A few words about ATTITUDE – GOOD and BAD.
| If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.
~ Vince Lombardi
For ages I’ve been juicing. At first with a blender, then a George Foreman and finally a Vitamix. Then for no valid reason I took a break from juicing with the intention of getting back to it real soon. There’s something healthily satisfying about a morning routine of downing a concoction of fresh fruit and veggies. I’ve been told so many things over the years about the correct and incorrect way to juice properly to reap all the benefits. Someone told me years ago that I better drink up within the first 15 minutes otherwise all the vitamins will evaporate. Here’s answers to a few questions of late:
Does juice have to be consumed right away?
Answer: Stored in an airtight container, I’m now told that juice can be kept for up to three days. You can even make it the night before (although I prefer first thing in the morning) and have it for breakfast, or take it to work the next day.
What to do with all that pulp?
Answer: For every serving of juice, you get up to four cups of pulp. Right now I no longer worry about this as the Vitamix tends to process all of the pulp which is the main reason I bought it (also to make sorbets), so don’t just toss it – it may not look appealing, but it contains a lot of fibre and flavour. Try adding carrot, zucchini, beet or ginger pulp to muffins for a nutritious boost, or cucumber pulp to a veggie dip. You can even toss frozen pulp (I’ve frozen it in ice cube trays) into soups and stews.
Should you peel your produce first?
Answer: It’s best to leave peel on for most produce (especially organic) because that’s where a lot of the nutrients thrive. Did you know that the flavonoids found in apple peel can help with weight loss?
Answer: Blenders are great for making smoothies – not so much for making juice. A juicer is designed to extract and separate the liquid from the pulp of fruits and vegetables. A blender, on the other hand, will purée the entire mix.
What else should you incorporate with your juice?
Answer: How about fresh herbs? Toss immune-boosting garlic into a savoury veggie juice, or add basil or parsley for extra flavour. Or, fresh spices…a thumb-sized chunk of ginger root is a great way to add flavour while giving your immune system a quick pick-me-up. Fresh turmeric and cinnamon help with digestion. Chia Seeds – these omega-3-rich seeds don’t look like much dry, but when added to juice they absorb the liquid and become plump and full of flavour. Toss a couple of Tablespoons in for extra crunch.
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What would I wear to go shopping in a place like this?
Paris Fashion Week – CHANEL goes grocery shopping with boxes of “Tweed Tea“, “Water” (Eau de Chanel N°0) and even “COCOChoco” Cereal amongst the creative & humorous packaging.at its very own shopping centre.
Karl Lagerfeld is a genius. He comes up with the most exceptional fashion show extravaganzas every single time.
The Fall/Winter 2014-2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection show for the French fashion house was held at the Grand Palais and transformed into a “Chanel Shopping Center” during Paris Fashion Week on March 4, 2014. Pure luxury in the form of shopping for groceries.
A Catwalk down the grocery aisles:
A girl can dream…
What the product claims to do:
It’s a unique, ultra-rich whole-body cream that deeply hydrates, restores and protects your skin. This product helps maintain skin’s natural balance thanks to its potent plant extracts. It moisturizes and soothes skin all over the body, especially dry areas like knees, elbows and feet. I’ve even used it on my face at times.
What I liked about this product:
Loved the indulgent moisture this deeply hydrating natural cream (there’s a lotion too) provides and the smell.
I would recommend this product for:
women who are natural product junkies. It feels great knowing that your lotion is made up of safe ingredients! Also, anyone who needs a deep hydrating formula for their dry skin.
What’s in it?
Stubborn dryness on elbows, hands and feet are moisturized and conditioned with the essential fatty acids and vitamin E in organic sunflower seed oil. Organic pansy is known for its mild antiseptic properties that calm dry irritation. Soothing rosemary leaf extract’s mild antiseptic properties and the anti-inflammatory properties of organic calendula flower extract gently nourish and care for your skin. Deeply moisturized and protected, your skin looks soft and supple with a healthy glow. It’s your recommended daily allowance of radiance, and it’s just what you and your skin are craving. Key Ingredient Pansy (Viola Tricolor) Extract
But is it really POSH enough for her?
She may be a well-known devotee of facials made from sheep placenta and gold flakes and be the proud owner of one of the largest Hermes bag collections, but Victoria Beckham has proven she’s a down-to-earth girl at heart with her latest revelation. The former Spice Girl, known for her immaculate style and beauty look, has revealed one of her secret beauty weapons; Skin Food by Weleda.
Adele, Alexa Chung, Rihanna, Peaches (and cream?) Geldof, Helena Christiensen, and Erin O’Connor are also fans of the bargain beauty product.
because people like to know who else, besides me is using the products I recommend.
RENAISSANCE: 15th Century Is Making A Come Back.
That’s refreshing because I completely missed the era and it’s so unlike fashion from the 60′s, 70′s & 80′s.
Like Renaissance art, look feminine and romantic with opulent embellishments and elaborate prints (think upholstery patterns & textures).
I love the lavishness of it, especially after wearing neutrals all Fall/Winter. It’s great as long as only a little bit is incorporated into your wardrobe at a time. Of course the runway is always more detailed but you can include a piece like a decorative jacket (I’ll get out my David Meister brocade) or even an ornate neck piece to jazz up an outfit. My full length opera coat would be perfect but I’m still not sure about wearing it in a city where people wear jeans to an actual opera. Hey, maybe it would look great with jeans!
Other designs featuring renaissance looks are found at Dolce & Gabbana (no surprise here) and Alexander McQueen.
Palette: eggnog, pale gold, peach, pastel blue, plum, brick reds
Materials: Velvet, lace, pearls, golden details, embroidery.
What do you think? Love it or Leave it?
Last summer two friends
insistedrequested I make this as part of their birthday brunch. Baked rather than cooked on the stove top, these Dutch pancakes emerge from the oven puffed up like balloons and then quickly deflate, making for a dramatic presentation at the table. Rich and eggy, with just a hint of lemon zest, they’re the perfect foil for sweet, fresh blueberries – preferably wild. I adapted this from Martha Stewart Living replacing whole milk with buttermilk, using maple sugar (or coconut) in place of granulated sugar and adding a tsp. of pure vanilla extract to the mix. It’s not overly sweet. When serving, a few extra blueberries and a sprinkling of icing sugar on top make for a nice presentation. Don’t leave out the maple syrup.
To make four individual pancakes, you will need four little cast-iron skillets, 6 1/4 inches to 6 1/2 inches in diameter. You can use one 12-inch cast-iron skillet instead; it will take about 20 minutes to bake. If you’re able to get them, the little ones make a nice personal touch.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Blend together eggs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and salt in a blender.
Heat either one 12 inch or four 6 1/4- to 6 1/2-inch cast-iron skillets over high heat. Divide butter among them, and melt. Divide batter among them, then scatter with berries. Bake until puffed and cooked through and tops are set, 15 to 20 minutes. Top with berries, and sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar. Serve immediately.
If you love regular pancakes and crepes you should try making this for something a bit more unusual.
Willem de Kooning (April 24, 1904 – March 19, 1997) was a Dutch American born in Rotterdam, Netherlands who was widely considered to be among the most important and prolific artists of the 20th century.
His pictures typify the vigorous gestural style of the movement and he, perhaps, did more than any other of his contemporaries to develop a radically abstract style of paining that used Cubism, Surrealism and Expressionism. Although he established his reputation with a series of entirely abstract pictures, he felt a strong pull towards traditional subjects and would eventually become most famous for his pictures of women, which he painted in spells throughout his life. Later he turned to landscapes, which were also highly acclaimed, and which he continued to paint even into his eighties, when his mind was significantly impaired by Alzheimer’s disease.
He possessed the polished techniques of painters in the New York School, one that compares to that of the Old Masters, and he looked to the likes of Ingres, Rubens and Rembrandt for inspiration. De Kooning’s influence on painters remains important even to this day, particularly those attracted to gestural styles; the highly abstract and erotic work of prominent 1990s painter Cecily Brown is inconceivable without his example.
“I’m not interested in ‘abstracting’ or taking things out or reducing painting to design, form, line, and color. I paint this way because I can keep putting more things in it � drama, anger, pain, love, a figure, a horse, my ideas about space. Through your eyes it again becomes an emotion or idea.” – de Kooning
Taken from: http://www.theartstory.org
Leave trends to the fashion industry – Trends come and go, and when you’re talking about changing a pair of jeans, or buying a new dress, that’s fine, but where your brand identity is concerned, longevity is key. Don’t follow the pack. Stand out. ~ David Airey
I like to work first in black and white to ensure that the logo will look good in its simplest form. Color is very subjective and emotional. This can distract from the overall design – say if you saw your logo in all red, that color may be the first thing that you respond to and not the composition of the design elements. I will not even consider submitting color suggestions to a client for review until they have signed off on a final black and white logo. ~ Patrick Winfield
Should a logo be self-explanatory? It is only by association with a product, a service, a business, or a corporation that a logo takes on any real meaning. A logo derives its meaning and usefulness from the quality of that which it symbolizes. If a company is second rate, the logo will eventually be perceived as second rate. It is foolhardy to believe that a logo will do its job immediately, before an audience has been properly conditioned. ~ Paul Rand
We’ve all done it: overdosed on movie theater popcorn or pizza and woken up the next morning feeling bloated but what you don’t realize is that a sprinkling of pimples a few weeks later can be traced back to your onetime indiscretion.
Now, armed with new research on the biochemical processes of digestion, scientists, clinicians, and dermatologists are revisiting the idea that a healthy diet is the key to a glowing, acne-free complexion. Save face by eating right. Here, experts tell us what foods to eat for a flawless visage.Be IN THE CLEAR:
Move over, MILK: the mix of growth hormones, proteins, and testosterone precursors like 5-alpha-androstanedione – the stuff that makes it an effective growth agent for babies – can tamper with adults’ hormone levels, which critics argue leads to acne and health problems like diabetes. The reason? Milk bumps up cell proliferation and sebum production, resulting in clogged pores. If you’re acne prone, Danby advises avoiding milk for at least six months, and trying unsweetened vitamin D – supplemented almond, rice, coconut, hemp or soy milks instead. I prefer a mix of almond & coconut with granola/ cereal.
Skip Starchy Carbs: Refined carbs increase insulin secretion, which is thought to promote acne by helping testosterone clog pores and ramp up oil gland secretion. An occasional croissant won’t hurt, but eat processed carbs daily and you’ll notice problems. So swap your lunchtime sandwich for a leafy green and lean protein.
Fill up on Fruit: Experts say that acne is a disease of post-industrial Westerners: In countries where natives eat just fruits, vegetables, nuts, and lean proteins, it hardly exists, thanks in part to the population’s low levels of free radicals and high concentrations of antioxidants. We’ve heard about the connection between free radicals and wrinkles, but a 2012 study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology found that oxidative stress, or damaging cellular activity, in pores allows acne-causing bacteria to flourish. When cravings hit, try eating produce and drink green tea for its free-radical busting polyphenols.
Go with your Gut: Your skin and digestive tract are linked, says cardiologist and cleanse expert Dr. Alejandro Junger, author of the best-selling book Clean; your facial skin merges with your lips and mouth, which connect the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. ”If you want beautiful skin,” says Junger, “you need a beautiful gut.” Take a probiotic daily to replenish healthy bacteria, like Lactobacillus acidophilus, or add natural sources, like tempeh, into your diet.
Get Fishy: The heart and brain health benefits of Omega-3 fatty acid DHA found in salmon, haddock, and sardines have gotten lots of attention. But according to a study published in the journal of Lipids in Health and Disease, another fatty acid, EPA, seems to inhibit pro-inflammatory compounds, like prostaglandins, which can act as a “starter gun” for acne. Aim for 6 ounces of fish a week, says naturopathic physician Dr. Alan Logan, co-author of Clear Skin Diet.
Credit: Joanne Chen for Marie Claire Beauty
Have you ever wondered what makes a logo special? A good logo takes time to come up with. It must be distinctive, appropriate, practical, graphic, simple in form and convey an intended message. I hope that I’ve been able to express all of that in my logos.
There are five principles that you should follow to ensure that this is so…
A simple logo design allows for easy recognition and allows the logo to be versatile & memorable. Good logos feature something unique without being overdrawn.
The “Intrigue Imports” logo symbolizes two greek style columns which signify a treasury of intriguing items within the space – a sacred enclosure for goddesses – (a shopping website filled with pretty & essential bits and pieces). The red circle represents a globe (aka the world wide web.)
Blog logo: I’m Female, my last name is KING, I like to RULE! – Anything else? http://IntrigueImports.Wordpress.com
Following closely behind the principle of simplicity, is that of memorability. An effective logo design should be memorable and this is achieved by having a simple, yet, appropriate logo.
An effective logo should be timeless – that is, it will endure the ages. Will the logo still be effective in 10, 20, 50 years?
Probably the best example of a timeless logo is the Coca-Cola logo… if you compare it to the Pepsi logo, you can see just how effective creating a timeless logo can be. Notice how the Coca Cola logo has barely changed since 1885? That is timeless design.
One way around creating a versatile logo is to begin designing in black and white only. This allows one to focus on the concept and shape, rather than the subjective nature of colour. One must also remember printing costs – the more colors used, the more expensive it will be for the business over the long term. An effective logo should be able to work across a variety of mediums and applications. The logo should be functional. For this reason a logo should be designed in vector format, to ensure that it can be scaled to any size. The logo should be able to work both in horizontal and vertical formats.
How you position the logo should be appropriate for its intended purpose. For example, if you are designing a logo for children’s toys store, it would be appropriate to use a childish font & colour scheme. This would not be so appropriate for a law firm.
It is also important to state that a logo doesn’t need to show what a business sells or offers as a service. ie. Car logos don’t need to show cars, computer logos don’t need to show computers. The Harley Davidson logo isn’t a motorcycle, nor is the Nokia logo a mobile phone. A logo is purely for identification. For further evidence of this, take the top 50 brands of the world – 94% of the logos do not describe what the company does.
Things you may not have noticed before:
This is the FedEx logo, it is quite common. What’s so interesting about it? Look at the E and the small X, you are now noticing the arrow inbetween the E and the X. Then look over at the word Fed, if you look at the small E, you see a spoon. You’re’ being “Fed,” get it?
According to the ‘Top 100 Global Brands Scoreboard’ the top 50 brands & logo designs in the world are, in ranking order:
Coca-Cola, Microsoft, IBM, GE, Intel, Nokia, Walt Disney, McDonald’s, Toyota, Marlboro, Mercedes-Benz, Citi, Hewlett-Packard, American Express, Gillette, BMW, Cisco, Louis Vuitton, Honda, Samsung, Dell, Ford, Pepsi, Nescafé, Merrill Lynch, Budweiser, Oracle, Sony, HSBC, Nike, Pfizer, UPS, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan, Canon, SAP, Goldman Sachs, Google, Kellogg’s, Gap, Apple, Ikea, Novartis, UBS, Siemens, Harley-Davidson, Heinz, MTV, Gucci and Nintendo.
Credit: JustCreative.com Jacob Cass does personal branding. He is responsible for the graphic art on Jerry Seinfeld’s show “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” – an excellent web series.
How NOT TO Design a LOGO: http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/01/how-not-to-design-a-logo/