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    Miarte: By Sonia Kyriazopoulos

    I love anything creative, Art to me takes many forms, you’re never too old to express your artistic flair.

    Tell me about yourself and art?

    I’ve always had a passion for all forms of art, such as, cooking, interior decorating, gardening, jewellery making, and just anything that requires artistic expression.

    Why art?

    Apart from it being extremely therapeutic, I enjoy art immensely and it’s always brought out a positive feeling within me.

    Where do you think your creativity comes from?

    I don’t think my creativity comes from any certain thing, I believe I was always destined to express myself artistically.

    What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?

    The strongest memory, I relive daily, is a place I would go to that I would always feel safe at and it would always have a meditative effect on me. I would sit under an umbrella tree (Schefflera Actinophylla plant) and be covered from head to toe in green tree frogs, for what felt like hours, whilst living in Brisbane my birth town.

    What art do you most identify with?

    I would have to say I most identify with painting on canvas with acrylic paints.

    If we were going to talk about your art, where would you want to start?

    I would start with the way art makes me feel and how passion driven I am to achieve my artistic goals.

    Do you own your own gallery?

    No, but it’s always been a dream of mine to exhibit my work in art galleries.

    What role does the artist have in society?

    I believe an artists role is to express an emotion, a feeling, a thought, and to release a piece of who they are, and share that with society.

    What’s your favourite artwork?

    I believe an artists role is to express an emotion, a feeling, a thought, and to release a piece of who they are, and share that with society.

           

    What is your artistic outlook on life?

    Life is an artistic expression of thought that we manifest into our reality.

    If there were one dead artist that you could hang out with for a day, who would that be?

    Claude Monet

    If there were a magic power you could use in your art making, what would it be?

    That’s a hard question in itself, but I believe that art creates its own magical experience within us all.

                  

    What moves you most in life, either to inspire or upset you?

    My determination and aspirations to reach, each and every one of my goals.

    Where do you feel art is going? 

    I feel art is going in the direction of shaping the world.

         

    How do you feel when you are letting your emotions lose on the canvas?

    I feel art is going in the direction of shaping the world.

    who are some of the artist you’ve been influenced by or inspired by?

    A family friend in Spain, who was a self-taught, very talented artist who inspired me greatly, from the age of 9, (Jos Luis Valverde).

                      

    where can your art be bought?

    Through my Instagram @mi_art_bysonia.

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    Kommando : DJ Extraordinaire

     

    DJs play music records at events or parties and also broadcast music on the radio. A DJ will play multiple music genres, from jazz and classic rock to rap and hip-hop. Typical responsibilities of a DJ include creating playlists, mixing music tracks, interacting with the public, taking song requests, doing interviews, and taking part in promotional activities. meet DJ extraordinaire who has an Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, Knowledge of musical trends, up to date with current events, A clear speaking voice and self-confidence.

              

    Tell me about yourself?

    Well, I can only say that music is my life.. is my oxygen and without it I would die.

    In my childhood I studied piano, drums and guitar in some Academies here in Tuscany before to get in touch with the electronic music.

    Namely solfeggio, music theory and a lot of other stuff that would seems boring.

    I attended a high school called “Liceo Scientifico” where the main subjects were Maths, Science and Physics.

    I was born in a little town in Tuscany called Montevarchi in 1997 and I’m lucky because I’m very close to Florence, one of the best cities in the world from my point of view.. because of the art and the opportunities.

    I love music, I listen from Mozart to AC/DC and it’s very difficult for me choosing a favourite genre.

    I’m very quite and sociable but when there’s music I dance like “nobody’s watching” and the whole world around me cease to exist.

     

    When did you start DJing – and what or who were your early passions and influences?

     

    I started DJing when I was 11, I bought my first console and it was kind of toy where I practiced.

    I was a child with a great passion for the music, the parties and the fun, so I started with some friends of mine to organize my first homemade parties.. with me as the DJ obviously.

    After a while I began to become quite famous in my zone for these “rave” and from there it started my DJ carreer.

    So.. no influences, just the the desire to have fun and share music.

    How do you stay updated on the current trends?

    I don’t follow the trends, I know what I like and I don’t change my style just because the business demands it. Obviously I stay updated everyday with the music’s world following and checking a lot of labels, sites and thousands releases.

     

    What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic career?

     I finally released my first EP of two tracks for an important label, I think that is the most incisive moment of my artistic career because I have the opportunity to share my music with the world.

    It will be in every digital music store where you can buy it supporting me.

    I’m so excited and proud of this step because I have the chance to be noticed by other labels and by other producers, maybe someone important with which start a project together.

     

    What makes you decide to play a particular record during one of your sets? Is there a criteria other than pure subjectivity, for selecting what to play at a gig?

     There isn’t a real rule that makes me decide what to play, a good DJ in my opinion must be a great observer.

    He must first of all pay attention to the dance floor, for example if he see that the majority of people don’t dance or are sitting, maybe he has to change genre or to play something different.

    Instead if you are “big”, people will listen to your set always dancing because they have paid to listen to you, it will be you who will drive the crowd.

    A simple rule it would be that tracks have to be played with rising bpm, up to the famous 128 but it’s not so true.

    What is your favourite colour?

     I don’t think to have a favourite colour but I like black, green and blue very much.

         

    How would you describe your personal style?

     As I said I listen everything and I play everything too, but my sets are mainly house, tech house and techno.

    I very like to be dark with the music but one of my flaws, if I can call it like that, is that I get bored quickly by a track so.. fast mixes and when it’s allowed “death to genres” that is, as it’s easily understood, a big mixes of genres in just one set.

    This kind of gig happen when I want to have fun with the crowd, but I’m a techno DJ/Producer so in real sets I play techno

     

    What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a DJ? As an attendee?

    I’ve been to many concerts and live exhibitions, but the most memorable set I’ve listened to is Crookers one. He’s one of my favourite producers and one of the best in Italy in my opinion. He has an own style that nobody can copy.

    As a DJ one of my best night it’s been at “Spiagge Bianche” in Tuscany, the biggest party of Italy.

    A beach party with 60 thousand people with the animation of “Circo Nero”, a long crazy night.

     

    What is one mistake you see a lot of up and coming DJs making?

     The worst mistake that I see in aspiring DJs is that they don’t have musical culture.

    To do this job you must love music and you have to know at least something of all.

    You can’t play a track or a sound without knowing where it comes from, you can’t listen to techno without listening to rock but this is just one my opinion.

     

    What advice would you give to aspiring DJs?

    The best advice that I can give to them is to be curious, experiment, buy vinyl and stay hours, days listening to music. Strive to listen to all genres and learn from the best, just like this you could be like them.

             

     If you could eternally be stuck in one year’s music scene, which year would it be?

    I don’t know exactly but maybe I would have had big fun in 20’s with swing, blues and jazz.

    I just love that kind of music.

     

    What is one subgenre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?

    From my point of view one subgenre that doesn’t get the attention it deserves is Fidget House.

    Fidget it’s a house music genre that incorporates some elements of breakbeat and UK garage, it’s closely linked to Italy because the most important artists come from there but it’s amazing and not everyone knows it.

    You’ll love it.

     

    What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?

    I think that “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen is timeless. One of the finest masterpieces in human history.

     

    If you had the power to erase & abolish one musical genre — which one would you abolish for all eternity?

    Certainly Big Room, it’s annoying very often.

     

    What is one track that got popular that you can’t stand?

    Certainly Big Room, it’s annoying very often.

     

    What is the best part of life as a deejay?

    The best part is share your music with other people, have fun with them, transmit something that will remain. They are too strong emotions that cannot be explained by words.


    What is the worst part about DJing?

    The worst part is that very often I’m alone, I have to travel a lot and not always friends are willing to follow you. I think that don’t share your emotions with people who you love is the worst thing, but we can’t do anything about.

                                      

    Who would you love to DJ with?

    Daft Punk. Just music’s gods.


    What has been your best show?

    One of my best shows was at a secret party that I organized, the crowd was incredible because they had such a beautiful energy that I wanted that the party would never end.

    It happened other millions times to feel these emotions, but at that party everything was amplified, I had goose bumps.


    Where do you find the best audiences?
    I think that the best audiences can be founded in small clubs, it’s not always true but if you play in a famous club or at a festival there will be a lot of people in front of you.. and a lot of them aren’t there just for you. So when you play into a small reality very probably people are there for you and will appreciate more the music that you’ll propose to them.

    What has been your worst show?

     I wouldn’t say exactly the worst show because whenever I play I have a lot of fun and when I’m with music every show is great.. but I’d say the worst experience. When I was very young I organized a big Halloween party with so many people and exactly in the middle of that the speakers stopped working.

    Just as people were having fun I had to stop and close everything, what a shame.. I hope no one remember it.

            

    How is your love life?

    My love life is finally great, after a lot of disappointments I’ve found a beautiful girl with which I feel very well. We’ve been together for almost a year and she helps me a lot with my job and music.

    Which other countries have you played/put parties on?

     I’ve played in Spain, France, Netherlands and all around Italy. This year I’m going to play in Greece, Croatia and I’m planning some dates In India and Japan.

    What was the first event you ever played at/put on?

     My first real event was a New Year’s party in 2011, from my bedroom to one thousand people in front of me.

    An incredible experience that makes me understand what I wanted to do in my life

     

    What was your first record you bought?

    I’m not very sure but one of the first records that I bought was “World, Hold On” by Bob Sinclar.

    Amazing track.

                

    Out of all the tunes you have, which one ‘never fails?’

     I think one of the best tracks that makes the crowd go crazy is “Heads Above” remixed by Maceo Plex, it never fails.

    When all the partying is over how do you like to chill out?

    Usually I stay with my friends talking about the party that we have just made. It’s one of the part of the event that I prefer because we exchange opinions, ideas, and we laugh a lot especially if I’ve rocked.

             

    Funniest thing that ever happened at an event?

    There are so many funny things that happen every time at an event, but I remember that I was playing in one of my sets and while the track was going it stopped suddenly. Immediately I thought that there were a problem with the console or something like that and I started to panic because this kind of problems are the worst while you’re playing, especially for the audiences.

    After 5 seconds of total concern I realized that the technician next to me had pressed accidentally the pause/play button of the console, so with a rapid movement of my hand I pressed the same button and the track resumed playing.

           

    Sometimes I’m so pessimistic that I always think to worst when I had to do only one thing.

    Now I laugh at this story but I passed a very bad minute that night.

    what are your goals for 2018?

    I’m very happy and satisfied of what I’ve done in this 2016, but the goals for 2017 are to play and produce a lot, know new people and fans, becoming more and more known and grow as artist.

                                                                  Instagram @kommandofficial

     

     

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    3 tips to differentiate between formal shoes and casual shoes

    Shoes for women are extremely simple to distinguish from formal to casual whereas, for men on the other hand since the choices are limited, men tend to wear casuals on formal occasions and vice versa.
    If you have also been there and faced such circumstances, it is now time to be enlightened about the top differences between formal shoes and casual shoes for formal events!

    Difference 1: The Brogueing and Decoration
    It is
    self-explanatory that formals should be more decorated than ordinary casuals, and it is exactly like that. If you want to judge if a pair of shoe falls under the formal or the casual category, check out the Brogueing on it. While some fashion trends highlighted how Brogueing was paired with the casual look, nonetheless in today’s fashion trend, the Brogueing and decorativeness are all about formals!

    Hence if you find a classic black shoe pair with a Brogueing fashion on the tip and the sides, consider it a formal shoe!

    Difference 2: Shape of the Toe and Laces
    The shape of the shoe matters as much as other factors do.
    The shape is one of the most crucial aspects when it comes to judging it. If shoes have a pointed, elongated structure, they are explicitly formal shoes. While most men prefer square shoes or round-toed shoes, it doesn’t mean all the formal shoes need to be pointy and edgy.

    Every man has a different foot structure and there are many shoes to cater to their needs. However, if it comes to differentiating between formals and casuals, formals mostly have pointed toes.

    As for laces, it is an unmistakable fact that laced up leather shoes will pair better with a suit compared to causal ripped jeans! However, laced up sneakers are completely casual, hence don’t be confused with laces.

    Difference 3: Texture and Colors
    Yes! The texture as well as the
    colour matters. Our fashion trends have taken a toll on us and are introducing complete out-of-the-box ideas. While the uniqueness should be praised, the fact is that vibrant shoe colours really don’t suit men when paired with dull coloured dress suits! Hence, follow the norm and stick to classic blacks and browns for formal occasions.

    On the other hand, men can always flaunt some style by choosing coloured shoes in the causal section. The recent trend has allowed men to walk in reds, greens, blues and even neons.

    As for texture, leather is the father of men’s shoes! Leather is and will always be regarded as formal, while suede and velvet will only be categorized as semi-formal. Leather, whether shiny or matte, will compliment all sorts of dress suits. There are however a lot of qualities and styles of leather. If you want to go for something unique, go for alligator or ostrich skin!

     

    Telling the difference between both the categories can be confusing sometimes, however, with our 3 basic tips, you can surely distinguish black from white easily!

     

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    BECAWAX : LOCALLY MADE AND SOURCED AFRICAN DESIGNS

     

    BECAWAX is a fashion brand with the major focus on African creativity. We make use of African fabrics( Ankara, aso-oke, Kente, Adire) to make all kind of wears which includes bags, footwear, clothes, accessories.

    Our products are handmade with locally sourced original raw materials. These products include bags ranging from different sizes and types. We have the Tote bags which comes in 2 sizes, The large tote (44 by 50cm) and the Medium tote bag (35 by 44cm). We also have the bucket bags which come in 3 sizes, The classic, The Midi and the Mini.

    We have the cross body and the backpacks, we also have laptop sleeves and male bags. Our products also include female wears (we are looking forward to expanding our horizons to the male wears. Funds is our main constraint)

    We also have notepads (100-150 leaves), and footwear ranging from sneakers, slip on shoes and sandals. Our target market is women, men, students, working class citizens, in a nutshell, everyone who appreciates African culture.

    Compared with our competitors, the quality of our products and unique finish are superb, the prices of our products are also jaw-dropping.

    We make our products so unique that whenever you wear them people stop and stare. They are also durable. I have customers who still use the products gotten from us since last year till date and it’s still in perfect condition.

    Instagram@becawax

    for investment and support please contact becawax on +2348064061786 (calls and WhatsApp).

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    Toyin Balogun : Surviving Burns And Living Life To The Fullest.

    Toyin Balogun has aimed to inspire others with her experience,” at the end of the tunnel there can still be light, being alive means I still have a purpose, I never thought I would survive my burn and come out stronger. no matter what that situation is, no matter what you are going through, hold on, there is still hope. I hope my story is would inspire you and give you a glimpse of ‘living’. 
    Please tell me about yourself?
     
    My name is Toyin Balogun. I am from Oyo state. A public servant and a believer in Christ.I am a daughter, a sister to the most amazing and supportive family ever. 
     
    Tell me what happened to you on March 21st, 2016
     
     I was involved in a gas explosion accident on the 21st of March, 2016, at a rented apartment where everything including the 2 security doors, POP, burglary proof window, the wardrobe, the walls were destroyed. I was admitted in the hospital for a month at National Hospital at the Burn Centre Intensive care unit. I sustained 35% burns on my face, upper and lower limbs (that is my arms, legs, thighs). 
     
    Can you talk about your accident and your experience in the hospital?
     
    While at the hospital, we were told, 90% people even with less percentage of burns even after spending millions to save the patient; don’t survive gas explosion; so we should be prayerful. However during my stay at the Hospital, with God’s help through the doctors and through intercession from the church, family and colleagues, I knew God has will surely heal me. And true to their words, I saw many victims of the fire accident that were brought in the same time as mine; pass away. That was the real fear.
     
    What are some of the emotional challenges you have faced?
     I was traumatized and in shock. And I was Hallucinating most of the time. Fuzzy-headed and couldn’t even remember most things like passwords to my account and other details. I had to see a therapist who told me how to relax and breathe into a paper bag (hyperventilate) anytime I am feeling anxious. Then for a long time, I had those awful nightmares and flashbacks which either left me in tears or left me shaking. The doctors were worried I was slipping into depression at some point because I was always frowning and little sound sets me off and I get afraid of little things. I was able to slip out of this phase by speaking to a therapist which didn’t do much. Breathing into a paper bag did little to calm me down. What helped me most at this time was listening to the word of God through Pastor Chris messages. The one I remember most of the message is Audacity of faith. I so much played that tape until I was no more afraid but became bold. I started speaking God’s word concerning health, healing and the likes. Also, the support I got from my church, colleagues and family friend who interceded for me in prayers and through giving gave me the strength to stay alive.
     
    How has the experience changed your life?
     
    I have to say that it has made me much more closer to God in the aspect that the devil came for my life but God saved and healed me. The funny thing was that I had a premonition of the accident. I just didn’t know it was going to be so Life changing. My doctor once asked me what has after the accident and I told her “Everything”. My perspective and priority shifted after the accident. The world seems smaller. I was given another chance to live. The experience has definitely changed my choice of clothing and my diet.
                                               
     
    What motivates you?
    So far, the love God has for me has been what gives me the courage to go on. Believe me when I said there are times when I had suicidal thoughts even months after the accident. I will be like, I can’t continue living like this with all these body pains, itching and the scars. I was permanently on painkillers and antihistamines every day for almost a year. Then God healed me of the pain I used to feel when my pastor prayed for me. I didn’t feel the pain anymore. The hospital used to tell me that with time, the pain will reduce. Either that or I should learn to live with the pain if I love my kidney. I told myself I cannot continue to live like that. I have had doctors even preach to me that they are just doing their Jobs as the doctor but God is the ultimate healer. All these worked for me. My family, church, friends, and colleagues encouraged me but God was the one that kept me going. I felt his liquid love more than ever before in my life. It could only be him that I am alive. He had mercy on me and gave me another chance.
     
    Where are you from
    I am from Ogbomoso, Oyo State
     
     What do you do to live a balanced life after your burn?
     
    I still have little itches and still on the recovery path. But I thank God that they are steady recovery, however slow. This accident has taught me the art of patience. The word, “Time heals all wound” has basically been my key point. So I am allowing time run its course in my healing process. I try to go out in the evenings only because sun rays irritate my scarred skin and may cause severe itching. There was a time I couldn’t even sit because it will be like they poured devil beans on my body, I had to lie down before the itching subsides but now I can comfortably stay in the kitchen and make a meal for myself; with little itching though. I also go to the church to hear from God concerning my situation. These words come to mind. “My light affliction which is just for a moment worketh for me an eternal weight of glory. For I do not look at things (scarred body and itching) which are seen but at things which are not seen. For the things which are seen is temporary (it will go away) but the things which are not seen are eternal”. God always speaks to me through a different medium and God’s spirit comforts me whenever I feel down. The grace of Jesus has been my sufficiency when I feel down. And resuming work did a lot for me because I have the most amazingly supportive Boss (Dr Nairu Zakariya) and colleagues. They are there 100% all the way from National Hospital to when I was transferred to Ibadan even up till now that I resumed duties. God bless them.
     
     
    What is one thing your readers would be surprised to hear?
     
     I added lots of weight (20kg) after the accident because they kept putting me on diets that will aid my healing process. I used to eat 9eggs every day, drink complain drink.. just basically protein, fruit and vegetables. Then when I did a bit of physiotherapy because I had contracture issues. By the time I was healed, I was 80kg. Its been so hard shedding off the weight as I am still on my healing journey even after a year. What people don’t know is that it takes 1 second to destroy and years to build up. Time has been a dependable friend in my journey and no one understands that. All people see is that it’s a year plus after, why are you still 75kg and scarred up. Up till now, I still do follow-up checkup to my consultant on an out-patient basis.
     
    Who has influenced you the most?
     
     My mum influenced me a lot and my pastors. I allowed her to take total control of my healing process. She was strong 100% for me. Whenever I see her beginning to break down, I man-up and help her feel that you are doing a great Job. Family is everything! Even if I was in pain, I will try my best to make little of it just to encourage her because the worst pain a mother can go through is seeing her child that she trained up to become adult learn how to walk all over again, deal with pain and go through the challenges I went through. My sister also became my Life coach, always preaching to me, encouraging and praying for me.
     
    What are your ideals?
     I am an honest person and I love God. I basically work towards bettering my relationship with God and improving on myself as a person.
     
    How would you describe your personal style?
     I always liked trousers growing up but when I became an adult, I settled to wearing knee length or above the knee length dresses. Now, Its back to long flowy dresses or loose trouser. I remember telling a friend teary-eyed that so I won’t be able to wear knee-length gowns again..but she assured me that I can still look “fly” with long dresses.


    What are your hobbies?
     I am an introvert but I love swimming, gymming and sleeping. I laughed so much when my sister sent me a picture of a swimming trunk that sportswomen that swim professionally use. She was like, don’t worry TY, you can still swim.
     
    Heels or flats?
     I used to wear heels but now, I wear flats.. but sometimes I rock my heels but careful not to injure my healing scars.
     
    Pants or dresses?
    Right now, I am comfortable in long flowing dress 

    What Challenges have you faced being a Burn Survivor?
    Body pain, itching, Scar contracture by my elbows and knees, Staring from people, And people feeling pity and all. Up until now, If I see anyone I haven’t seen before the accident, I break down in tears. But I have to say the tears, pain and all made me a stronger and more outspoken person. Then there are some mean people who believe being obnoxious and talking ignorantly is the best way to go about communicating my pain to me. I just smile and let it be in such cases.
     
    What is the biggest “gift” of this experience?
    The gift of life. When the accident happened, I knew I had to live. All I had to think of was my family and loved ones.
     
    What’s the one way you celebrate your body every day?
    Occasionally, I do visit professional makeup artist from time to time and do a studio shoot.

    What is your philosophy about life?
    Live every day like it’s your last bearing in mind that there is an afterlife.

    Plans for the future?
    Impact my society, inspire burn survivors, Help with hospital bills, major humanitarian services because I believed God kept me for a purpose. Most importantly win souls. I also see myself going for reconstructive surgery, getting married, having kids and all. I also aim to be a philanthropist in future because I like to help the poor and broken people. I hope I have the ability for that when the time comes.
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    Adam Moore: Menswear And Men’s Fashion Blogging

    Adam Moore is a professional menswear blogger based in Australia, his style is exemplary and customized to the everyday corporate life. ”looking good for men should be the top priority on every man’s list. ”I love to look good and leave a mark on peoples mind about my outfit”.

    Please tell us a little about yourself?

    I am a 31-year-old Australian; I live in the Australian Capital Canberra with my beautiful wife and six-month-old son. Canberra is a small town compared to others, but I love the culture and the emerging fashion scene here, and I’m glad to be a part of it.
     
    How do you stay updated on the current trends?
    My primary source is the internet, primarily Instagram and I subscribe to a large number of men’s fashion blogs to try and keep up to date.
     
    At what age did you start becoming fascinated with fashion?
    I was a late bloomer regarding fashion; I only let myself become immersed in it in the last two years. Maybe getting older I started to appreciate the subtleties of men’s fashion.
    What inspired you to start your blog?
    There was not one thing that inspired me to start my page. However, I am constantly encouraged by followers and small brands who support me.
     
    What piece of clothing do you spend your money on the most?
    Suits.
     
    Why?
    For me, a suit is the item of clothing I spend the most time in, having something that fits perfectly and made of a material that breathes in both the summer and winter are essential.
     
    Who would you say is your number one fashion inspiration?
    I really can’t name one person. I have different inspirations for various styles, and I’m constantly on the lookout for inspiration.
     
    Do you read fashion magazines?
    If I am travelling or going to be without access to my favourite blogs, I’ll pick up a magazine to pass the time. My Australian favourites are GQ Australia or Men’s Style Magazine
     
    Do you think it is important for men to wear fashionable clothes?
    I believe it’s important to be confident if wearing fashionable clothes is the path for people to be more confident, I think everyone should do it.
     
    Which do you prefer bespoke or off the rack clothing?
    I wish I had the budget for bespoke. At the moment, I wear all made to measure suits as I, like everyone am not the average size. If you can’t afford made-to-measure, you should wear off the rack clothing and visit your friendly tailor often.
     
    How would you describe your blogging style?
    I like to show off my style which is more classic menswear and suiting, and I try to promote smaller Australian brands.
     
    Instagram or snap chat?
    I’m a massive fan of Instagram; I spend way to much time on the platform.
     
    What do you do in your spare time?
    I’m a dad with a six-month-old; I don’t think I have any spare time anymore. Any chance I get I am spending it with him and my wife.
     
    Do you wear jewellery?
    I always wear a watch. I’m not a fan of always using your phone to check the time. It doesn’t need to be the most expensive, but something that matches your style and your outfit at the time. I also wear my wedding ring but ordinarily not any other pieces of jewellery.
     
    What is your most valuable piece of jewellery?
    One of my watches. I have a fantastic watch from Australian watchmaker Melbourne Watch which is most likely my most expensive and my current favourite.
     
    What is one thing your readers would be surprised to hear?
    I wore braces up until about six months ago. I never had braces as a kid and felt self-conscious about my teeth. Getting them at a mature age was a significant decision, but my confidence has skyrocketed since.
     
    Have you met anyone interesting/famous on your blogging journey?
    No famous people yet but getting to meet a lot of the individuals who have the same interests as me at events is always exciting and reminds me why I enjoy doing it so much.
     
     
    What is the biggest difference in your life post-blogging?
    No real difference, but I do have days around the house when I am doing jobs and just being a father. I am usually in a pair of work boots, jeans and a flannel.
     
    Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?
    Blogging is just a hobby for me. I love fashion, but I don’t know if it will ever become more than just a hobby or if I would want it too.
     
    Do you think it is important to be in fashion?
    I believe it’s important to do what makes you happy, whether that’s working a blue-collar job, working in a law firm or being a stay at home parent.
     
    What are some of the strangest fashions you have seen?
    I’m not sure; I try to be open to everything knowing that not everything is going to suit my style, but there will be someone out there that it does.
     
    What colours do you think look good on you?
    I love the classic look of a navy or charcoal suit. I believe this classic style suits most men and I wear one whenever I need to feel confident.
     
    What kind of clothes are in men’s fashion now?
    For me, it’s classic suits. Double breasted or wide peak lapels. We are getting away from the slim cut; skinny tie fits of a few years ago. I’m also loving that Paisley is making a big resurgence.
     
    What kind of clothes do you usually wear?
     I spent at least forty hours a week in a suit so for me that what it is. That’s why I make sure they are good quality and comfortable. The same goes for my shoes.
     
    What’s the most expensive piece of clothing you have ever bought?
    Again it would be one of my suits; I don’t look for something that’s expensive I look for quality and also value for money.
     
    What’s your favourite colour of shoes?
     I love brown shoes. I think every man should probably have a plain black pair of shoes as their number one, but my next advice would find a brown pair you love.
     
    Fashion advise for men?
    Wear things that are comfortable and make you feel confident and good about yourself.
     
    Best fashion advice?
    Don’t wear something just because someone else does. Be inspired by people, but don’t try and copy them as it won’t always look as good on you as it does on them.
     
    Who takes the majority of your photos?
    That would be my wife with my son in tow never too far away.
     
    Do you often buy new clothes?
    I try to buy a few staple items at the end of a season or when I can find them at a good price. I try to avoid impulse buying unless I already know I have several outfits I can wear the piece with.
     
    How would you describe your personal style?
    Hopefully just classic and traditional men’s style.
     
    What would you say that is the greatest satisfaction of being a men’s wear fashion blogger? (Invitations to fashion events, interaction with people, gifts, etc.)
     
    Honestly, for me, it is getting to meet all sorts of individuals who share a passion. Sometimes I will have people DM me asking for advice on menswear, and it always feels good to help them out and give them the confidence in what they are wearing. 
    Instagram @adam_moore
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    Lovely Petite Dresses For Petite Women

    If you’re a petite woman, you know the struggles of trying to find a dress that will fit you perfectly. Decent petite dresses aren’t the easiest things to find and there’s a lot of work that goes into finding a truly flattering one. First of all, we have to find petite-friendly retailers. I’m not talking about just companies that carry smaller sizes, if it was that easy, we’d just shop at kids’ clothing stores. We need to find companies that cater to petite women, which means they have all the sizes but just tailored to petite proportions. That includes shorter dresses, with appropriately proportioned hems, waistlines and shoulders. To make your life a little easier, we’ve compiled a couple of petite dresses that look awesome on petite women.

    Kimchi Blue Surplice Petite Day Dress
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    Objects Without Meaning Petite Amber Dress
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    Parker Leona Petite Dress
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    Reformation Petite Como Dress
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    Reformation Petite Floral Dress
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    Petite Koa Dress
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    Petite Botanica Dress
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    Mesquite Two Piece that will look perfect on a petite woman
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    Petites Raquel Dress
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    Kate Spade Flirty Back Petite Dress
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    Multicolor Sleeveless Geometric Print Petite Maxi Dress
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    Asos Petite Rib Swing Sundress with Tape Trim
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    Petite Pinafore Dress in Ponte with Stripe
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     Petite Denim Skater Dress In Mid Blue Wash from Asos
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    Boohoo Petite Embroidered Maxi Dress
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     Little Mistress Petite Skater Dress
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    Petite Skater Dress with Cross Back
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    Petite Dress With Embellished Crop Top
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    Bright Young Floral Petite Skater Sundress
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       Petite Skater Dress With Lace Insert
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    Vero Moda Petite Maxi Dress
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    Jennifer + Daniel : Our Lives, Love and Blogging

     

     

    Please tell us a little about yourselves?

    We’ve been living in and around Chicago for the past decade or so. We’re recently married (going on 8 months!) and we started Everyday Urban shortly after that. We really wanted to start a creative endeavour together that would be a space to express ourselves in our free time. We also both love running. We’re currently training for a half marathon in the fall.

    How did you meet?

    We went to college together and both ran on the track and field team for 2 years. The funny thing is, that’s not how we met! It wasn’t until we both moved to downtown Chicago. Daniel had become close friends with my brother (they ended up roommates!) and we got to know each other as friends for a couple of years before any sparks started flying!

     

     

    Where are you from?

    Jennifer: From about an hour and half northwest of Chicago.

    Daniel: The Quad Cities in Iowa.

     

    What did you first think of him/her when you first met?

    Jennifer: I noticed right away Daniel had great eyes. He was very smiley. He has a great smile. He was also very welcoming.

    Daniel: I thought Jennifer was a good hugger and a really cute and nice girl.

     

    What are three things you love about each other?

    Jennifer: I love Daniel’s thoughtfulness towards me, the way his mind thinks about things and I really love his blue then green then blue eyes.

    Daniel: Jennifer is so thoughtful in the way she cares for others and me. She is also very loyal to the ones she loves. I also love her tenacity to strive for her goals.

     

    What inspired you to start your blog?

    We both work in analytical careers but have both been creatively minded our whole lives. We thought it would be fun to start a blog together as a creative outlet. We’d seen a few other couples do a really great job with the couple blog concept and we thought we could bring our own spin to it.

     

    What’s the one thing he/she would save from a fire apart from you?

    Jennifer: Ooh that’s a tough one. If I had to say, Daniel would probably grab his laptop because it houses all our photos.

    Daniel: Jennifer would probably save her books. She loves her books, especially her limited edition of Lord of the Rings.

     

    What’s the name of his/ her favourite celebrity crush?

    Jennifer totally has a girl crush on Jessica Alba.

    Daniel has a major man crush on Ryan Gosling.

    Who would play him/her in a movie?

    Jennifer: Ryan Gosling would play Daniel. He kinda looks like him and people have been known to say they have the same voice.

    Daniel: Jennifer would probably be played by Zooey Deschanel because they both are quirky (and have the big brown hair and eyes).

     

    How would you describe love?

    Love is completely denying yourself to another person. There is great joy in the love of two who completely pour out themselves in love.

     

    What year did you get together?

    The beginning of 2015

     

    How do you stay updated on the current trends?

    We are very active on Instagram. Jennifer often uses a new app called Trove as well. Daniel loves his GQ. A few of our favourite blogs include Thrifts & Threads, New Darlings, Jo&Kemp, and Retro Flame.

     

    Would you trust him to choose your wedding dress?

    Yeah, totally! Have you seen my engagement ring? 😉

     Would you trust her to choose your wedding suit?

    I would but it would be hard. I can be kind of a control freak when it comes to planning how something is going to look. (Jennifer is laughing and shaking her head, she says there’s no way I would let her!)

     

    What’s her/his favourite meal?

    Daniel: I have a lot of different favourite meals, depending on the occasion. But generally, I love a great steak. I also not so secretly love peanut butter and crackers, nacho cheese Doritos and chocolate milk 🙂 

    Jennifer: I love chicken paprikash from the old country!

     

    What’s his/her special name for you?

    Jennifer: hubba bubba 🙂

    Daniel: I’m not a big pet name kinda guy, but if I do it’s usually over the top baby names, like boo bear.

     

    How would you describe your personal style?

    Jennifer: My style is very fluid. I like to adapt my style to the occasion. But I do generally gravitate towards trendy/street style.

    Daniel: My style changes a fair amount as well, but I lean towards the classy, simple staples while adding fun, edgy pops where I can.

     

    How do you stay in love?

    We feel like we foster the “in love” feelings through quality time together, but it is ultimately our commitment and dedication to pursuing each other even when it’s hard or frustrating that makes our love last. We also think it’s attending to the other person and doing little thoughtful acts of love that show I’m thinking about him/her and attending to who he/she is as a person.

     

    What’s his/her favourite song?

    Daniel: Lose Yourself, by Eminem.

    Jennifer: Me, by Faith Hill, has been a favourite since 4th grade. There are so many other favourites from Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Passenger. It’s tough to narrow it down to one!

     

    Describe each other in one word?

    Daniel: Jennifer is Gracious

    Jennifer: Daniel is HOTT

     

    What are some of your current fashion obsessions?

    Jennifer: All of the big oversized jackets, whether they are big bombers, faux fur, big fuzzy, leather, denim jackets, you name it, with leggings or distressed jeans and slim studded boots/shoes. A little edgy and rock and roll.

    Daniel: I’m loving all the new slim jackets that have been coming out lately. The shearling/sherpa trend is great. I’ve also been really impressed with Adidas new NMD’s and Tubular shoes.

     

    How would you describe your blogging style?

    We are lifestyle bloggers. We don’t take ourselves too seriously. We want people to be inspired by how ordinary we are. We aren’t celebrities. We want to be accessible. However, we do want to give special attention to the little details of life and make them practical for everyday life.

     

    Where do you see yourselves in five years? What are you most looking forward to in your future as a couple?

    There are so many different ways we could see life going in the next 5 years. It’s something we’ve been talking a lot about lately. We definitely want to stay in a big city and start to raise a family.

    What’s the first movie you ever saw together?

    The Graduate. It was super weird and awkward to watch together. We were in that space of still trying to figure out what the other person was thinking so we were just happy to be together but it was pretty weird.

    If you could go anywhere in the world together, where would it be and why?

    Probably Australia! Just because it’s so far away and seems like the kind of vibe we would enjoy.

    But we have a long travel bucket list!

    What’s his/her favourite time of the year?

    We both love the Fall.

    What is his/her most valuable piece of jewellery?

    Jennifer: My engagement ring

    Daniel: Mine is my watch Jennifer gave me on our wedding day.

    Have you met anyone interesting/famous on your blogging journey?

    We haven’t met anyone famous per say, but we have got to interact with a lot of really cool people. It’s been one of the fun and surprising things about our blogging journey.

     

    What is the biggest difference in your life post-blogging?

    We definitely need to be more intentional with our downtime. It can be really easy to want to start pouring a ton of energy into the blog to try and gain a bigger following, but we have to remember why we started Everyday Urban in the first place, which was to be a creative outlet. The second this starts to feel more like a job than something fun, we need to take a step back and ask our selves why we are really doing this.

    Instagram@everydayurban

     

     

     

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    Top 5 Benefits of Aerobic Exercises

     

    Benefits of physical exercise are numerous, from boosting your immune system to increase bone and joint density. One of the most beneficial types of exercise is aerobic exercise or cardio, and literally, anyone who engages in it can prosper, from lazy teens, busy moms, overworked professionals to senior singles!

    Let’s take a closer look at how aerobic exercise can benefit you, and help you live a longer and healthier life.

    1. Aerobic Exercise Increases Endurance

    People who exercise on a regular basis have much more endurance not just in terms of physical strength when it comes to lifting heavy boxes or moving furniture around, but also in terms of having more energy. Having good stamina translates into feeling tired less often and having more energy to spend an evening with your family, cook a meal, walk your dog or do whatever it is that you need to do at the end of a long day.

    1. Aerobic Exercise Reduces Stress

    Aerobic exercise is one of the best natural ways to reduce stress and feel well. Running, cycling, skiing, mountain climbing and anything that can pass for cardio (shopping doesn’t count) all result in the production of endorphins which cause an all-natural high. In other words, ‘running’ your cares away is much more beneficial than stuffing yourself with comfort food because not only will it make you feel good but it will give you an attractive shape to boot.

    1. Aerobic Exercise Boosts Immune System

    Aerobic exercise is generally speaking one of the best activities you can engage in to stay healthy and lead a happier and more fulfilled life. Aerobic exercise is actually the one thing you can do to boost your immune system and help your body fight off infection and disease of all sorts. It beats taking antibiotics any day. You won’t need to take any medication because you won’t even get sick as your body will become resistant to illness.

    1. Aerobic Exercise Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, and one of the leading causes of heart disease is physical inactivity. Coronary heart disease is at the top of the list of the deadliest diseases, and the simple and fun way to lower the risk of developing heart problems is, you’ve guessed it, aerobic exercise. Half of the people who suffer from heart problems are women, and there is absolutely no excuse for skipping on those cute workout outfits and avoiding the gym.

    1. Aerobic Exercise Reduces Risk of Breast Cancer

    Speaking of women’s health, aerobic exercise reduces the risk of developing breast cancer in women who work out at least three times a week. ‘Breast cancer’ has become one of the scariest things for a woman to hear in her lifetime, and we all know how widespread this illness is. Regular cardio exercise significantly reduces the risk of developing this horrifying disease, and coupled with the fact that it reduces stress and produces ‘happy hormones’, aerobic exercise is one of the most effective ways to put your mind at ease.

     

     

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    Katy Naturalista: Lust Redeemed Love and Pain Life Reclaimed

    Q: Who is Katy naturalista?

    A: That is me. lol! She’s humble but has essence and Nubian grace. She is truly poetic with her words, comical, but determined.

    Q: Where do you get your ideas?

    A: My ideas come to me at random. I don’t sit there and say… hmmm, let me sit here and write. I will literally be in the middle of cooking, driving, sleeping.

    Q: What is your writing process like?

    A: When I’m in a writing zone I’m listening to music. That’s what helps me focus in on what I’m trying to say.

    Q: What is the first book that made you cry?

    A: I’ve never read a book that made me cry. I always find books to be inspiring and enlightening. I’m not really the tear-jerker type.

    Q: Does writing energize or exhaust you?

    A: It truly energizes me. A lot of the poems I write allow me to release inner feelings and emotions.

    Q: What is your writing Kryptonite?

    A: interruptions. When I’m writing in focus mode. I literally cannot speak to anyone or listen to TV. All I can do is listen to music and write. Distractions are truly my kryptonite. lol

    Q: Do you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

    A: Yes, Katy Naturalista is my pseudonym. I selected that pseudonym because of my nickname Kate or Katy bug, and naturalista because of my FRO.

    Q: What’s your favourite under-appreciated novel?

    A: I don’t know if it’s truly under-appreciated, but it’s one of my favourites. The book is called Woman Habits by Shanel Cooper-Sykes. I truly love that book. That sister breaks down a lot of details about being a true woman. Some parts of the book, I don’t agree with, but overall, it’s a great read.

    Q: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

    A: Well, Lust Redeemed Love and Pain Life Reclaimed is my first book, and I am currently working on book two. So, I currently have one unpublished book. Stay tuned for updates!

    Q: Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?

    A: No I don’t see my writing as a spiritual practice, but more so a therapeutic release.

    Q: How do you select the names of your characters? A: I don’t have any characters in my writing. My writing mainly talks about my life experiences or people I’ve encountered in life.

    Q: What is your favourite childhood book? A: The Very Hungry Caterpillar. That was one of my all-time favourites as a kid.

    Q: What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

    A: Expanding my verbiage. I get comfortable using words frequently in my work. So, I try to search for other synonyms to use in my writings.

    Q: What is your book Lust Redeemed, Love and Pain, Life Reclaimed now about?

    A: It’s a compilation of romantic poetry based on life experiences. It talks about my journey to finding true love. It also talks about personal growth.

    Q: Does your family support your career as a writer?

    A: They truly do! I come from a huge family. The support I have received is overwhelming. Especially from my parents.

    Q: What books have fortified you as a writer?!

    A: There are two that have really pulled me through. 1. Your Life On Purpose—this book teaches you how to view your life and live it to the fullest. It comes with a workbook so that you can set goals for yourself. It’s a must read 2. Emotional Wellness—I love all OSHO books, but this one really taught me patience and how to love freely.

    Q: What are you working on now?

    A: I am currently working on book two and continuously promoting book one. There are definitely a lot more projects that I can’t wait to reveal in 2018.

    Q: What inspires you?

    A: Music is a big inspiration to me. I am also inspired but the hustle of the close friends in my life. We all have this hunger and drive that keeps us going. I know I personally never want to stop growing and neither do they. I think that inspires all of us to keep striving towards our goals.

    Q: Where can your book be bought?

    A: You can purchase it from Amazon (Nationwide)— Barnes & Noble— Romance book online—and local bookstores

    Q: Plans?

    A: To continue my career as an author and venture into other interest of mine. As I stated earlier 2018 will be a great surprise for all of Katy Naturalista’s supporters.

    Q: Life’s philosophy

    A: Don’t ever limit yourself. Possibilities are endless. Whatever cycle you feel like you’re stuck in is temporary. Just keep pushing forward and you will be where your life purposed you to be.

    instagram @katy_naturalista

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    9 Reasons Why You Might Be Bored With Life

    Cows spend most of their day-to-day existence chewing their cud and giving off blank stares. Dogs chase their tails for fun while cats play with balls of yarn. But as humans with a higher level of functioning, it takes a bit more mental stimulation to keep us entertained. Unfortunately, many of us are prone to boredom. Sometimes it feels like life is going by at a snail’s pace. Does that sound like you? If so, here are 10 reasons why your life has become boring.

     

    1. You feel confined
    When we feel like we are in control of our lives, it becomes much easier to find ways to keep life interesting. But when you feel trapped, constrained and aren’t allowed to make decisions – such as when you have a partner who controls you – it makes it difficult to overcome boredom. Stand up for yourself and take control your life.

     

    2. You aren’t willing to develop your inner amusement skills
    Some of us only feel stimulated if we are, say, in front of a television or playing around with our smartphones. In the long run, this is not a psychologically healthy thing to solely rely on external stimulation. At some point, nothing will seem exciting or novel enough. After you watch it 10,000 times you ask yourself “how bad can I hurt this dude?” Our inner amusement skills – that is, the ability to find constructive ways to handle boredom – are key to keeping the external world interesting.



    3. You don’t attempt to make any goals for yourself
    Setting goals are important if you want to enrich your life. There are many facets of your life that need tending to whether it’s related to work, health or social life. Read a new book once a week. If you are an active person, why not make it a goal to eventually do 100 push-ups or run a marathon? If you are intellectually curious, take free online courses and learn how to do something practical. Make a new acquaintance once a week. There are virtually limitless ways in which you can challenge yourself.

    4. You’re afraid you might fail
    Let’s face it, doing the same routine all the time is not satisfying at all. But what is keeping you from trying something new and different? Could it be that you are worried that you will fail? While understandable, you should realize that it is impossible to overcome your boredom if you never give anything a try. It’s time to step out of your comfort zone and seek new opportunities.

     

    5. You are always declining invitations to hang out with friends
    There are plenty of great reasons not to go out on a Saturday night with your friends. Perhaps it’s too cold outside. Maybe you are tired after a long, busy day of doing nothing. You might run into somebody at a party or nightclub who annoys you. Ditch those nonsense excuses and socialize! If a night of music or wild partying isn’t your thing, there are plenty of alternatives. Chill over a cup of coffee. Get a group together and go bowling.



    6. You don’t get out of your town enough
    No matter where you live – whether it is in the quiet British countryside or in boisterous New York City – everybody needs a change of pace every once in a while. This means giving yourself some time to travel around. Visit a city that you’ve never been to before. Better yet, fly off to some exotic destination and make new friends along the way.

    7. You don’t try to evolve
    People get a whole lot more satisfaction out of life if they are willing to change themselves and grow as individuals. This isn’t to say that you have to compromise on your principles nor does it mean you have to fundamentally change yourself as a person (unless you have serious flaws that need to be worked on, of course). But if you are able to focus on self-actualization, it can go along way towards eliminating boredom and finding true purpose.

     

    8. You’ve stopped doing the things you enjoy
    Were you once a fitness nut, a decent chess player, or passionate painter who suddenly gave it up? If you are feeling bored with life, why not rekindle your interest in your past hobbies? Reinvigorate yourself and do the things that make you feel whole again.



    9. You have a negative attitude about trying new things
    Do you scoff when a friend suggests attending salsa dancing together? Do you always say “no” to attending a modern art museum because you are convinced that it is a complete waste of time? The truth is, the problem might not be with the activities, it could very well be with your mindset. Keep an open mind and give these activities a try. You might discover a new way to cure your boredom.

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    Deborah Falconer: Beauty Blogging And Fit Living

    Please tell me about yourself? 

    My name is Deborah Falconer am a mum of two a professional makeup artist. I am an avid keep-fit enthusiast I am spiritual but level headed and am a great believer in working to be part of something much greater than ourselves and the great city of London is my adopted home

    How would you describe your signature look and what sets you apart from other makeup artists?

    My signature look is strong edgy and bold and what sets me apart from other makeup artist is my unique style of glowing skin/ dewy look makeup technic. My makeup is base in Hollywood glam. The skin has to look flawless and glow from within to achieve that red carpet aura.

    where are you from?

    I am originally from Nigeria.

     

     

    Where do you get your inspiration from?

    I got my inspiration from Charlotte Tilbury she is super talented and I love her brand she is my icon plus I was fortunate enough to study at the same institution has her.

    How long have you been a makeup artist?

    I have been a makeup artist since 2010.

    What do you love most about makeup?

    What I love about makeup is the fact that it gives people an opportunity to present the best version of themselves. 

    instagram or snapchat?

    I prefer Instagram.

     

    Beauty secrets?

    Beauty secret:-  Lots of water, exercise and self-denial ( no sweets).

    Wearing makeup for men is still a big issue among women and some men what’s your take on men wearing makeup?

    If a man wants to wear makeup because it makes him feel better about himself then am all for it(more money for me).

    What is one thing our readers would be surprised to hear?

    Am a devout Christian. 

    Who takes the majority of your photos?

    My husband

    How would you describe your personal style and is there a person who is a fashion inspiration to you?

    My personal style is more elegant and taking inspiration from the 1930’s style icon Joan Crawford.

    What should five makeup item no woman leave home without?

    No woman should leave home without mascara, blush, lipstick, powder and highlighter

    What do you feel about the power of make up?

    It has the power to project the best of oneself. 

    What are some of your current fashion obsessions?

    My current fashion obsessions are Chokers, Black skinning Jean, hats and oversized coat.

     

    Life’s philosophy

    Enjoy whatever you do.

    Instagram @openbeauty1

     

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    Iman X : My Passion For Blogging And Staying Motivated

    please tell us a little about yourself? 

    My name is Iman. I’m from Benin and Mali, born and raised in Paris. Now I’m living it up in London city!

    Who would you say is your number one fashion inspiration?

    My mom probably, we have slightly different styles but we like the same pieces. Her closet is my little corner of dreams. 

    What inspired you to start your blog?

    It happened after a web development class at uni, I wanted to see if I could make a cool website without my professor here to help.


    What are some of your current fashion obsessions?

    Metallic things, ear climbers, and sneakers always.

    How would you describe your blogging style?

    Conversational and laid back. That’s how I like it! I speak on there like I would to a friend.


    What do you think is the best service a blogger can provide to his readers?

    Straight up – teaching them something, entertaining them in a positive way, and/or inspiring them.


    What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?

    Not enjoying my life to the fullest because of my own limiting beliefs. When I started realizing that, working on this became my n.1 focus and area of interest. It became the books I read, the newsletters I subscribe to, the podcasts/videos I listen to, like a never-ending rabbit hole. It allowed me to learn incommensurable amounts about the way our brains work, about myself, and how I could create a mindset that helps me constantly improve myself.


    Tell me about your proudest achievement?

    I am my proudest achievement. I’m definitely not perfect, but when I look at my lows, how I deal with them and how far I’ve come, I am proud 🙂

    What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?

    Now. With a full-time job and now that I can’t use the well-oiled system I had put in place in California, I’m having a hard time being as consistent as I’d like. Also, there is so much fashion/style blogging around now that it’s not as easy to stay inspired without “diluting” our own aesthetic


    What do you do in your spare time?

    I hang out with friends/family, go out to dance, go to the gym, and watch Netflix.


    Beauty secrets?

    Minimal skin care – soap and pure shea butter from head to toe. I get a jasmine scented one from Benin and it’s pure bliss to use. I put it on my face every night, and I wake up with some serious glow goodness. Also surprisingly, it actually keeps pimples away!

    Heels or Flats?

    Flats, sneakers or combat boots most likely.

     Favorite Quote?

    “Protect your peace. Get rid of toxicity. Cleanse your space. Cultivate love.”

    What is one thing your readers would be surprised to hear?

    I used to pretend I was Hermione Granger as a kid.

     Have you met anyone interesting/famous on your blogging journey?

    Yes, how it brings people together who might have never met otherwise is one of my favourite things about it.

     Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?

    A hobby!


    Do you have any specific goals for the rest of this year?

    Moving/taking a wild trip somewhere (I’m thinking Canada, Brazil, Ghana, Kenya…), becoming an expert in User Experience design and enjoying myself even more than I did this year.


    Who takes the majority of your photos?

    I do. #diy


    How would you describe your personal style?

    I’d say fluid. The one consistent thing is that I mostly wear black, navy and grey haha – that’s actually how I organize my closet.

    What would you say that is the greatest satisfaction of being a fashion blogger? (Invitations to fashion events, interaction with people, gifts, etc.)

    Definitely the experiences. Blogging connected me with amazing people, some of which became true friends – and you get to do things you might never have tried otherwise! instagram @manigazer

     

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    Bathroom Trends To Watch Out For in 2018

    When you walk into a beautiful bathroom, there’s always a sense of awe. The bathroom is our sanctuary – it’s where we relax and let the weight of the day’s bustle and stress just melt away. See what the top sanctuary-making bathroom interior trends of 2018 are – which will you tackle?

    Splash Of Color
    Adding a splash of colour to an otherwise neutral or subdued bathroom design is an attractive way to spruce up space without too much decor. It’s drama, it’s luxury, and it provides an ultimately chic result with minimal effort.

    Sunken Tub
    Not all of us can afford this tub trend, but it’s making some serious waves in 2018. If you’re feeling extra this year, you can go for a slipper or bateau tub. Some people are even putting it in the middle of their bedrooms, which sounds kind of amazing, but also terrible if you have to carpet. If sunken isn’t possible, try raising the tub on a platform.

    Matte Finish
    We’re so used to glossy whites taking over a bathroom, but matte is the futuristic way to go. We do it to our cars and our manicures – why should our bathrooms be any less on point? It also hides fingermarks and makes for a striking aesthetic.

    His and Hers Shower
    Double sinks always make life a little easier when you’re a couple sharing a home, but to make things really next level, people are decking out their washrooms with his and her showers. A massive walk-in space with your own controls, shower-heads, and screens? Talk about a power couple.

    High Tech Toilets
    While people have been raving about Japanese toilets for years, this year, they’re in a lot of shopping carts, and the technology has us on the edge of our seats. From built-in deodorizers to air dryers, seat warmers, and automatic lid openers, the features are endless. Some even have Bluetooth music players that turn on when the lid is open and shuts off when you close it.

    Brass and Copper Fixtures
    This gives bathrooms a classic feel and is the perfect addition to an otherwise contemporary bathroom. They add warmth and dimension to any space – just a doorknob and a faucet can make a world of difference. Like matte, this will hide fingerprints, along with water-spots, and compliment a range of looks.

    Stone Vessel Sinks
    This rugged look acts as a centrepiece in almost any bathroom. While vessel sinks have always been a popular choice, the definitive 2018 look is hand-carved stone. With other stone or grey bricks accents, this provides an organic, earthy energy.

    Metal Framed Shower
    This innovative look is bound to land your bathroom in the pages of a glossy.

    Heated Floors
    Heating systems not only provide heat, but they can also reduce noise levels and possible allergic reactions since there are no air currents disturbing dust.

    Indigo
    Shades of blue are always a calming and welcome addition to any home. But this year, indigo specifically is making a comeback. It plays beautifully with lighter, contrasting blue shades, and is a moody, sexy alternative to black. Adding silver accents to this look is undeniably classy.

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    The Perfect Profile Picture

    PhotoFeeler’s first major study was a great one. They omitted characteristics like gender, age, and physical traits and focused on things that every person in front of a camera can control.

    They measured ratings of perceived Competence, Likability, and Influence & found:

    Eye blockage from sunglasses significantly harms your impression, lowering your likability. 

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    Wide open eyes commonly denote fear, whereas slightly squinted eyes portray comfort and confidence.

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    A shadow line that outlines the jaw all the way around in Competence, Likability, and Influence.

     

    Matt-Bomer_zpsj2vw3r8r.jpgA smile with teeth visible scores high with Competence and Influence, but most highly Likability. 

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    Wearing a dark suit with a light collared shirt scores very high on  Competence and Influence. 

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    Don’t worry: more on dressing later!

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    WOMEN EMPOWER EXPO BY ALEXA CARLIN

    Could we meet you?

    Yes! I will have a meet and greet at the Women Empower Expo.

     

    What is women empower expo about?

    The Women Empower Expo (WEX) is a one-day event for women to connect and collaborate to create change in their own lives and in the world. Each event features inspiring keynote speakers, local female experts leading engaging and educational workshops, fitness and yoga classes, a self-defence class, and a 40,000 sq Ft marketplace of local and female-run businesses.

     

    What can I expect if I attend the event?

    The most inspiring and empowering day ever!

    A full day of feeling empowered and rejuvenated to create a life you love! Also, expect to connect with some incredible women!

     

    Who can attend?

    Anyone and everyone. The event tailors to a wide range of people. Men and kids are welcome.

     

    What roles can men play in women empowerment?

    When men are on board and speak up vocally for the rights of women, our movement towards equality becomes larger and is seen not as a gender-based rights movement but as a human rights movement.

     

    Who is your mentor?

    My mom and my dad.

     

    What inspires you?

    People who are chasing after their dreams.

     

    What should a woman try at least once in her lifetime?

    —-

     

    What advice do you have for women on health, relationship and career?

    It’s all about balance. If you have a successful marriage but hate your career path, your happiness and passion for life will suffer. At the same time, you can’t enjoy anything if you don’t have your health. As women, we need to make sure we approach our lives in a holistic manner, understanding that to be an empowered woman, it’s about feeling empowered in all areas; health, your relationships, and your career.

     

    What advice do you have for young girls?

    Always always be yourself and don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. I order to make your dreams come true, you must pursue them wholeheartedly as your authentic self.

     

    What do you hope to achieve with women empower expo?

    Our mission is to gather women located in and around the city in which we host our event to foster a growing collaborative community of women as we believe COMMUNITY DRIVES CHANGE. When women come together and support one another, amazing things happen. We hope WEX serves as the platform to foster that community and collaborative setting for women.

     

    What is body image to you?

    Everything! It is so so important to have a healthy body image. I believe confidence breeds success.

     

    What advice can you give to women on body image?

    What you focus on grows. Imagine if you moved the energy you spend thinking about things you don’t like about yourself to what you’re passionate about, how much more would you be able to achieve?

    Your perception is your reality so it’s extremely important to begin with small mindset changes when it comes to body image.

    Focus on your passion.

     

    How do you spend most of your time?

    Working! But it doesn’t feel like work to me because I LOVE what I do. I run my own company so anytime I have “free time” I’m still working on something. I have so many passions and ideas I want to create while I’m here that I’m always working on some type of passion project.

     

    Women in Power and Decision-Making?

    Work on making decisions by yourself. If you always ask others for their opinion, you’ll have a harder time making bigger decisions without others approval. Trust your gut and GO FOR IT.

    Also- decision making is the key to success. You may not always make the right decision, but making no decision at all will cause you to put your dreams on standby.

     

    Women and Health?

    Same as when you’re on a plane, they tell you to put your oxygen mask on first before you help others with theirs. Make your health a priority. If you’re not healthy, nothing else matters.

     

    How do you define your purpose in life?

    Limitless.

     

    When was the last time you did something for the very first time?

    I just created my first VLOG! It’s different creating videos where you are giving a specific motivational message versus the VLOG where it’s more documenting my life and seeing where it goes. It’s a pretty creative process so I definitely plan on continuing to VLOG. Check them out here: https://www.youtube.com/alexacarlin

     

    Plans for the future?

    In the next 2-3 years, I plan on expanding the Women Empower Expo to be held in 3-4 cities per year in North America.

    I also am working on creating an intensive educational program for entrepreneurs, creatives, business owners, and influencers to teach them how to grow their business and brand through public speaking. The program, BeAPublicSpeaker.com, will launch end of Feb/ beginning of March 2017! In 5 years I hope to have over 1,000 graduates in my program sharing their story to audiences all over the world!

     

    Life’s  philosophy?

    Be grateful for your past and hopeful for your future. Everything in your life is happening for you for a reason. Trust the journey and enjoy it!

     

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    The Stars Shine Down by Sidney Sheldon: A Book Review

     

    I got tired of mouse clicks and clicking pages on my laptop. Instead, I badly wanted a feel for solid pages in my hands. That’s when I thought I would take a break and enjoy reading a novel, flipping through its pages for real by my favourite author, Sidney Sheldon.

    I went to the nearest bookstore and felt compelled to buy three novels by him and hoped to enjoy weeks reading them which is exactly what I did. One of these books was, “The Stars Shine Down”. I do want to provide a review of this well-structured, well-plotted and well-crafted novel. Read on for the review.

    The novel describes a 17-year old girl, Lara who has a hate relationship with her Dad because no matter how much she wants to impress and love him, he always passes on stinging remarks about her. After her Dad passes away, she dreams of erecting a building in a nearby spot from where she currently lived in a boarding house. Eventually, she materialized her dream and that was how she got into real estate business.

    She also aged and became a beautiful lady and everyone was mesmerized at the first glance. Yet she was America’s princess travelling London to New York, from Rino to Rome constructing buildings, hotels and shopping centres. She was successful and became a self-made billionaire. Of course, she had help all along. She also came across her soul mate while travelling, who happened to be a pianist. They fell in love and married each other. Yet they were from different backgrounds, one erecting high rise and the other engrossed in the music.

    When all her valuable assets seemed to be crashing down and she almost broke off with her husband, a surprise birthday party for her husband, friends and colleagues made it all a happy ending for her.

    This is a fabulous book to encounter. I would recommend it to anybody who is interested in reading novels.

    Some of Sidney Sheldon’s blockbuster novels are “The Sky is Falling, “Tell me Your Dreams”, “The Best Laid Plans”, “Morning, Noon & Night”, “Nothing Lasts Forever” and countless other ones. Almost all have been number-one international bestsellers. His first book, “The Naked Face” was acclaimed by the New York Times as, “the best first mystery of the year” and received an Edgar Award. Most of his novels have become major feature films or TV miniseries and there are more than 300 million copies of his books in print throughout the world. Undoubtedly, Sidney Sheldon reigns as one of the most popular storytellers of all time.

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    Honey-Soy Glazed Salmon with Mushrooms and Peppers

    Honey-Soy Glazed Salmon with Mushrooms and Peppers
    Need a new way to enjoy an old favourite? This honey-soy glazed salmon is delectable and pairs perfectly with roasted mushrooms and peppers.
    Ingredients
    • ¼ c. seasoned rice wine vinegar
    • 2 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
    • ⅓ c. light soy sauce
    • ⅓ c. Honey
    • 2 to 3 tsp. chilli-garlic sauce
    • 1 tbsp. Chinese or Dijon mustard
    • 1 skin-on salmon fillet
    • 2 package shiitake mushrooms
    • 1 red bell pepper
    • 1 large bunch green onions
    • 2 package instant microwave Jasmine rice
    • Toasted sesame seeds
    Directions
    1. Heat oven to 475 degrees F. Stir together 3 tablespoons vinegar, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, soy sauce, and next 3 ingredients; set aside 1/2 cup of sauce. Place salmon, skin side down, on a large parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Brush with 2 tablespoons soy mixture.
    2. Bake salmon at 475 degrees F for 8 minutes. Toss mushrooms and next two ingredients with 1 tablespoon of soy mixture. Scatter vegetables around fish in hot pan and brush fish with soy mixture. Bake 8 to 10 more minutes or until the desired degree of doneness and vegetables are just tender.
    3. Prepare rice according to package directions. Stir rice and remaining 1 tablespoon each of vinegar and sesame oil in a serving bowl; season with salt and pepper to taste. Lift fish from the skin with two large spatulas and transfer to a platter with vegetables; sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve with rice and reserved 1/2 cup sauce.

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    Your Mind Is Your Greatest Power

    So, let’s try to explain why your mind is your greatest power. Everything in our universe, as well as all that appears stable in our physical world, is made up of vibrations of energy. Even our thoughts are created by these vibrating waves, and are the most dynamic and fluid substance in the entire cosmos.

    Are you commanding your heart to beat right now? If no, what does? How does it influence you?

    First, your thoughts are independent of the physical universe, and yet it interacts with it. What is amazing is that any thought that is repeated over and over in your conscious mind will then make an imprint into your subconscious.

    And once this mark makes it into your unconscious mind, it is then used as a tuning tool and begins vibrating, and attracts to you the people, the circumstances, and the events that match the images that you have within. You have a real power to influence and direct the things that happen to you.

    The Power to Influence 
    So, let me make a point before you think of me in disbelief. It is difficult for you to consider that you can do certain things, or are good enough, or successful or wealthy. Yet you believe the opposite to be true. Therefore, why would it be impossible for your mind to believe one way but not the other?

    One of the beautiful things about the subconscious and its power is that it cannot tell the difference between what is real and what you imagine. So it means that you can program and imprint into it anything you want.

    And so, experiments have been done about this where athletes mainly imagine practising for a month and then do as well as those who did indeed practice. It resulted in their mind believing that they were good which improved their performance. Therefore, imagining an action or a state of being in your mind over and over again makes a profound imprint on your subconscious.

    The Powerful Source Within 
    The Soviet Union used it on their athletes, I know, I was one of them. But what is even greater is that it goes beyond sport and can be used for finances, relationships, career, and self-healing. There are no areas of your life impossible when you work with mind power methods. It can be visualization, meditating, affirmations, attraction or creating new beliefs. You feel like you take control of your life.

    Your thoughts are the most incredibly powerful source of nourishment and abundance. But nobody teaches us how to think. We learn to be positive or do the best we can. Well, I am sorry, but that is sad. Positive thinking is fundamental while mind power is a powerful tool at your disposal.

    And the laws and methods can be readily understood by anyone. It is a real awakening once you realize that your thoughts influence your reality. If you do believe in mind power, you are ahead of millions of other individuals, because it still is pretty much a recent theory. Only a small percentage of the world believes in it, and half of those do not practice it daily or in the right way.

    What Is Mind Power 
    Mind power is not just being positive; it is using ways to imprint beliefs and images, not only on a conscious level as it is with positive thinking but on an unconscious level. Once you imagine and live the stuff you want, again and again, you are attracting those things to you.

    And there is no greater turning point in your life than to discover that you have a personal power and that you are the master of your destiny. And all it takes is maybe fifteen minutes a day to transform your life if you are ready to practice daily.

    But remember that it can work equally against you. The reason being is that your thoughts can also keep you in poverty, in sickness, or not succeed at your goals. In fact, it is one of the greatest tragedies of today. It is why most people are not getting ahead. Their mind power subconsciously attracts the wrong things in their lives. In truth, your thoughts are what is creating your reality.

    Mind Power and Creativity 
    Creative people often generated inventions through ideas coming out of nowhere, but always when they took some time off. These things do not happen when you are too busy or working too hard. You must give yourself good quality time and honour yourself. So you need to take freedom days where you do not work at all.

    And when you let go of everything, you give a time your creativity and intuition to get in touch with the abundance of thoughts and mind power you have at your disposition.

    “Why do I always get my best ideas in the shower?” – Albert Einstein

    So, even a small time away can make a difference. Today, I am a big believer in just taking time off once in a while to reflect, assess and evaluate things. If you attract the things that are at the same frequency you are when you are stressed or overworked, it won’t do you any good.

    Do Something You Love 
    You are a brilliant human machine with mind power! What I have realized is that all successful people I know made their fortune and met success in an area that they loved. Think for a second! Has anyone ever made a great deal of money by doing something that they don’t enjoy?

    I surely don’t! Steve Jobs got into computers because he loved it and wanted to make a difference, not because he wanted to be rich. That is one of the secrets of success as well. So find something that you love to do. Not only are you going to be more successful at it but you are going to have more fun doing it.

    Therefore, you win both ways. Yet, one of the maxims of mind power is that you must know what you want before you can get it. And you have to make sure that your goals are attached to a mission, purpose or reason, or it won’t last.

    The First Step to Mind Power 
    The beautiful thing about life is that we get to choose whatever goals we want. It is wonderful! When there is free will, everybody has the right to live their existence differently and have their definition of success.

    As time goes by, and you examine your goals at times, you may find out that your motivations are not as accurate as you initially thought they would be. So, you do not want to end up climbing the ladder of success, only to find that it is up against the wrong wall. And that is why each of us, in due time, have a midlife crisis.

    So, the first step to mind power and to changing your life is to pay attention to the thoughts inside your mind. And then direct them accordingly. Every day, you have thousands of thoughts. So when you realize that they influence, affect and help to create your reality, you must become very conscious of what you are thinking.

    The Imprint of Wrong Beliefs 
    It works with any area of your life but let’s take the example of money. What do you usually feel when you think about it? Is it that money is difficult to make? Do you believe that there are no good opportunities out there? Or is it that you seem never to have enough money?

    And if these are the type of thoughts you think, then unfortunately what is happening is you are imprinting that reality into your subconscious. Just by your day to day worrying and concern about money, you imprint your unconscious with a scarcity consciousness. So once something is printed in your subconscious mind, it then begins to attract the people, circumstances, and events that match the images that you have within.

    So you are blocking yourself in a never-ending experience of frustration on trying to get ahead financially. And it does not matter how many hours a day you work or the ideas you have. If your beliefs about money are limiting, then you are not going to manifest money.

    The Key Aspect of Mind Power 
    Now, the opposite is equally valid. It is the beautiful thing about mind power. Repetition is one of the key aspects of getting things. Your subconscious will accept any thought or belief that you continually imprint. And the good news is that you can reprogram and imprint new prosperity beliefs.

    So all you have to do is to repeat things over and over again, and believe it to be true. And what will happen is that day by day it will take an imprint, and it will change your beliefs about money. And as you turn your viewpoints around; your mind power begins to attract better situations to you.

    Therefore, you need to pay attention to the flow of thoughts inside your mind. Take a look at those which are consistent with what you desire. If you don’t have the right thoughts, then you need to redirect your mind to a new place of beliefs through mind power techniques. And develop a new prosperity consciousness.

    The Second Step to Mind Power 
    The first prosperity belief is that it is an abundant universe. You have to recognize prosperity everywhere and to fill your mind with feeling, seeing, sensing and being surrounded by wealth. Get a coffee at the most expensive place you know and spend time there. Or look at your favourite car and sit in it, imagining you own it.

    In fact, your mind power does not care about your gender, your spiritual faith, or the colour of your skin. There are many people becoming millionaires in this world. They are not at all different than you. With prosperity beliefs, good ideas, initiative and finding your calling, there are no reasons why you cannot succeed.

    So, you just need to find something that you feel good about. Even if you choose only to do what you love, you still have a vast number of opportunities to operate and be successful. Another belief is that it is your duty and responsibility to succeed as ‘Uncle G’ always says.

    Honor Your Mind’s Instinct 
    Therefore, you have to honour what is calling you because that is not only what is going to make you successful but also is your contribution to the world. You have to listen to that little call that tells you to move on. I don’t say it will be easy or that you won’t get a few sleepless nights over it until you make the decision.

    However, if you honour your mind power instinct, it might the best decision you can ever make. If you follow what you love, you might touch more people’s lives. So, you have to follow your bliss, or what makes you jump for joy. You can make a living doing something you don’t like, but you will never be tremendously successful.

    But the most fascinating, challenging and exciting is that by choosing your thoughts, you can direct and influence your actions. And you can create the vibrations of energy you need within you that will attract realities to you.

    The Unlimited Power at Your Disposal 
    Mind power is very potent. You must realize that you have unlimited power at your disposal. So spend five to ten minutes a day contemplating, thinking and affirming the thoughts you want to yourself. Some days, you might be excited after this little exercise. But there will other times where that little voice comes in and says “Who are you kidding? You don’t have unlimited power.”

    But the critical factor here is to do it every day. Never miss a day, whether it is exciting or annoying to do. Mind power needs repetition. And somewhere along the ninety-day period, as imprinting takes time, you will feel like an empowering conviction is taking over you. Sometime, it might take longer.

    So, it is what makes the difference between positive thinking and mind power. The former is about “Think positive and positive things will happen to you.” There is nothing wrong about that; I rather you think that way than negatively. But mind power is taking it a step beyond that.

    Mind Power and Success 
    Mind power makes you define clearly what it is you want. Then through certain methods such as affirmations, visualization, imprinting, creating new beliefs, you add them through repetition. So the subconscious mind begins to pick up on it.

    So, give yourself the right messages and do some work on it each day as it doesn’t happen magically. Make a list of fifteen to twenty things that make you feel good and successful about who and what you are now. And the key here is ‘Now.’

    Yet, you often think about the goals you want to achieve. Things that you are going to do, or be or the changes you are going to make. It is alright to look at the future, but at the same time, you want to create a vibration of success now. Remember: success attracts more success.

    Create Your Mind Power Now 
    Therefore, write down and make a list of things that make you feel like you have success now. Then spend five minutes each day going over it and as you read it, feel successful about who and what you are NOW. It can be simple things like “I am a great cook,” I am a good friend,” “I dress well,” “I am smart,” and more.

    As a result, it will begin creating a success vibration now, so that this frequency attracts to it other future successes. It is a pretty simple and yet compelling technique. When you start your day this way, you begin it with a success vibration.

    And as for visualization, it is imprinting into your subconscious the exact goal, seeing, feeling, tasting, and vibrating what you want to happen to you. But one of the tricks with visualizing is that you need to look at it as it is already happening now and not in the future.

    So here you have it! Mind power is a powerful tool that each of us possesses. But you have to change your perspective on life, and be grateful. Thus now, enjoy your new ability by using it fully because, believe it or not, you have unlimited power at your disposal.

    Sergei van Bellingen, Personal Growth & Success Expert, Founder of First-Class Lifestyle & SergeiVanBellinghen.com I help and teach people how to get a fresh start and have a brand-new style of living after a divorce, loss or if single. I do this by using self-development techniques to help you grow, succeed and have a better life. Remember, it’s not just about growing but also about ending the routine. It’s about the lifestyle of working less, living more and enjoying life!

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    Delicious Thai Foods You Must Try

    Thai food is world famous food for its exotic flavours and delicious taste. The combination of sweet, sour, hot and salty flavours make Thai cuisine so distinct and unique. Out of all the food items, Thai’s national soup Tom Yam is more enticing and noticeable worldwide. Apart from this soup, there are numerous veg and non-veg Thai recipes that cater to the tastes of many people across the globe. For such people who would like to taste international cuisines and who are travelling to Thai, here we are enlisting few Top Thai food that is easy to cook and are widely accepted around the world.

    • Tom Yam Goong: The national soup of Thai that uses the wide variety of fragrant herbs such as, Lemongrass, lime leaves, galangal, and shallots with chillies and fish sauce. This is the best start for a meal and is a fine combination of spicy hot and sour and can be served with rice.

    • Pad Thai: Thai’s best food that needs no introduction in world’s cuisine and is the top preferred continental dish. Though there are numerous variations in the preparation of Pad Thai, the most famous and conventional Pad Thai recipe is preferred and loved most. The conventional Pad Thai is made up of noodles with tofu, bean sprouts, onion, and a final touch with peanuts.

    • Kuay Tiew: Also known as Noodle Soup. A quick and easy to make the recipe to the culinary world that is made of Noodles either thin or thick as per your choice with any edible meat such as pork, chicken, beef, duck, and seafood.

    • Som Tam: Som tam is a ‘ spicy papaya salad ‘ famous in northeast Thailand, but it has occupied a prominent place in Thai’s culinary cult due to its impeccable taste, flavour and easy to cook nature. Though there are numerous variations in the preparation of some, the most common ingredients in all recipes are shredded green papaya stirred in heat and served with Barbequed chicken and lumps of sticky rice.

    • Gai Med Ma Moung: Famously known as Chicken Cashew Nuts. The ingredients for this dish include roasted cashew nuts, honey, sweet soy sauce, chillies, and garlic.

    • Geng Kheaw Wan Gai: Green Curry Chicken, A very famous Thai dish that seems to be like an Indian curry as this dish seems to be Thai’s version borrowed from Indian cuisine. This is simply a combination of various vegetables fried and added with coconut milk and can be served well with sticky rice.

    • Tom Kha Gai: Also known as boiled galangal chicken which combines coconut milk with lemongrass, ginger and chicken. It’s a delicious combination that stands out of all other Thai dishes.

    • Kao Phad: Simple fried rice augmented with the meat of your choice, egg, onion, cilantro, garlic, and tomatoes. Serve it with chilli sauce to add pep to the rice.

    • Massaman Curry: Thai’s famous Muslim Curry made up of coconut milk, potatoes, roasted peanuts, bay leaves, sugar, cinnamon, and tamarind sauce with the meat of your choice.

    • Khao man gai – A combination of chicken and rice and is a replica of British fish and chips. This Thai food is very easy to make as it includes boiled rice, chicken and served with sweet and spicy sauces.

    There are even more Thai delicacies that are a must try. Thai foods have become common in restaurants and the authentic ones are prepared in several homes too.

     

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    Natural Face Scrub and Beauty Tips using Natural Ingredients

    We all want beautiful skin, sans the damages, but we just put in the extra energy. In our day-to-day life complete with chaos and to-do-lists, who has the time to stay the store and pamper your skin, right? Most of us don’t even take out 20 minutes from our regular to cleanse our skin, let alone concentrated skincare. But what we don’t appreciate is that most skin-types essential an even outside clean up for that strong, radiant look. Note: It’s time to take care of your skin by acing the essentials. After all, your face is what gives you away when you are nervous, happy or worried. We take you a step-by-step leader to get flawless skin at homemade with natural face scrub and beauty Instructions in no time, plus specialist tips to improve your normal beauty, and keep marks at bay.

    Natural Face Scrub and Beauty Tips: A Step-By-Step Guide

    Here are 6 phases you must follow while preparing a face clean, using normal face scrub and beauty Tips at home for healthy, flawless skin, free of dead skin cells and mud.

    Cleansing

    Clean your face carefully with a facial cleanser or face wash, and pat the skin dry with a smooth towel. “Prevent hot water as it dries out the skin”, mentions Dermatologist, Next, dab some cleansing milk on a cotton pad and wipe face with it in order to unclog your pores and delete any leftover dirt.

    Steaming

    Optional: Steam for as long as your skin can sustain (around 5 minutes) and then softly wipe the face with a facial tissue. This step operates surprises for oily skin. Massage your face with an ice cube next, to tighten the pores and carry back the skin temperature to regular.

    Scrubbing

    Continue by affecting a face scrub for a few minutes since it assists remove dead skin cells, which make your skin look dry. You can also skip the store-bought diversity, and in its place apply a mix of sugar and honey in equal parts to exfoliate your skin naturally. Scrub your face for 5 minutes, and then leave it on for extra 3 minutes or so, before you wash it off.

    Face Pack

    No problem what your skin type is, the function of a moisturising face pack creates your skin smooth and also recovers your skin tone. Dermatologist at Max Hospitals, adds, “If you have the mixture to oily skin, apply a face pack that includes (fuller’s earth)” as it immerses up extra oil. India’s leading beauty expert, says Bananas, tomato and papaya are also identified to have a cleansing and tightening result on the skin. If you have normal to dry skin and to mix sandalwood powder with rosewater and use the paste on your face till it dries up.

    Toning

    Apply a home-made toner on your face, such as cucumber juice and rose water, which prevents keep the pH balance.

    Moisturisation

    Completely, apply a beneficial cream on your face and neck. “Don’t ignore to use cream your face before going to bed. For dry skin, process milder cleaners that are free from alcohol. And for acne prone skin, use a lotion that includes benzoyl peroxide”, suggests Dr Zaheer Ahmed, Dermatologist, Max Hospitals.

    For top outcomes, follow natural face scrub and beauty Tips every night, since it permits the skin to breathe and provides you with a fresh, energized look in the morning.

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    Cultivating Patience In An Impatient World

    I use to think I was a very patient person.  Maybe I was many years ago.  But as I evaluate myself honestly and realize I am wondering why this page is taking so long to load or why is someone writing such a long message when it could have been said in a few words (in my opinion) I begin to realize how impatient I have become.  So for me, it’s time to learn to be more patient in this impatient world.

    Impatience is defined as being unwilling to wait; intolerance with anything that causes delay or hinders desired results. Although we usually blame external forces for causing our impatience, we have to take responsibility for creating it ourselves. Yes, the world we live in does bow down to the god of fast everything, but that doesn’t mean we have to do it too. We create and cultivate a great deal of our impatience from within ourselves. These are just a few ways we do that on a daily basis.

    being impatient not only seems to be the norm today but it’s one that is highly regarded by some.  Think about it.  We can’t wait for 10 seconds for something to download.  Or standing in the grocery store line seems to feel not like minutes but hours.  Always looking over to the next lane wishing you were there because that line seems to move a little faster and as soon as we change lines it’s time for a price check for the person in front of you and now instead of making “progress”  you feel like everybody is moving at a turtle’s pace.

    Impatience is defined as being unwilling to wait; intolerance with anything that causes delay or hinders desired results. Although we usually blame external forces for causing our impatience, we have to take responsibility for creating it ourselves. Yes, the world we live in does bow down to the god of fast everything, but that doesn’t mean we have to do it too. We create and cultivate a great deal of our impatience from within ourselves. These are just a few ways we do that on a daily basis.

    Compare ourselves to others
    When we compare ourselves to others, we highlight our faults and don’t appreciate how far we’ve come. Maybe we still don’t have the degree we’ve been working towards when everyone else our age we know is already well established in their careers. But none of us has the same life experiences or come from the same background. Just because others are at different places in their lives doesn’t mean we should be there too. Comparing ourselves and finding ourselves lacking ignores all of the other ways we are “ahead” or in a better place. We each have our own path and unique lessons to learn, which is a good thing!

    Cling to outcomes
    We know what we want. We’ve charted it out and have set our goals. And we know how “it” will happen. Unfortunately, things rarely happen the way we plan on. And if we hold onto the idea that the way we have planned things are the only acceptable way for them to happen, we are setting ourselves up for disillusionment, disappointment, and yes, impatience. Setting goals are good, but if we cling too much to the “how’s,” we will miss other opportunities along the way.

    Believe we know best
    Once we having a plan or goal firmly in mind, it can be difficult to flow with life. We plan out our lives and believe that we know what will be best for us. When our plans fall apart, it can feel like our lives fall apart with them. If we can trust in our higher power or the universe to see and understand what truly is best for us, we can let go a little of the reins and be more patient when life doesn’t give us what we think we want or need.

    Exaggerate importance
    Getting caught up in the details is a very common occurrence for people who want to take life by the throat and make something big happen in their lives. Unfortunately, if we get too caught up in the details, we lose sight of the big picture. We overdramatize and exaggerate the importance of those little details, which causes us to lose patience. Keeping the big picture firmly in our minds can help us maintain perspective and deal with the details in a way that is more effective.

    Linda Hampton RN MSN
    A healthcare administrator, nurse, serial entrepreneur and corporate drop -out. After more than 30 years of a successful career, I stepped away to create a passion and purpose based business on my terms. Really I didn’t just step away I took the big leap. An Exit Strategist specializing in helping WorkingPreneurs find the courage and tools to leave their corporate job.

     

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    Katie buckett : Art And Why It Matters

    Tell me about yourself and art?

    I’m an artist and musician from the US, living with my English husband.  My paintings are usually large-scale, hyper-real, and figurative.  I grew up in Ohio, my dad is Chinese, my mom is white, I survived Midwest suburbia by playing a lot of football.  I went to art school in New York, got involved in creative art scene in Buswick where I met my husband and moved to London.  I now work out of an art studio in The Bussey Building in Peckham and a music studio near Waterloo, creating things as a full-time profession.  I explore themes having to do with the human condition: light, love, truth-seeking, animals, conservation, dreams, innocence, sexuality, and beauty.  In my spare time I enjoy listening to new music, reading about science, philosophy and ethics. 

                                            

    Why art?

    For me, it’s always been a needed escape.  I’m full to the brim with energy and emotion.  Art is one of the only socially acceptable ways to unleash these things on a regular basis.  I find that the more creative I am with my art, my life, my business, my home, the more I get closer to finding freedom, happiness and creating my own myth of ‘the meaning of life’.  In other words, I don’t like being told what to do so Art is the only solution. 

                                            

    Where do you think your creativity comes from?

    I think that if aggression was illegal, I’d become a boxer.  This world is so limiting compared to the love and compassion I potentially have that this energy, in the form of ‘creation’, leaks out into everything.  If I’m dicing up carrots for a quick meal, I’m cutting them mindfully into equal parts, when I’m riding to work on my bike I draw soft curves into the puddles just for the beauty of it, If I’m going to meet a friend at a cafe, I’ll wear nothing but the colour red.  If everyone in the world were an artist and it was illegal not to make art.  I’d create by creating nothing, I’d wear only grey and speak not a word, creation’s my meat and 2 veg.

                                             What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?

    Thinking that I wanted to be a sunset when I grow up because nothing could be more beautiful.  And being uncompromisingly sad when my dog died.

                                             

    What art do you most identify with?

    My taste in art is a lot like my taste in reading material.  I like big ideas in a language I can understand.  I don’t like big, long, terrible words that no one understands that the author uses just to make himself seem smart.  So I like big bold and beautiful paintings that can emotionally move an adult and a child equally.  If it’s obvious that the artist is trying to be cool or intellectual, it can be distracting.  I make special exceptions for hard work, craftsmanship, large things and compassion as well.

     

    If we were going to talk about your art, where would you want to start?

    I guess I’d just want to know what you think and what it means to you.  I like to cause people to daydream so I guess I’d want to know what kind of things my paintings make you think of and I’d like to ask why you think you thought of them.  I find the mind fascinating.    

    Do you own your own gallery?

    No, I wish.

     

    What role does the artist have in society?

    I think it was Ruskin who said this, but I think it’s our duty to turn a mirror to the viewer.  To show them what they’ve already seen or already know only in a different light or a different perspective.  Sometimes it takes a small change to something you’ve always overlooked for you to see it for what it is and to know that it’s been right before your eyes this whole time.  Like love for yourself. 

                                               

    What’s your favourite art work?

    I love Michelangelo’s sculptures.  I like when something as cold and still as marble can so perfectly capture the emotional fragility in a human’s face.  It borders on magical and awakens the sleeping child in me.

     

    What is your artistic outlook on life?

    Don’t be sad, do something instead.  Don’t give up. Figure it out.  Combine it with something you know is right.  Scream it loud.  Take a rest, don’t feel bad about it.  Then do something again.  Find other people doing things, figure out how they do it, do some more stuff. If everyone disapproves or are offended, you’re probably on to something.  If no one cares, no worries.  Do it anyway.  Get paid. Don’t stop.  Repeat.

                                              

    If there were one dead artist that you could hang out with for a day, who would that be?

     Michelangelo

                                              

    If there were a magic power you could use in your art making, what would it be?

    The ability to watch other people’s dreams like being at a movie theatre.  Or painting in three dimensions without need for support.

     

    What moves you most in life, either to inspire or upset you?

    I don’t like suffering and pain.  And I don’t like when people are aware of others’ suffering and don’t have compassion.  I Love love and compassion, especially for strangers and creatures different from us.

    Where do you feel art is going? 

    I think soon everyone will ‘think’ they are an artist and there will be ‘art’ in everyone’s home.  But Art will never die and there will always be very meaningful important Art.

    How do you feel when you are letting your emotions loose on the canvas?

    Like I’m meditating.  No need for anything.  The chattering in my head stops and I’m at peace all on my own.

                                              

    who are some of the artist you’ve been influenced by or inspired by?

    Michelangelo

    Hieronymus Bosch
    Sargent
    Van Gogh
    Ai WeiWei
    Cavavaggio
    Egon Schiele
    Radiohead
    Lcd Soundsystem
    Arcade Fire
    Francis Bacon
    Da Vinci
    Dali
    Modigliani
    Alexander McQueen
    Jeff Buckley
    Matisse
    David Shrigley
    El Grecco
    Prince
    Michael Jackson
    Led Zeppelin
    Eddie Vedder
    Norman Rockwell
    Malcolm Liepke
    Ralph Steadman
    Russell Brand
    Vasquez
    Frida Kahlo


    where can your art be bought?

    Just email me or contact me on social media.  I’m on all of the art social media platforms though and my art will soon be able to be rented through a new platform called Why Not Art.

    Instagram @katiebuckett

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    3 tips to differentiate between formal shoes and casual shoes

     

    Shoes for women are extremely simple to distinguish from formal to casual whereas, for men on the other hand since the choices are limited, men tend to wear casuals on formal occasions and vice versa.
    If you have also been there and faced such circumstances, it is now time to be enlightened about the top differences between formal shoes and casual shoes for formal events!

    Difference 1: The Brogueing and Decoration
    It is self-explanatory that formals should be more decorated than ordinary casuals, and it is exactly like that. If you want to judge if a pair of shoe falls under the formal or the casual category, check out the Brogueing on it. While some fashion trends highlighted how Brogueing was paired with the casual look, nonetheless in today’s fashion trend, the Brogueing and decorativeness
    are all about formals!

    Hence if you find a classic black shoe pair with a Brogueing fashion on the tip and the sides, consider it a formal shoe!

    Difference 2: Shape of the Toe and Laces
    The shape of the shoe matters as much as other factors do.
    The shape is one of the most crucial aspects when it comes to judging it. If shoes have a pointed, elongated structure, they are explicitly formal shoes. While most men prefer square shoes or round-toed shoes, it doesn’t mean all the formal shoes need to be pointy and edgy.

    Every man has a different foot structure and there are many shoes to cater to their needs. However, if it comes to differentiating between formals and casuals, formals mostly have pointed toes.

    As for laces, it is an unmistakable fact that laced up leather shoes will pair better with a suit compared to causal ripped jeans! However, laced up sneakers are completely casual, hence don’t be confused with laces.

    Difference 3: Texture and Colors
    Yes! The texture as well as the colour matters. Our fashion trends have taken a toll on us and are introducing complete out-of-the-box ideas. While the uniqueness should be praised, the fact is that vibrant shoe
    colours really don’t suit men when paired with dull coloured dress suits! Hence, follow the norm and stick to classic blacks and browns for formal occasions.

    On the other hand, men can always flaunt some style by choosing coloured shoes in the causal section. The recent trend has allowed men to walk in reds, greens, blues and even neons.

    As for texture, leather is the father of men’s shoes! The leather is and will always be regarded as formal, while suede and velvet will only be categorized as semi-formal. Leather, whether shiny or matte, will compliment all sorts of dress suits. There are however a lot of qualities and styles of leather. If you want to go for something unique, go for alligator or ostrich skin!

     

    Telling the difference between both the categories can be confusing sometimes, however, with our 3 basic tips, you can surely distinguish black from white easily!