exile and a battle fought by Rama and his army against the demon Ravana.
The demon had kidnapped Sita and Rama travelled along with Hanuman, the deity in the form of a monkey-man, to rescue her and kill the evil demons – as depicted in the epic “Ramayana”.
Their victorious return home was celebrated by lighting the kingdom with lamps.
Diwali also celebrates the goddess of wealth and prosperity, Lakshmi. Some believes it falls on her birthday and the day she married Lord Vishnu.
Many in India leave their windows and doors open and light lamps to allow Lakshmi to find her way into their homes.
Many Sikhs celebrate the release of the sixth guru Hargobind Singh and 52 other princes from prison in 1619.
However Sikh celebrations for Diwali stretch further back than this date.
For Jains, it is a celebration of their Tirthankara, or spiritual leader, specifically their 24th of the current age, Tirthankar Mahavira, reached Moksha – the release from the death and rebirth cycle into infinite bliss and knowledge.
How is it celebrated?
Diwali is part of a five day festival that is celebrated with music, lights, fireworks and sharing traditional sweets.
Many people prepare for the festival by cleaning and decorating their homes, and on the night of celebrations wear new clothes and take part in family puja, or prayers to Lakshmi.
Rangoli artwork – patterns and designs made from coloured powders, ground rice powders and flowers – are displayed, commonly depicting a lotus leaf.
Celebrations held across the UK included an annual festival in London’s Trafalgar Square presented by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
This had a programme of music and dance performances with traditional food available and activities such as yoga and henna.
Leicester’s celebrations, which are understood to be one of the biggest outside of India, saw 40,000 people turn up to watch the annual Diwali lights switch-on, with music and dancing held on the city’s Golden Mile.
It ended with a firework display.
Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe
If you’ve ever felt exhausted by the number of little choices you have to make every day, you’re not alone. That exhaustion is a real thing called decision fatigue, and it’s scientifically proven to take a toll on your ability to make good choices by the end of the day. It’s one reason why a lot of important people — from Steve Jobs and Barack Obama to a whole host of fashion designers — have chosen to cut down on the number of decisions they make every day by wearing essentially the same thing over and over.
But for some fashion-lovers, uniform dressing can seem stifling. Luckily, there’s another alternative that allows for a little more play: capsule wardrobes.
Caroline Rector, the blogger behind Unfancy who helped re-popularize capsules in recent years, describes capsuling as “a practice of editing your wardrobe down to your favorite clothes (clothes that fit your lifestyle and body right now), remixing them regularly, and shopping less often and more intentionally.”
Usually, a capsule consists of a set number of pieces of clothing that you wear for a season before starting the next capsule. Clothing is only added to the selection at the start of each capsule, encouraging you to remix and re-wear rather than shopping for new pieces.
Operating with a capsule wardrobe reduces decision fatigue because it leaves only clothing you really love that works interchangeably in your wardrobe. It’s the minimalist principle of “less is more” lived out in a tangible way. But there are a host of other benefits to switching to the capsule model, too. Capsule fans claim the method can curb an out-of-control shopping habit, help you get to know your own style better, save closet space and boost environmental and social responsibility by reducing consumption.
Ready to build your own minimalist capsule wardrobe? Here’s how to start.
TAKE STOCK OF YOUR WARDROBE
You’re only going to be living with a set number of pieces for the next three months, so you want to make sure you pick those pieces mindfully. Doing that well requires taking a serious look at what’s already in your closet.
“If you’re going to give capsuling a shot, go all in. Literally empty your closet onto your bed, and only add back in the items you love,” advises Seasons + Salt blogger Andrea Hartman, who first started capsuling three years ago. “It will be eye-opening.”
It might seem like a lot of work, but laying everything in your wardrobe out where you can see it all at once is a good way to get a comprehensive view of what you own, connecting what works well together and noting what percentage of your possessions you actually wear regularly. You’ll also want to earmark any pieces that need mending before inclusion — if you adore those camel boots but the heel has started coming off, check whether it’s something that can be fixed or needs to be replaced before starting the capsule.
PICK WHAT’S GOING IN YOUR CAPSULE
Your capsule should have about 35 pieces including tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear and shoes. Items that should not be included in this number include loungewear, sleepwear, underwear, workout clothes you wear only for working out (as opposed to athleisure you might wear elsewhere) and accessories — those are all freebies.
If you’re not sure whether a specific item should count among your 35 or not, remember: pieces that are necessary for one occasion (like a gown for a fancy wedding) don’t count as long as you only wear them for that specific activity or event. So if you only wear your one-piece swimsuit to the beach, for example, it doesn’t count, but if you’re going to style it as a bodysuit with your normal clothes, it does.
As you consider what to include in your capsule, ask yourself: Can I style it multiple ways? Is it something I know I’ll actually wear based on a track record of wearing it in the past? Is it appropriate for the season and temperature? Is it well-made enough that I trust it to last through the next three months with repeated wear?
STORE EVERYTHING ELSE
Once you’ve selected your 35 or so capsule pieces, pack the rest of your clothing up and store it out of sight, if space permits. This will both make it easier for you to stick to your original capsule — no temptingly blurred lines — and will also help you figure out what pieces you might be able to purge at the end of the capsule. Did you totally forget about that tank top that you hid from sight, even though it was summer? That may be a sign that you can let go of it permanently, making for even less long-term clutter.
TRY IT FOR THREE MONTHS
Once you’ve picked your capsule and stored everything else, you’re ready to live in it. Wear only the pieces in your capsule (and the free-pass items like underwear and loungewear) for three months straight.
Some parts of this step will be easy, like picking outfits you’ve already loved in the past. But even if it gets hard, it’s worth sticking with the rules you gave yourself — not only will you learn more about what really works best for you, but you might also find yourself coming up with creative new ensembles you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise. And if a little wardrobe boredom rears its head, don’t assume it means that capsuling isn’t for you.
“Boredom is normal in all parts of life,” notes Anne Sage, a blogger and authorknown for her minimal aesthetic. “So when it does come, rather than lamenting it, it’s good to learn to roll with it.” After all, why would you expect your wardrobes to be immune to a malady that the rest of your life isn’t?
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Elliptical Workouts For Weight Loss
A workout by Chris Freytag to try in your gym or at home if you own your own equipment.
3 Elliptical Workouts For Weight Loss
The elliptical machine is one of the best fitness inventions to come around in recent history. It’s got the sweet combination of allowing you to work as hard as you want while keeping it all completely low-impact. You will see everyone from serious athletes to those recovering from injuries on these machines, and for good reason: there are tons of benefits to elliptical workouts.
Benefits of Using The Elliptical
- Gives you a low-impact cardio workout that’s easier on your joints
- Accessible enough that all fitness levels can participate; even if you’re getting back into exercise after an injur
- Works your total body
- Helps improve balance and mobility
- Offers quick workouts for busy days.
It’s clear we love elliptical workouts, but like any form of cardio, variety is the key to keeping it fresh and fun—and keeping your body challenged. You can’t just hop on the machine every day and go at a steady state expecting to lose weight, tone up, or change your body. Plus, we’ve been there/done that, and it gets BORING! Yes, the console probably has several elliptical workout programs for you to try, but if you are looking for something new or different, we’ve got three intense, calorie-burning workouts for you to choose from.
3 Elliptical Workouts For Weight Loss
In order to keep challenging you body (and prevent boredom) you simply need to vary your incline and your resistance. Almost all ellipticals offer a ramp or incline which simulates the sensation of going up a hill—this is the incline—and this helps work your glutes and legs. You can also up your resistance to increase your effort and calorie burn. And lastly, you can change what you’re doing on the elliptical by changing the direction you’re pedaling.
We’ve utilized these tactics to give you three interval-based, calorie-burning elliptical workouts to help you lose weight. These workouts are designed to make your elliptical time a little more interesting, and a little more challenging to work different muscle groups and keep you on your toes. Find the elliptical workout that matches your needs and timeframe below. They go from 15 minutes to 20 minutes and lastly, a 30-minute elliptical routine. Plus, we made all of the elliptical workouts printable! Just click on the workout, print and take it with you to the gym or your home machine.
Lunch Time Calorie Crunch Elliptical Workout
When you only have 15-minutes, you need an elliptical workout that gets your heart rate up and torches calories fast. Enter: Our Lunch Time Calorie Crunch. Changing up the resistance and incline often in this quick workout helps you make the most of your time. (By using varying inclines and resistance levels, you move your heart rate through different zones.) Plus, you’ll alternate between pedaling backwards and forwards which helps you work all your leg muscles in one workout. This 15-minute workout will let you get in and get out while burning calories in record time.
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20-Minute Tabata Elliptical Workout
Have 20-minutes to spare? Then you’ll love this Tabata elliptical routine. This workout gives the elliptical a fresh spark using the tabata interval training technique. Tabata is a form of HIIT: High Intensity Interval Training. By going as hard as you can for 20 seconds and then resting for 10 seconds several times in a row, you keep your brain busy and your heart pumping. The incline remains 5.0 the entire workout, but the resistance and the pace or speed at which you push changes. So have fun and enjoy the ride!
Go Big Interval Challenge Elliptical Workout
This 30-minute interval challenge will rev your metabolism and make the time fly as you change your resistance and use speed intervals to crank up your metabolism. Pay attention to the column on the right that says “feeling” and adjust the speed you pedal to match that feeling. Try to vary the forward and backward motion between the intervals to keep all your leg muscles working evenly.
And that’s it! Try one of these interval-style elliptical workouts and let us know how you liked them. When you want to increase your calorie burn and decrease workout boredom, these can become your new best friends.
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Benfefits of Using Ubiquinol
Naturally produced in our bodies, ubiquinol is an active form of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which has been shown to have quite powerful antioxidant potential. First discovered in the 1950s, CoQ10 is known to help many of the diseases associated with aging. CoQ10 can be found in foods such as meat and fish, although in very low amounts.
In our practice, we have found clear benefits from ubiquinol supplements for issues of heart disease, blood pressure, gum and oral health, and even nervous system challenges. This article will discuss how ubiquinol may help our bodies, and what solid medical research has shown regarding the benefit of this supplement.
How Does Ubiquinol Work?
From moment to moment, we are burning energy and aging. As a result, free radicals are produced in our bodies which will damage all cells, including vessel walls, nerve tissue, and the linings of our organs. Additionally, environmental toxins that enter into our bodies can also cause damage and increase oxidant levels, allowing a further breakdown of our bodies’ cells and repair mechanisms.
Despite the aging process, every cell in the body is in the business of producing energy to keep you vital and healthy. The energy each cell produces is in the form of a molecule called ATP, which is made in the energy powerhouse of the cell known as the mitochondria. Ubiquinol has been shown to promote ATP production in the mitochondrial inner membrane.
Ubiquinol not only helps to support your body’s energy production, but it’s also considered one of the strongest antioxidants available. It has the ability to protect your body’s cells from damage caused by oxidative stress and free radicals. Ubiquinol sopps up the oxidants causing the damage; removing oxidant attack allows your body to repair and restore health.
Help for What Ages You
Ubiquinol is known already known to be helpful in neurological disease, liver dysfunction, renal disease and other diseases/conditions. We are going to focus on a few very common conditions in aging: heart disease, statin medication use, blood pressure problems, gum disease.
Since the 1970s, clinical studies have shown that the oral administration of CoQ10 improves the health of patients suffering from heart problems.
An analysis of heart muscle tissue collected from patients with heart disease revealed a marked decrease in the tissue CoQ10 concentration.
It has been shown that patients with lower ubiquinol concentrations and decreases in ATP (energy) production in the heart muscle tissue suffered more severe types of heart disease than patients with higher levels of CoQ10.
Clinical trials of patients with a severe form of heart disease called congestive heart failure were given 580 mg per day of ubiquinone. These patients found significant increases in blood levels of CoQ10 levels, along with excellent improvements in the ejection fraction of the heart (the heart’s ability to move blood) and improvement of the left ventricle, the part of the heart that sends blood out to the body.
There is also some preliminary research evidence that suggests coenzyme Q10 may be helpful in cardiac arrhythmias, a type of heart issue where the heartbeat can become too fast or erratic.
Statin Medication Use
Statin medications are the number-one-selling medication in the world. While statin medications are reported to help avert cardiovascular problems like heart attacks by lowering LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol, statin medications themselves are known to lower the levels of natural ubiquinol in the body and heart muscle.
One study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed a 22% decrease in ubiquinol levels in patients using simvastatin (Zocor), while other studies suggest that statins can reduce serum levels of coenzyme Q10 by up to 40%. Long-term use of statin medications can increase risk of nerve damage and rhabdomyolsis (breakdown of muscle tissue). Since nerve and muscle tissue need plenty of ubiquinol and CoQ10 to keep up energy, it makes sense that this depletion could cause problems. Research already is mounting which suggests that ubiquinol supplementation could decrease muscle pain due to statin use. As such, we recommend anyone taking these medications should consider adding supplemental CoQ10 in the form of ubiquinol to their daily regimen.
Double-blind clinic research studies report that supplementation with forms of CoQ10 can help significantly decrease blood pressure in people who have hypertension. Most of this research supplemented 100 mg of regular ubiquinone form of CoQ10 per day for at least ten weeks. The authors of these studies have indicated that treatment with CoQ10 may lower blood pressure by decreasing oxidative stress and balancing insulin response in patients with known high blood pressure who are receiving conventional antihypertensive (anti-high blood pressure) medication. Insulin is a hormone known to regulate blood sugar and high insulin levels along with high blood pressure can raise the risk of heart attack by 20 times.
Dry mouth is a condition in which salivary production in the mouth is greatly reduced. Besides making you feel thirsty, dry mouth can cause cavities, food intake and tasting problems, promote gum disease and cause mouth pain. For some, this condition can negatively alter a person’s quality of life in a profound way.
Medical studies suggest that an age-related decrease in energy production and ATP has been suggested to result in impaired salivary secretion. Some cases of dry mouth can be caused by an autoimmune issue called Sjogren’s Syndrome. But in many cases, it is unclear what is causing this problem. We do know that the incidence of dry mouth increases as we age, with a particularly high incidence among peri-menopausal women, which suggests that hormonal changes may play a role.
In one study, 66 patients were given either ubiquinol 100 mg/day or a placebo for 1 month, and found the supplement was able to find its way to the salivary gland and increase its levels in the gland helping to confer improved ability to produce saliva.
Like dry mouth, periodontal (gum) disease is a known cause of loss of quality of life, and has even been linked with higher levels of heart problems.
With regard to the effects of CoQ10 on gum health, one group of researchers reported that after patients took supplemental CoQ10, their levels of subgingival (under the gum) bacteria decreased. It seems that the CoQ10 helped the immune system strengthen so the body could fight off the bacteria more easily.
If CoQ10 Is Cheaper, Why Do I Need to Take Ubiquinol?
There are a few forms of CoQ10 out there. Regular CoQ10, which has been around the longest, is called “ubiquinone.” The form we have been referring to mostly in this article is called ubiquinol, and is the non-oxidized, active form of CoQ10 in the body. As demonstrated in studies, ubiquinol has superior bioavailability to ordinary ubiquinone, which means it gets absorbed into the body and blood stream much better.
Until recently, the only way to increase ubiquinol levels in the blood was for the body to convert it from ubiquinone (CoQ10), which research has shown becomes increasingly difficult as you age. While regular CoQ10 may be cheaper and will have some benefit, studies strongly suggest that ubiquinol is a more effective form to take.
Dosage and Safety
Various studies supplementing with ubiquinol will prescribe an average of anywhere between 50 mg per day up to 600 mg per day. Severe heart disease and severe neurological issues like Parkinson’s Disease may require the higher level dosages. Studies dosing from 300 mg to 1200 mg per day for 16 months of CoQ10 for four weeks have not shown any concerns of toxicity.
A Ubiquitous Conclusion
The word ubiquitous means “existing everywhere.” Ubiquinol is a molecule that plays an important energy and antioxidant role in every cell in our body. As naturopathic physicians, we want to stress that aging, heart disease, blood pressure and oral health challenges still require that you eat healthily, exercise, and work on lowering stress. No one supplement by itself can cure these challenging conditions. But for great support to help your body energize and balance against damage, ubiquinol can be a healing and solid part of your supplemental regimen.
Leaving Home And Student Stress
Since coming back from England, I have been in the process of getting my son ready to move out and start his career as a University student. It has been stressful as (me being his mother) I do not want him to go through any hardship’s. While I want him to have the comforts of what he has at home I also want this to be a time for him to grow and become a responsible and well educated adult! As his parents, we want him to do well in his classes as well as having a good health and staying within his budget. Below are some tips from the National Health Service of the United Kingdom (NHS).
Student stress: self-help tips
Starting university can be a stressful experience. How you cope with the stress is the key to whether or not it develops into a health problem.
Stress is a natural feeling, designed to help you cope in challenging situations. In small amounts it’s good, because it pushes you to work hard and do your best, including in exams.
Leaving home to start your studies can involve some stressful changes. These might include moving to a new area, meeting new people and managing on a tight budget.
What Have I Been Upto?
I am back from visiting my home country of England. It was a wonderful trip; I saw new sites and visit family. During this time I did not follow any diet, instead I enjoyed myself. Initially, I tried to maintain a healthy diet, however my aunt is an amazing cook, cousin made me eat junk food, such as the delicious Sticky Toffy Pudding with Clotted Creme and good for me deserts such as Soya Yogurt. To counteract the fun foods I ate, I walked everywhere I could. I became slowly much thinner. I realized that to lose weight I didn’t have to waste money doing these crazy diets that a slavish devotion to eat their products while not allowing you to actually enjoy life, such as Ideal Protein. All I needed to do was to eat in moderation and exercise.
Since coming back from England, my activity has been different as in Europe we walked a lot vs here in California where we walk less day to day as it is such a hassle due to the distance. Instead, I have been working out at the Gym and home and it made a difference.
Benefits Of Spinning!
The article below holds true, as spinning has many benefits. Sunny and his wife Arosha have been attending spin class at their local gym and have had positive benefits such as relieving stress and no injury. Yeah! Sunny and Arosha keep up the good work!
The Benefits of a Spinning Workout
A spinning workout is an excellent way to burn some calories and relieve stress. The workout employs a stationary bike, which has various tension levels. The bike will also track your progress, so that you are motivated to continue and accomplish your fitness goals. There are numerous benefits to a spinning workout.
A spinning workout of 45 minutes may allow you to burn around 500 calories, which is a huge amount when compared to other types of workout. However, the amount of calories you burn will depend on the intensity of the workout. Adjust your bike according to the intensity you desire.
Build Muscle Tone
The spinning workout may help you build some muscle tone. The workout will focus on the core muscles, as well as the buttocks and thighs. You can increase and decrease the tension of the bike; this is similar to riding up and down a hill. While you pedal, you will work your thighs and calves. If you maintain the correct positionon the bike, you will also work on your abdominal muscles. When you pedal faster, you are likely to burn fat. When you pedal slower and have a higher tension, you will work your muscles.
Increased Cardio Endurance
If you opt for regular spinning classes, you will build increased cardio endurance. This is beneficial, especially if you feel weaker and start panting even after an insignificant effort, such as climbing a flight of stairs.
Low Impact Exercise
A spinning workout is a low impact exercise. This means that it won’t put pressure on knees and joints, as other aerobic or running exercises do. The workout is also recommended for people that suffer from arthritis.
Any type of exercise is known to relieve stress. However, a spinning class can be a more efficient stress reliever than most types of exercise. This is due to the fact that the workout is intensive and it is a class where you can meet people and socialize.
Spinning classes are held by an instructor that will motivate you throughout the workout. In addition, there will be music, which will make the class more entertaining.
Reduced Risks of Injury
While running and jogging may present a high risk of injury, a spinning class is less likely to cause any injuries. However, it’s recommended to stretch prior to the class, so that you don’t pull any muscles.
The stationary bike will have adjustable tensions, which you can change during the class. Your trainer can indicate when to change the tension, or you can adjust it according to your abilities and fitness goals.
Track Your Progress
Most stationary bikes will have some devices which will track the amount of calories you burn, your mileage and even your pulse. This means that you can track your progress, which is also a motivating factor.
Can Be Done Year Round
Unlike other types of activities such as jogging, which can be unpleasant when performed during the months with extreme temperatures, a spinning class can be performed at any time during the year.
Amongst many athletes, amateur and professional alike, the concept of stretching has always been a nuisance. Stretching has in the past, been an afterthought for most people, believing the effectiveness of stretching was dubious. Today, the importance of stretching is well known, most professional sporting teams requiring their players to go through a variety of different stretches before and after the game. In all forms of exercise, stretching is the key to not only preventing injury, but also for increasing efficiency, be it being able to lift more, jump higher or run faster.
Stretching is so important, even dogs stretch! This includes my own dog, Versace, who is very cognizant of her health.
Here is a short video of her and other dogs stretching:
How jeans conquered the world
It’s difficult to find a garment as widely embraced, worn and loved the world over as jeans. The classic symbol of the American West is now a staple in wardrobes around the world. But why?
Cowboys may wear them but so do supermodels, farmers, presidents and housewives.
Ask any group of people why they wear jeans and you will get a range of answers. For some they’re comfortable, durable and easy – for others they’re sexy and cool. Jeans mean different things to different people. Does this explain their wide appeal?
It is a subject that is relatively unstudied, says anthropologist Danny Miller, whose book Blue Jeans will be published next month.
In every country he has visited – from the Philippines to Turkey, India and Brazil – Miller has stopped and counted the first 100 people to walk by, and in each he found that almost half the population wore jeans on any given day.
Jeans are everywhere, he says, with the exception of rural tracts of China and South Asia.
The reason for their success has as much to do with their cultural meaning as their physical construction.
They were first designed as workwear for labourers on the farms and mines of America’s Western states in the late 19th Century.
When a Nevada tailor called Jacob Davis was asked to make a pair of sturdy trousers for a local woodcutter, he struck upon the idea of reinforcing them with rivets. They proved extremely durable and were soon in high demand.
Davis realised the potential of his product but couldn’t afford to patent it. He wrote to his fabric supplier, the San Francisco merchant, Levi Strauss, for help.
“The secratt of them Pents is the Rivits that I put in those Pockots,” he said. “I cannot make them up fast enough…My nabors are getting yealouse of these success.”
Levi’s, as the patented trousers became known, were made in two fabrics, cotton duck (similar to canvas) and denim.
“They found really early on that it was the denim version that would sell,” says Paul Trynka, author of Denim: From Cowboys to Catwalks. Denim was more comfortable, softening with age, and its indigo dye gave it a unique character.
Indigo doesn’t penetrate the cotton yarn like other dyes but sits on the outside of each thread. These molecules chip off over time, causing the fabric to fade and wear in a unique way.
“Why did it sell?” asks Trynka. “Because the denim changed as it aged and the way it wore reflected people’s lives.”
Because of its fading quality, denim was sold raw – unwashed and untreated – and by the beginning of the 20th Century workers began to realise they could shrink the trousers to a more comfortable fit.
Not only were they more durable but each pair of jeans began to tell the story of the worker and his work.
“Jeans are the most personal thing you can wear,” says Miller. “They wear to the body.”
But the initial explosion of denim into the world of casualwear had more to do with what jeans had come to symbolise.
Before World War II jeans were only worn in America’s Western states. In the east they were synonymous with romantic notions of the cowboy – rugged, independent and American, but at the same time rural and working class.
Affluent easterners would escape humdrum suburban life to holiday on “dude ranches” – working farms where they could play at being cowboys – and wearing jeans was part of the experience.
“It was the kind of clothing that represented the American West and it was this cachet and this sort of magical thing,” says Lynn Downey, archivist and historian at Levi Strauss & Co. But back in Connecticut or New York, the jeans stayed in the closet.
When they did start to be worn as casual wear, it was a startling symbol of rebellion – the spirit captured by Marlon Brando in his 1953 film The Wild One and by James Dean two years later in Rebel Without a Cause.
“If you were a 15-year-old boy in 1953 you wanted to be Marlon Brando,” says Downey.
“Hollywood costume designers put all the bad boys in denim.”
Dean and Brando wore denim off-screen too. Both represented a subversive counter-culture – a group of young GIs just returned from war, who rode around the US on motorcycles instead of moving to the suburbs and having children.
“They freaked out the establishment in the United States because they were not conforming and they were wearing jeans,” says Downey.
They were soon banned in schools from coast to coast which only added to the fervour with which teenagers embraced them.
Outside America the trend was beginning to catch on too. Many of the GIs stationed in Europe and Japan during the war were working-class boys from the Western states. While off duty they wore their jeans proudly as a symbol of home.
The trousers represented an easier, happier American way of life, which Europeans wanted to buy into.
During the 1960s jeans had also spread to the American middle class. Protesting college students began wearing them as a token of solidarity with the working class – those most affected by racial discrimination and the war draft.
But jeans weren’t only a symbol of democratisation, they put different classes on a level playing field. They were affordable and hard-wearing, looked good worn as well as new, and didn’t have to be washed often or ironed at all. They conformed to the body in a way that matched even the most finely tailored clothes. This became especially important for women because then, as now, they paid more attention to fit.
This versatility, the ability to become all things to all people, is the secret to jeans’ survival as a clothing staple.
In the decades after World War II, every youth subculture – from rockabillies with their wide turn-ups, hippies with bell-bottoms and punks with orchestrated rips and tears – have put their stamp on jeans.
“It was an individualist uniform – which is an oxymoron – but that still does function today,” says Paul Trynka. “Jeans still have a badge of individuality even if you buy them off the rack.”
Today, jeans are mostly sold pre-shrunk and pre-worn. In his book, Miller argues they have become so mainstream that they are now a symbol of the ordinary, a garment people put on to feel comfortable and fit in.
“Jeans have become this neutral foundational garment. If you want to show you are relaxed, if you want to be relaxed, you wear jeans,” says Miller.
But Trynka believes there is still something in their symbol of youth, their ease and casualness, that puts jeans beyond the reach of certain people.
“Famously, George W Bush and Tony Blair went out on the street in denim during their first summit meeting. The statement was, ‘We are regular guys,’ but of course they both looked like dorks,” he says.
Jeans purists were offended by their pristine appearance. Many of them avoid washing their jeans for as long as possible – and it seems that the fabric may have some as yet unexplained capacity to stay clean.
Last year a microbiology student at the University of Alberta, Josh Le, wore the same pair of raw denim jeans for 15 months without washing them and then tested their bacterial content.
He tested them again two weeks after washing them and found the bacterial content to be much the same .
“This shows that, in this case at least, the bacteria growth is no higher if the jeans aren’t washed regularly,” said Rachel McQueen, a professor of textile science, who worked with Le on the informal scientific experiment.
But while different people wear jeans in different ways, the most traditional styles remain among the most popular.
“They’re simple, they’re not complicated,” says Downey of the original Levi’s 501 jean. “It’s just denim, thread and rivets.”
But unadorned denim is still special, says Trynka.
“It’s not just a three-dimensional material, it’s four-dimensional because it changes with time as well. The eternal appeal of jeans is just that they reflect us and they reflect the lives that we’ve had in them.”
Stress And Buying A House
My husband and I are currently in the market of buying a new house and is stressful but fun. The fun comes from finding the perfect home while the stress is finding the perfect home, that has everything we need. However, having a realtor has significantly dropped the amount of stress.
How buying a house is more stressful than bankruptcy, divorce and even the death of a loved-one, according to poll
- Fears the deal could collapse and slow lawyers ranked worst stresses
- Selling a property seen as more stressful than buying one, survey finds
- But half of those polled said they had a stressful experience while buying
With prices rocketing, jitters about interest rates, and fears of an imminent collapse, there really has never been a more nail-biting time to dabble in the housing market.
So it’s perhaps no surprise that a new poll shows that buying a house is more stressful than bankruptcy, divorce or even bereavement.
The survey found that a large percentage of adults said getting involved with the property market is one of modern life’s most unpleasant experiences.
People look at properties advertised in an estate agent’s window in London: Buying a house is more stressful than bankruptcy, divorce or even bereavement, making it one of life’s most unpleasant experiences, a poll says
Dealing with solicitors and paperwork for weeks on end, fears the deal could collapse at any moment and constantly chasing estate agents for updates was ranked as more traumatic than getting sacked.
In the list of the most stressful lifetime events, the research found the stress of selling a house came above the levels experienced when losing a job, becoming a parent or planning a wedding.
Solicitors bore the brunt of the discontent among those who took part in the study. They were labelled as the most stressful people to work with, while over a quarter had bad experiences with an estate agent.
The research also found people were more than twice as likely to feel selling a property was more stressful than buying one due to having to keep the house clean for constant viewings.
Prospective buyers cancelled viewings on a third of those trying to sell, while 42 per cent received derisory offers.
Over a quarter suffered from a lack of updates from the high street estate agents in the major bug-bears for those trying to sell their home.
Trying to get hold of solicitors in office hours also emerged as a major pain.
For sale: Estate agents came off really badly – in fact when it comes to selling their home to potential buyers four in ten thought they could do a better job than an estate agent
A weary one in seven had seen a property move collapse because of a poor estate agent and the same number had pulled out of a deal because of their rising frustration levels.
And exactly half of those polled said they had a negative experience when buying a home.
The same number were convinced their property transaction would have been smoother if those involved (lawyers, lenders, estate agents) had communicated more efficiently.
THE 10 MOST STRESSFUL EXPERIENCES IN MODERN LIFE
1. Buying or selling a property
2. Relationship break-up/divorce
3. Being made redundant
4. Death of a grandparent
5. Getting the sack
6. Being in debt
7. Starting a new job
8. Becoming a parent for the first time
9. Planning a wedding
10. Going broke / bankrupt
THE 10 MOST STRESSFUL ASPECTS OF SELLING A PROPERTY
1. Slow solicitors
2. The risk of it falling through
3. The huge sums of money at stake
4. All the documentation to complete
5. Endless phone calls
6. The survey
7. Difficult vendors
8. Difficult estate agents
9. Being gazumped at the last minute
10. Disruption caused to your working day
A disgruntled 45 per cent thought their solicitor or conveyancer dragged their heels and seven in ten were hit with lengthy delays and unexpected frustrations in their last property transaction
Estate agents came off really badly – in fact when it comes to selling their home to potential buyers four in ten thought they could do a better job than an estate agent.
A spokesman for EstatesDirect.com, which commissioned the research, said: ‘The results show just how gruelling the process is regarded and clearly it’s viewed among the most stressful events we encounter in modern life.’
Miserable Husband/Wife Is Bad For Health
How having a miserable husband (or wife) is bad for your health
Study shown having a happy spouse increases chances of good health
Dr Chopik, of Michigan State Uni, tracked the health of 2,000 couples
Someone who is upbeat is also more likely to eat regularly and sleep well
A miserable wife or gloomy husband won’t just get you down – they could also make you ill.
A study has shown that having a happy spouse increases a person’s own chances of good health.
On the flip side, a glum partner could make you unwell.
A miserable wife or gloomy husband won’t just get you down – they could also make you ill (File photo)
Researcher Bill Chopik said: ‘Even if you’re the happiest person, your health can be dragged down by an unhappy spouse.’
Dr Chopik, of Michigan State University, tracked the health and happiness of almost 2,000 couples for six years.
The men and women, who were aged 50-plus, were asked how satisfied they were with their lives, as well as whether they suffered from diabetes or any other chronic diseases, how easy they found washing, dressing and other day to day tasks and how much they exercised.
Analysis showed that a partner’s happiness affected their other half’s health.
So, if a husband or wife was a cheerful sort, their spouse tended to be in better health – even if they were not particularly happy themselves.
Similarly, having a miserable spouse seemed to harm a partner’s health.
Dr Chopik said: ‘Participants with happy partners were significantly more likely to report better health, experience less physical impairment and exercise more frequently than participants with unhappy partners, even when accounting for the impact of their own happiness and other life circumstances.
‘None of these effects diminished over time suggesting that having a happy partner could afford surprisingly long-lasting effects on a person’s own health.’
Various studies have shown that happiness boosts a person’s own health but this research, published in the journal Health Psychology, takes the idea a step further by showing that one person’s happiness has a knock-on effect on another’ s health.
A study has shown that having a happy spouse increases a person’s own chances of good health (File photo)
Possible reasons for the finding include a happy spouse being more attentive of their other half. They may also have the energy needed to motivate unhappy spouses to take better care of themselves.
Someone who is upbeat is also more likely to eat regularly and sleep well – healthy behaviours that could rub off on their husband or wife.
In contrast, a miserable atmosphere at home may up the odds of someone drinking or smoking, even if they are relatively happy themselves.
Dr Chopik said: ‘For better and for worse, daily life inevitably involves the presence of other people and happiness simply cannot exist in a vacuum.
‘Testing an older adult population affords insights for better understanding health trajectories in later years of life, when the average person’s health is particularly at risk.
‘Identifying novel factors that may enhance health at these stages is particularly valuable.
‘The presence of one person’s sickness may be subtly indicated by the absent smile of another.’
Rituals of Tea
Tea has always been a large part of my life. My love of tea was instilled by my Mom and Dad, who created an amalgamation of Indian and English tea time rituals to America. Tea time was always looked forward too at the house as it allowed me to forget about the stress of living in a new country and remember my roots as an Indian and Englishwoman. To this day I will always make time in the morning and in the evening for a nice warm cup of tea.
Chai – the drink India can’t live without
In India, chai is more than just a cup of tea to start the day – the thick sweet drink is an integral part of the rhythm of life. Zach Marks and Resham Gellatly have been documenting the culture of Indian chai and the people who sell it – known as chai wallahs.
Tea is India’s most popular drink – the country consumes 837,000 tonnes of it every year. The ritual of drinking chai transcends all boundaries, and roadsides are dotted with chai wallahs who serve it boiled up with spices, sugar and milk.
Santosh strains a vat of boiling chai at his shop in Mumbai. Since he began selling tea 15 years ago, the area has changed dramatically. Many of the small businesses where Santosh once delivered chai have been replaced by large office buildings which he can’t enter. But many people working in the new developments have become regular customers, preferring Santosh’s chai made with thick milk and fresh ginger to the tea bags available in their offices.
A popular ingredient in north Indian chai, ginger is believed to have numerous health benefits and is thought to keep your body warm in winter. The spicy root has been used in hot, milk-based beverages in India for hundreds of years, so when the British popularised tea in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, adding ginger to the mix was a natural thing to do.
Shobhan Barwa’s stand is in the heart of Alipore, a posh neighbourhood in Calcutta. During the annual Hindu festival of Durga Puja, crowds flock here to see the elaborate pandals – temporary structures housing Hindu deities. He usually closes shop by 22:00, but for the week of Durga Puja, he stays open until 05:00 serving chai, eggs and French toast to visitors who need a caffeine kick to keep them going through the night.
On the final day of the festival, thousands join a procession to the Hooghly River where giant statues of Hindu gods and goddesses are immersed in the water. Last year, though, celebration turned to tragedy – a young man drowned when a statue fell on him at Baghbazaar. People gathered at a nearby chai stand to mourn his death.
Several decades ago, chai was served in small clay pots, known as kulhar in Hindi or bhar in Bengali. While the bowls are still popular in Calcutta, plastic cups, tiny glasses and steel tumblers have become the vessels of choice across most of India.
Born on a tea estate in Kotagiri in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, Rukmani has been plucking tea leaves all her life. As the eldest member of her group of female workers, she is called Amma, or mother. At lunchtime Amma prepares black chai over a fire of twigs with tea dust provided by a nearby factory.
Ganesh, a chai wallah at the railway station in Patna in Bihar state, brews one of his last pots of the night. Many Indians associate rail travel with the cries of “chai, chai,” from tea sellers carrying kettles along trains and platforms. Ganesh has memorised the local timetable and often gives travellers directions as well as a cup of chai.
Chai stands are often family businesses spanning many generations. The owner of this tea stall in Varanasi, one of India’s oldest and holiest cities, took over the business when his father passed away and keeps his memory alive by hanging a fresh garland of marigolds every morning.
Lalu Yadav has seen hundreds of thousands of cremations – his chai stand is next to Manikarnika Ghat, a cremation ground by the sacred Ganges river in Varanasi. Many Hindus believe it is an auspicious place to die and the people who come here to wait out their last days ensure the fires of Manikarnika burn bright day and night. Lalu’s father started the tea stand 40 years ago, offering mourning families a place to sit and sip chai during cremations. For him, constant proximity to death has become part of life. “There is no sadness here. We are used to seeing this 24 hours a day. These are only bodies.”
Photographs by Resham Gellatly and Zach Marks – you can see more pictures and read their blog at chaiwallahsofindia.com.
My son and I are currently getting ready to visit family in England. The stressful part of traveling is always “What Do I pack”? I usually overpack but we can only have 1 suitcase per person, so my son and I will have to pack light.
Read article below for tips for if you plan on vacationing this summer:
Summer can be a glorious time in England, with warm, sunny days, blue skies and English gardens in full bloom. But don’t count on it — summer can also be chilly, rainy and blustery. If you’re traveling to England during the summer, pack for the varied weather and be ready for anything.
England is part of the island of Great Britain, and being surrounded by water helps keep the climate moderate. Summer temperatures average from a low in the mid-50s Fahrenheit to highs in the mid-70s, with an occasional heat wave. The farther north you go or the higher in elevation, the cooler it will be. Summer days are also long, with June sunrise in London as early as 4:30 a.m. and sunset as late as 9:30 p.m. Rain is always a possibility; the Lake District is the wettest region, while mountainous areas are more likely to be cloudy or foggy.
Interchangeable separates in neutral colors are always a good choice, so pack basic black pants and another pair in navy, gray or khaki, as well as jeans for casual wear. Add a couple of casual tops and at least one dressy blouse. A lightweight sweater or fleece top for warmth comes in handy; you can wear either under your waterproof jacket or raincoat, which is an essential item to pack. If your raincoat is hooded, so much the better, as rainy days can also be windy; although a collapsible umbrella can come in handy, it can also be difficult to handle when the wind gusts. A pair of hiking boots you’ve already broken in or a dark pair of athletic shoes will keep you comfy if you’re doing a lot of walking. Add a pair of dressy flats or heels to go with a dress or a skirt that you can pair with your dressy blouse, and you’ll be ready for anything without having to drag a heavy suitcase after you. A scarf, a belt and some jewelry will allow you to change your look without adding bulk to your packing. Throw in a bathing suit — after all, it is summer.
Men also need separates they can mix and match; a couple of pairs of dark slacks with some knit shirts will cover most needs. Jeans are perfectly acceptable for casual wear. Make sure you have at least one long-sleeved knit top to layer under a sweater or fleece top, and be sure to pack that raincoat. A dress shirt will serve for most occasions, but pack a sport coat if you’re going to be dining in fine restaurants — to some extent, the better you’re dressed, the better you’ll be treated. You’re unlikely to need a tie on vacation, but they’re small, so throw one in just in case. Hiking boots or dark athletic shoes will work for everyday use; add a pair of dress shoes, too. Bring your swim trunks, but stick with a shorts style rather than briefs.
A major consideration in determining what to wear is what you plan to be doing. Obviously, if you are going to England for a business meeting, you’ll need to bring your suit or other business attire. If you plan to spend time at the seaside, consider a lightweight coverup and some sturdy sandals — some beach areas are rocky, and you want to stay safe. Another good option for rain protection is a hat. If you’re going to stay for more than a few days but want to keep your luggage light, think about lightweight basics you can wash out and let dry overnight. If you know you’re a bit messy and will be eating on the go, a print or plaid shirt may help hide your slips. And, of course, don’t forget underwear, socks, nightwear and sunglasses.
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Shoe Trends Spring/Summer 2017
We have absolutely loved the shows that allowed you to see it and buy it now as well, something a few rather top designers had signed up for and one that we are very happy to see sweeping the industry. But more than anything else, it was the spring/ summer 2017 footwear trends that had us super excited, since they appeared in so many styles and brought back so many memories from days long gone. After all, it is not an everyday sight to have designer logos as the heels of your favorite pumps.
Spring 2017 shoes are cool and hip and sometimes even totally in line with the latest social trends as well, such as that Marc Jacobs Pokemon platform that brings the latest Pokemon Go fad to mind. We see such intriguing creations throughout that we cannot help but think that the shoes are what will make or break your wardrobe half the time at least during the spring of 2017.
They are colorful and interesting, creatively done and sometimes with a fairy tale twist, like the bright green stiletto body contouring boots at Balenciaga. We even saw crocs on the runways and it has thrown us for a spin!
The top spring/ summer 2017 shoe trends we discovered on the Fashion Week runways include but are not limited to:
#1: Platforms All Over
One of the top summer 2017 shoe trends to pull into focus is the platform trend, adding height and loveliness to just about any shoe that appears on the runways. We see them in breathable boots in monochromatic colors at Salvatore Ferragamo.
Erdem’s snakeskin combination with ankle lacing and gorgeous platform heels certainly gets us thinking about statement footwear to match with some of the plainer designer dresses we saw on those spectacular runway shows. Proenza Schouler, Miu Miu and so many more did awesome work in their adaptations of this particularly popular shoe style.
#2: Those Kitten Heels
There is nothing sexier than giving just a hint of something special, and kitten heels have long been that perfect little formula to add an arch without hurting the feet and create an air of adorable mystery. Whether those lovely spring 2017 footwear designs are branded steppers or strappy sandals worn with sheer tights, this is a look that most of the top designers have added to their repertoires.
Celine’s darling heels are way cool in and of themselves, worn with sheer stockings and adhering to the stocking with sandal trend as well. Dior’s got its logos shown strongly, while it’s all about the party in comfort at Miu Miu.
#3: Flatforms with Quirk
You know about the platforms, but how do you feel about the flat versions? With flatform heels and a flat sole, these are a platform and flats combination that took over the spring 2017 shoe trends throughout the Fashion Weeks. Brands really were not shy about flats it seems, and crazy prints with crazy embellishments were totally in.
Gucci’s Oriental designs and ankle straps were certainly something we could invest in. Flatforms with a shiny advantage are literally all glittered up at Balmain as well, giving the footwear all the height and none of the pitch we are used to with other heels.
#4: Thin Stilettos
Okay, we get it… this is a season of contrasts. If you can wear one style, you most certainly can wear the opposite. In the clothing that meant both shoulder pads and transparent materials, both miniskirts and long midis, etc.
In shoes, it means both the chunky awesomeness that provides comfort and the slim chicness that is all about the delicate femininity of the woman. It means open-toe sandals with stockings at Altuzarra and thigh-high boots that really hug the legs tight at Gucci and Balenciaga.
#5: Rounded Heels
There is just something about geometrically shaped heels that gets our blood boiling and seeing the spring 2017 footwear trends including the circular designs was certainly pleasantly surprising. It has appeared in previous seasons as well, but the trend combinations are what make them awesome here.
Color blocking with Jacquemus, for example, put the black, white and nude pieces that are all about chunky meets dainty at the top of the shopping list.
#6: Branded Footwear
The summer 2017 shoe trends would not be complete without the branding that has taken over the runways over the latest Fashion Week shows all over the world. We see cute little kitten heels with “J’ADIOR” straps on the Dior showcasing, while many others add their labels to the heels or all around the footwear they have their models’ feet clad in.
As for Saint Laurent, it appears that sometimes the heels are a great way to show off your logo and still appear as cool as possible.
#7: Sandals With Socks
This trend was all over the runways during the spring 2017 presentations at Fashion Week. We see all kinds of creations here, from Givenchy’s laced up yellow sandals worn with thick brown socks to a look that is entirely unexpected, creating a boot out of a synthetic sock-like material that is worn with strappy barely there stiletto sandals.
Celine’s funky slider and latex sock looks created sock boots that are simply to die for. We have to admit though, sometimes the stockings with sandals really was cool, especially when the stockings were graffiti tights and the sandals had some really funky heels as per Libertine’s imaginings brought to the New York runway.
#8: Socks and Boots
We see socks and sandals quite a bit, but it is the socks and boots that is the top trend to focus on here, whether as separates or fused together. There are some incredibly gorgeous pieces that really look so very lovely on the legs, emphasizing the best parts of the lower limbs and creating some intriguing textures with corresponding coloring.
Fendi’s very fall-like footwear is definitely at the top of the list here, whereas we see something that is less expected, with more loafer-like entirely synthetic shoes mixed in with over-the-knee sock-like additions that are totally a main part of the DKNY footwear masterpieces.
Western boots and colorful socks can also be paired together quite comfortably this spring if Anna Sui’s fashion sense is at all to be taken into consideration.
#9: Sheer Tights with Strappy Sandals
Sheer socks and tights are also in this season and we are wondering what to do with it. After all, it has been so taboo to wear them sheer with sandals for so long, it is strange to see this trend taking center stage.
Open toes and ankle straps are not only okay, but entirely recommended for the spring and summer of 2017! That was clearly seen at Celine, where banana yellow single-toe-strap and ankle-strap sandals were paired with sheer black stockings. Altuzarra’s red divinity also proves that stockings can be colorful and playful and also have dark toe covers. Who would have thought?
#10: Those Sock Boots
Okay, we saw boots with socks and some other funky designs, but this really does need its own category. It is a boot that literally looks like it is made from a sock in a shoe or something similar, it is a cozy trend and a sometimes rather not so pretty one as we noticed at Loewe. Fendi had some awesome athleisure though, and Dolce & Gabbana’s designs were super hot, black lace stilettoes and all.
#11: Shiny Shoe Goodness
We like to shine our boots and shoes and go out for the night or day all the time. But when that shine suddenly takes on a new meaning, it appears that it is a party day in and day out. Whether we are talking ruffles on pretty stilettos like with Saint Laurent or gold and silver disco-ready flatforms from Balmain, this is one spring/ summer 2017 shoe trend that we can really have a lot of fun with, especially if we make the shoes the statement of the outfit for the day.
#12: Breathable Footwear
We see a lot of boots and shoes especially that allow for breathing room with holes all over or a mesh creation. We even see Crocs throughout the weeks with their holes that allow the feet to really let the air in. Salvatore Ferragamo brought in the monochromatic color trend along with the breathable boots, while black lace sock boots came into effect on the Dolce & Gabbana runway, looking totally fabulous.
#13: Tying/ Strapping Round the Ankles
It appears that the ankles are a great part of the body to emphasize come spring 2017. Whether we are looking at thick wraparounds in leather or thicker single straps in snakeskin, we see many top designers creating their masterpieces in a way that both shows off skin and covers beautifully, sometime chunky, sometimes dainty, but very often bringing the gaze to that slimmest part of the legs.
House of Holland’s panel play and gingham designs are really cool, the looks made light and springy and entirely perfect with this ankle strapped trend. From the ruffles of Saint Laurent to the buckles of Attico, the wrapping around the ankle trend is as huge as it can get.
#14: Laced up and Bound
We get to see a whole lot of spring/ summer 2017 shoe trends, where the shoes are laced up either tightly or showing whatever is underneath, worn with socks and stockings and open backs or simply looking awesome in the sandals or boots sections. Givenchy gives us some intriguing designs to choose from, while it was all about the athletic boots come Dior’s sexy presentations.
As for Versace, it is athleisure at its finest, with a whole lot of fashionable heel options, the colors of the boot laces matching the clothing and handbags perfectly. As for the Western trend that was huge for the spring as well, there are some boots to match it, with J.W. Anderson offering us a range of mid-calf laced up boots in suede and leather.
#15: Open Back Footwear
Whether as part of the chunky collections with ankle straps that are nice and thick, or with thin strands around that slender area and riddled with colors and patterns, the open back footwear is totally in and we are not just talking mules either, though those certainly do make an appearance.
Givenchy gives the trend a whole new look really with laced up mules that sport kitten heels and are worn with thick socks underneath. Pretty snazzy, if you ask me.
#16: The Bane of the “Ugly” Shoes
What makes a shoe ugly? That is hard to say and is entirely subjective, but many have called Crocs and Uggs utter abominations, despite them being some of the most comfortable footwear on the market.
It creates strong emotions for or against really, and seeing the Crocs at Christopher Kane or the Uggs at Preen definitely has us either thanking or cursing the designers. No matter what one thinks about these “ugly” creations, they are in style, they are going to be on the streets, and it is just best to embrace it all.
#17: Making the Varsity Team
Athletic inspirations have been huge all across the runway trends, from the clothing to the accessories and most especially the spring/ summer 2017 shoe trends. It is an unexpected footwear option but one which we certainly can enjoy to the maximum. Whether we are looking at boxer boots or built-in socks, the season is calling for sneakers.
White boots that go up to the knees, all laced up, appear at Dior in a lovely manner, whereas DKNY makes athleisure look so very comfortable that fashion has met its match. Fendi’s sock and boot combination is by far one of our very favorites though, even if we think this would totally look better as part of the Christmas trends as opposed to the spring of 2017.
The white sneakers in general caught peoples’ attention and have been given their own category time and again. Tommy Hilfiger has some pretty awesome pieces in this style along with Bands of Outsiders and Lacoste.
#18: Leather for Warm Weather
Vibrant shades are a common look for the spring 2017 shoe trends, and it is the leather boots from the winter season that seem to make a very pronounced appearance on the Fashion Week runways.
Whether we are looking at the square toes of Balenciaga, or the rounded versions in orange coming up to the ankles at Celine, warm weather boots are a real thing and the colors are what make them so attractive for the average fashion lover. Honestly, near all the boots, and there were quite a few, were leather designed and meant to keep you fashionably warm.
#19: Skinning Snakes
There is a rather intriguing spring 2017 footwear trend out there and it has everything to do with snakeskin. Really interesting creations have been brought to the Fashion Week runways as such, including some crazy picks from Marc Jacobs and some half and half looks as per Louis Vuitton, appearing very tastefully to mix green snakeskin across the back of the foot with nude triangle toe leather over the front.
Snakeskin and rivets looks pretty amazing at 3.1 Phillip Lim in the bootie section, while Rodarte’s panel play on the boots was more than appealing, with the combination of simple leather and snakeskin.
#20: Shoes with Funky Heels
Non-geometric designs are a common theme to shoes during every Fashion Week and it was no less a trend during the spring 2017 offerings. Loewe rather enjoys playing with the heels it appears and it was cool to see the slight swirls there.
It got totally Western when we consider the Alexander McQueen shiny chrome additions with rivets, as well as the slightly askew totally square appearing heels at J.W. Anderson. Saint Laurent had heels made out in the brand’s logo that looked pretty rad as well.
And if anyone is into circular kitten heels with ribbons and open toes, Dries Van Noten has the right fit, or not, for you. Hood by Air even had heels that imitated the actual shoes, while Kenzo brought springs to barely there red strappy sandals. As for having wales on the heels, we can thank Thom Browne for that.
#21: Thigh-High Boots
Thigh highs were not as common as we would have thought when it comes to the spring/ summer 2017 shoe trends, but the body contouring style of some of the pieces, particularly seen at Gucci and Balenciaga were certainly something to catch the eyes. They were sexy and like second skins, seen in spandex and patent leather, the latex culture gaining new right out of them. Really, it was quite intriguing and way too beautiful to pass up.
#22: Slider Comfort Fantasy
Flip-flops were once a huge thing on the streets, particularly in the ‘90s. Now, we have some funky sliders appearing instead, something we noticed last spring as well. They are flats with a laid back presentation and updated for the summer with sequins and floral designs.
Prada, Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana, as well as Miu Miu have all joined the fantasy slider club and it’s so dang comfortable. One of our favorite slider looks though came from Tory Burchand it was a pearly creation that was so dearly feminine we could not look away.
#23: Bows, Feathers, Ruffles and Ribbons
Shiny and ruffled would not be the first choice of embellishment that we would pick for the spring/ summer 2017 shoes, but Saint Laurent certainly makes good use of the eccentricity of the style on simple stiletto ankle-bound shoes in black that make the legs look gorgeous.
The ruffles on footwear design actually appears multiple times on different shows throughout the Fashion Weeks, landing it among the top summer 2017 shoe trends. We get to see bows and ribbons all around as well, with some very lovely footwear creations, such as the comfortable looking flower embellished Dries Van Noten shoes or the feathery creations that almost look like home slippers at Anna Sui.
#24: Footwear for the Future
We saw some really futuristic boots as well on the runways, to match with the futuristic clothing designs that were ample. Storm troopers and space warriors were rather a common look it appears, with Chanel channeling the inner Star Wars fighter, Louis Vuitton focusing on the half leather and half reptile creations, and Dior delving into futuristic silver athleisure.
#25: Oriental Inspirations
Chinese and Japanese inspirations came to the spring/ summer 2017 shoes and sandals throughout the Fashion Week shows around the world, from strappy traditional-meets-flatform looks at Gucci to the totally synthetic comfort flatforms at Prada and the shiny version with ankle straps at Versace. The neo-geta sandals were great reinterpretations and spotted on catwalks everywhere.
#26: Moroccan Slippers
Also known as Babouche slippers, there were a whole lot of the flat grandmother style pieces that brought the Middle East to mind. It is a minimalist version this time around though and over appeared in color blocks or simple black, seen beautifully covering the feet at Narciso Rodriguez, showing off the heels at Dior and offering a bit of toe cleavage at Haider Ackermann as well.
They are quite lovely to wear out when you want to keep your height low, and totally comfortable to be getting your daily chores done while feeling like a mature woman.
Photos courtesy of Vogue, Livingly
When it comes to beauty influencers, Kim Kardashian West can be credited as a pioneer. With her longtime makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, she lauded the benefits of contouring (that old-school stage-makeup method of using darker base shades or bronzer to chisel and define features) early on. But unlike her half sister Kylie Jenner, whose Kylie Cosmetics line had its debut two years ago and has enjoyed booming success, Ms. Kardashian held herself apart from the legions of social media tastemakers turned solo makeup entrepreneurs — until now.
On Wednesday, Ms. Kardashian will introduce KKW Beauty with one product: perhaps unsurprisingly, the Crème Contour and Highlight Kit, with a contour stick, a highlighter stick and a brush/sponge, all with dual ends. It will be sold exclusively at KKWBeauty.com in four shades for $48 each.
Though Ms. Kardashian is no stranger to beauty brand extensions — she has her own fragrance line, and she and her sisters licensed their name for Kardashian Beauty and Kardashian Tan — this is the first time she has had full control over all the particulars, including product, packaging and image. Further, she intends the business to become a full-blown line, with several products already in the pipeline.
The rollout has not come off without a hitch, however. Last week, Ms. Kardashian posted a promotional image of herself on Twitter, in a cream-colored bra top and high ponytail, looking very contoured and very, very tan, prompting allegations that she had darkened her skin. Or, to put it more bluntly, that she was essentially wearing blackface.
But certainly no one is betting against Ms. Kardashian, who has proved adept at capitalizing on controversy in the past. Here, she responds to the blackface Twitter storm and explains how her own beauty evolution is reflected in KKW Beauty.
You’re not the first social media star to start her own line. Why were you slower to the game?
I had a line with my sisters, and we were in a licensing deal and a partnership, and it took time to get out of that. Right after, I said, “Hey guys, I want to do something on my own.” Kylie had just started her lip kits, my mom and Kylie had found a really great business model and found great partners. I learned so much from them.
Does that mean you’re going to work with the same manufacturer as Kylie?
Yes, I’m working with the same manufacturer. I’ve had a relationship with them for a while actually. But the lines, they’re totally separate. We don’t really talk to each other about what we’re doing and what our formulas are.
Mario, your makeup artist, recently signed on with Laura Mercier. With the introduction of your line, will you continue to work together?
Mario and I, we’re like family. We started in this together. We are so close that no matter what, we will always get advice from each other. I literally FaceTimed him at 2 a.m. the other day with a million swatches on my face. I was like, “I can’t decide which swatch and what shade this product should be,” and he told me which was best.
You two have been moving toward a more natural look, with less contour.
Yes, but I’ve always stayed true to contour. I’d say that for the past six months, I haven’t been wearing much makeup, but I try to have a little bit of a bronzy look that’s really beautiful and really creamy-looking. That’s why the sticks are cream. There’s no setting powder. But you can make it a heavier contour by adding a setting powder on top of the cream contour.
Why did you move to a more low-maintenance look?
Having kids really changes it up.
A lot of the social media-driven brands are targeting a younger shopper — more a 20-something millennial — but perhaps the quality of the product isn’t there. Being a mom, and being in your 30s, what’s your focus going to be?
When we get to my concealers, I’ll have anti-aging formulas. That’s really important to me — and, of course, the quality. In the beginning, this line will really be about all the correcting and perfecting tricks I’ve learned. There’s the cream contour. There will also be powder contour and undereye concealer. I’ve always had dark undereye circles from being Armenian. These are the things I feel like I’ve really perfected.
Definitely that’s part of your image. Speaking of image, tell me about your side to the blackface controversy.
I would obviously never want to offend anyone. I used an amazing photographer and a team of people. I was really tan when we shot the images, and it might be that the contrast was off. But I showed the image to many people, to many in the business. No one brought that to our attention. No one mentioned it.
Of course, I have the utmost respect for why people might feel the way they did. But we made the necessary changes to that photo and the rest of the photos. We saw the problem, and we adapted and changed right away. Definitely I have learned from it.
High School Graduation 2017!
May 1st is the day that graduating high school seniors who have been accepted to college and who have a choice to make are supposed to commit to a school. For those students who think their life depends on the choice they make, here is some advice from a college admission counselor who has worked for years helping students apply to and choose colleges. He is Brennan Barnard, director of college counseling at the Derryfield School, a private college preparatory day school for grades 6-12 in Manchester, N.H.
By Brennan Barnard
We’ve all been there — love at first sight; eyes locking from across the room, that familiar rush of warmth and dizziness, the skies that suddenly seem that much brighter. It is tricky enough when our infatuation leads to unrealistic ideals of perfection in a partner, but it’s downright dangerous when we fall in love with a college this way. For high school students this idealism is quite common as they develop romanticized expectations of the perfect school.
In my job as a high school college counselor, I see this same dynamic play out every year. Students have spent considerable energy and emotion on pinning, planning and applying to college. For some it has been years of allowing college admission to dictate choices and rule the day. They have gone to great lengths to master tests, stretch themselves academically and exhaust themselves with extracurricular involvement with the goal of impressing admission committees.
After all of this effort, there is an expectation of perfection that simply does not exist.
Choosing a college in not dissimilar to choosing a life partner, and just as no marriage is flawless, the perfect college is but a myth. Last spring, author Alain de Botton wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about “Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person.” He argued that, “It’s one of the things we are most afraid might happen to us. We go to great lengths to avoid it. And yet we do it all the same: We marry the wrong person.”
This will be my message to high school seniors this year: No college is perfect and if they start with that premise, they will be less likely to face disappointment.
Botton writes: “The problem is that before marriage, we rarely delve into our complexities. Whenever casual relationships threaten to reveal our flaws, we blame our partners and call it a day.”
I see this increasingly every year from students who are either paralyzed by college choice or who just months in are having buyer’s remorse. Instead, students must embrace the complexities of college life and opportunity and accept the imperfections.
So what if a student does pick the wrong college? In some ways, it is inevitable, because no school is perfect. Botton contends that in marriage, picking the wrong partner doesn’t mean we need to extricate ourselves. Instead he suggests that we abandon “the founding Romantic idea upon which the Western understanding of marriage has been based the last 250 years: that a perfect being exists who can meet all our needs and satisfy our every yearning.”
Likewise, though it may be “the best four years of your life,” any single college will not meet every need and desire that one has for an education. This is why internships, study abroad, graduate school and other opportunities exist — to provide outlets for one’s yearning. For other disillusioned college students who are so unhappy, they are transferring — alot. A 2015 report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that more than a third of college students transfer and that nearly half of those do it more than once.
Perhaps a college has most of what a student is looking for academically or socially but the location or food or athletic spirit do not meet expectations. Instead of embracing the positive and engaging the complexities, however, students focus on the flaws and envision a more perfect ideal that exists only in their mind’s eye.
The college application process mistakenly sends the message that students should demonstrate perfection in high school achievement and in turn admitted applicants erroneously seek this same flawlessness in a college. This is an unhealthy start to a partnership.
Instead, seniors faced with the good fortune of college choice should not assume perfection but rather consider each school’s quirks and weaknesses, and ask whether they can accept these over time. If they practice this now with college, perhaps they will learn important lessons about romanticizing life and relationships.
(Correction: Decision day is May 1st, not April 1st as an earlier version of this said.)
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It was June 1953 when 27-year-old Princess Elizabeth ascended to the throne and became the Queen of England and ruler of much of the free world. With over 23,000 days on the throne under her belt, Queen Elizabeth II has now commemorated her Silver, Golden, Diamond and Sapphire Jubilees, becoming Britain’s longest reigning monarch. During her 65 years in power, she has used her wardrobe to convey an image of a stately world leader and was aided – to this end – by two couturiers in particular: Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies. Hartnell was the designer commissioned to create her coronation and wedding gowns and many of the shimmering satin confections that she wore to glamorous state occasions, while Amies primarily took care of Her Majesty’s daytime wardrobe. Over the years, the Queen has become famous for wearing bright, block colours, pearl necklaces, pristine white gloves, headscarves and plaid skirts. Now her style is iconic, with her Launer handbags instantly recognisable and synonymous with her and Dolce & Gabbana basing an entire collection around her signature looks. Look back at the amazing fashion history of Queen Elizabeth II below.