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    Sonya Rykiel

    .Sonya Rykiel

    Sonya Rykiel is a synonymous with Paris. Born in the city in 1930, she went on the encapsulate Parisian style with her chic fashion line. As an expectant mother , she had discover that there were no sweaters available that were soft and flexible enough for her to wear through her pregnancy, so in 1962, she created her own line of knitwear. This was so successful that she opened her first boutique in that momentous Parisian year , 1968. And in their own way, Sonya Rykiel designs were revolutionary.

    Her flaterring knits often in what to become her trademark stripes – symbolized liberation for women’s bodies from the stiff silhouette of the previous decade. She also increased the sex appeal of knits, freed from linings and hems, her dresses and sweaters were like second skins for the womens who wore them. Sonya Rykiel has continued to build her very own French Empire since the 1970. She recognized the wisdom of establishing a beauty line early on, launching a perfume in 1978 and cosmetics in 1987.

    Completely independent, Sonya Rykiel business is very much a family affair. Husband Simon Bernstein is her business partner and daughter Nathalie Rykiel has been involved in the company since 1975. With such support, Sonya Rykiel has the freedom to do other things. Today Madame Sonya Rykiel is something of a French institution. She has written novels, decorated hotels, sung a duet with Malcom McLaren and even has a rose named after her. And the accolades keep on coming. Sonya Rykiel has been awarded an Oscar for Fashion Group International and in December 2001, the French government named her Commandeur de I’Ordre National du Merite. Now in her eighties, the grande dame of French fashion shows no sings of giving up.

    Her creations are impossible sexy, impossible shiny and impossible decadent, and in Sprin /Summer 2009, Sonia celebrated 40 years in the fashion game with a surprise tribute catwalk show organized by daughter Nathalie. Out came a procession of 30 girls rocking out tribute dresses designed by Sonya Rykiel friends, peers and fashion designers including Martin Margiela, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Alber Elbaz in a breathless ode to brilliant flame haired queen of knits. Long may she reign.

     

     

     

     

     

     
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    Narciso Rodriguez

    Narciso Rodriguez

    Narciso Rodriguez designs clothes that are sliced, cut and put together with apparently effortless finesse. They are fluid and simple, architectural and modern, easy to wear but not casual, dressed-up but not too over -the-top. Rodriguez has an impeccable list of credential. He graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1982, and after a brief period  freelancing joined Donna Karan at Anne Klein in 1985.

    He worked there for six years before moving to Calvin Klein as womenswear designer. In 1995, he relocated to Paris, where he stayed for two years with Cerruti, first as womens and men’s design director, and then as creative director for the entire womenswear division. Never one to slow down the pace, in 1997 Narciso Rodriguez not only showed his debut signature line in Milan, but also became the womenswear design director at leather goods brand Loewe, a position he retained until 2001.

    In 2003 m he received the CFDA’s womenswear Designer of the Year Award and in 2004 was the recipient of the Hispanic Heritage Vision Award. Since 2001, he has concentrated on his eponymous line, which is produced and distributed by Aeffe SpA and shown at New York Fashion week. Narciso Rodriguez Latin roots (he was born in 1961 in New Jersey to Cuban -American parents) inspire the slick, glamorous side of his work while his experience in Europe has honed his fashion craftsmanship and tailoring expertise.

    This perfectly stylish balance has seduced some of the world’s loveliest ladies, including Salma Hayek, Julianna Marguiles and the late Carolyn Bessete, who married John F Kennedy Jr, in a Rodriguez creation. In May 2007, Rodriguez was announced winner of the Pratt Institute Fashion Icon Awards.

     

     

     
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    Lucas Ossendrijver – Lanvin

    Lucas Ossendrijver – Lanvin

    Born and raised in the Netherlands, Lucas Ossendrijver is today`s undisputed king of menswear.

    Since joining Lanvin as Alber Elbaz`s counterpart in 2005, his collections have slowly collected legions of fans who subscribe to the Lanvin aesthetic of fragility and lived in quality. Evolution, not revolution, is a word that regularly comes up in interviews with Ossendrijver.

    Despite Lanvin not having a meanswear archive for him to refer to – even though the company has produced men`s tailored pieces in 1901. Ossendrijver has powered ahead to mark Lanvin meanswear with his signature pairing of trainers with a tux, this laidback attitude to luxury a manifestation of the understated yet self-confident Dutch sensibility.

    Ossendrijver has also brought to Lanvin his extensive experience. A compatriot of Viktor & Rolf at the Arnhem Institute for the Arts, Ossendrijver briefly designed womenswear for the French brand Plein Sud before working as a freelance designer for Kenzo Homme (1997-2000), followed by a brief spell working with Kostas Murkudis.

    Until right before landing the position at Lanvin, Ossendrijver was head designer to Dior Homme Classic line and had previously worked for Hedi Slimane. In the time that Ossendrijver has been at Lanvin, the company has collaborate with Acne and re-branded the classic non-fashion menswear line as Lanvin 15 Faubourg.

     

     

     

     

     

     
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    How to properly care of winter shoes

    How to properly care of winter shoes

    Snow, ice, especially antifreeze solutions and salt scattered on the streets every winter shoes hurt us. Whether it’s leather, suede or fabric boots and winter boots deteriorate if not properly cared for.

    Boots, ankle boots and winter boots are cleaned differently depending on the material they are made. Gerson Ariel Lane Nelson, owner of a shoe shop in the US male made to order, offered for publication “Business Insider” some helpful suggestions about how to care properly for winter footwear.

    How was drying them. While it is tempting to put wet boots next to a radiator or other heat source, it is not the most inspired idea. “Fill the shoes with newspapers because they absorb moisture, then replace them with wooden lasts,” say the two specialists for the American publication.

    How to remove the smell. Shoes bad smell is caused by a buildup of bacteria or fungi (mushrooms) within them. “There are a variety of solutions of antibacterial sprays and by applying a thin layer of sodium bicarbonate by” experts recommended. There is also market insoles against-smell  for those who frequently face this problem.

    How to remove traces of white. White spots on snow shoes left by salt can be wiped clean with a special solution to remove skin or one salt. Then fill the boots or boots with newspaper and leave them to dry away from direct heat sources. “Finally, apply a cream shoes or natural oils to restore their original radiance,” the experts recommended. Under no circumstances we should not put shoes under running water, because it will damage the material, especially if it’s leather. Unless you have a special solution to clean, use a damp, soft and clean.

    What is indicated for winter footwear. “Synthetic materials designed specifically for cold weather as Gore Tex or rubber materials are suitable for the toughest winter days. If properly cared for and treated, the skin quality is a natural material that may be resistant to weathering Gaza, “say experts. To increase the resistance of the skin in winter, they recommended natural oils, such as mink.

    Avoid walking through snow. Boots and shoes deforms when we go through high snow. The shape can change, and the heel can move sideways.

     

     

     

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    Winter Spa Salad with Lemon Chicken

    Winter Spa Salad with Lemon Chicken

     

    Winter Spa Chicken Salad with Lemon Chicken.:

    Meat

    • 1 lb Chicken breasts, boneless skinless

    Produce

    • 1 Avocado, slices
    • 2 Cara cara oranges
    • 1 14-ounce can Chickpeas
    • 1 Half of a lemon, juice of
    • 1 handful Herbs like parsley or mint, fresh
    • 1/2 cup Pomegranate arils
    • 1 Shallot
    • 2 cups Spinach

    Condiments

    • 2 tsp Dijon mustard

    Baking & Spices

    • 1/2 tsp Salt
    • 1 Salt

    Oils & Vinegars

    • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
    • 1 tbsp Champagne vinegar
    • 1/3 cup Olive oil

    Dairy

    • 3 tbsp Mayonnaise or greek yogurt

     

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Whisk marinade ingredients together. Place in a bowl with the chicken, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes (while prepping other stuff) or as long as 2 hours.
    2. Whisk the dressing ingredients together.
    3. Heat the oil in a pan or pre-heat a griddle. Discard extra marinade from chicken and grill the chicken pieces until cooked through. Let stand for a few minutes to cool before cutting.
    4. Toss all other salad ingredients, including chicken, together with the dressing! Season with additional salt and pepper and maybe a drizzle of good olive oil. Easy peasy.
     
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    Coco Chanel – 5 Tips from the most influential women in the fashion world

    Coco Chanel – 5 Tips from the most influential women in the fashion world

     

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    August marked the anniversary number 133 of the legendary Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, remembering the impact that this icon of fashion continues to have worldwide on the domain name of “fashion”.

    Being the first woman to cut and wore trousers in a time when women are corseted bust and hid their feet, Coco Chanel will remain in history as the woman who revolutionized the fashion world and has taught women to put in femininity.

    To celebrate her birthday, we remember the five tips that Coco Chanel would give you if she were here:

     Triumph of  lipstick

    Always an advocate of classic purple lipstick, “Chanel Rouge” was a talisman that worked as beauty armor – armor he used to look and feel good. “If you’re angry, disappointed or suffer from love, enjoy a beauty ritual, apply lipstick and go to attack!”

    The importance of a signature perfume

    “A woman not wearing perfume has no future!” Proclaimed Chanel, the woman who believed in the importance of a lasting impression and the importance of having a “scent-signature”. Her own signature was, in fact, the classic “Chanel No. 5″ perfume launched in 1921, engraved with her favorite number and became famous for his unique and mysterious fragrance.

    At that time, “Chanel No. 5″ was different from any other perfume of the time which typically have a floral aroma. Currently, it seems that a bottle of “Chanel No. 5″ is sold every 30 seconds and is known as the most emblematic perfume of all time.

     Embrace your individuality

    Whether revolutionize women’s fashion or a struggle to convince the world that what makes a woman look cozy and comfortable life the famous Coco Chanel was a studio bucking social norms. Or, even as she said it, “to be irreplaceable, you have to be different.”

    Choose the correct shade

    If until then was considered only a hint of mourning, Chanel was able to bring fashionable black in 1926. However, her love for bold color palette was also well documented.

    Whether it chooses a simple dress or wedding day perfect blush, shade moment was transformed into a simple concept: “The best color in the whole world is one that looks good on you.”

    Aging gracefully

    “At age 20, your skin looks good from mother nature. At 30, your skin was modeled on life. But at 50, it is your duty to deserve it, “said Chanel.

    Did  you not understand what he means? Well, that quote would translate into advice that make you forget the obsession of today’s cosmetics, Botox obsession and rejuvenating operations. Chanel try to make you understand that beauty translates as the years and wrinkles and fine lines that appear over time are just remembering your moments of glory!

     

     
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    German-style potato salad with vinegar, bacon, caramelized onions, and chives

    German-style potato salad with vinegar, bacon, caramelized onions, and chives

    German-Style Potato Salad with bacon, caramelized onions, and chives | TheRoastedRoot.net #sidedish #recipe #picnic #bbq #summer #4thofjuly

    Prep Time: 10 minutes

    Cook Time: 45 minutes

    Total Time: 55 minutes

    Yield: Serves 5 to 6

    Ingredients

    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 large red onion, sliced*
    • 2 pounds red potatoes, boiled and chopped
    • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and chopped
    • 5 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
    • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
    • 1 bunch chives, chopped

     

    Instructions

    Caramelize the Onion:
      1. Add the olive oil to a large non-stick skillet, along with the sliced onions and about 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt. Heat over medium-high and saute, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to sweat and begin turning translucent, about 5 minutes.
      2. Reduce the heat to medium and continue sauteeing, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to brown, about 15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until onions are deeply browned and caramelized, about 25 to 30 minutes more. Note: If onions begin to stick to the pan at any point, you can de-glaze with a few tablespoons of water (or beer or wine).
    Prepare the Potato Salad:
    1. Boil the potatoes until tender but still al dente, about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and place potatoes on a cutting board to cool. When cool enough to handle, chop the potatoes into bite sizes (Note: You can easily remove the potato skins if you’d like, or you can leave them on) and transfer them to a mixing (or serving) bowl. Add the caramelized onions to the mixing bowl with the potatoes.
    2. Cook the bacon over medium-high heat, turning until crispy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat, and use tongs to place bacon on a cutting board, leaving the drippings in the skillet. Chop the bacon and add it to the bowl with the potatoes.
    3. Leaving the skillet off the heat, add the garlic and allow it to cook for 1 to 2 minutes in the hot drippings. Add the cider vinegar and stone ground mustard and whisk to combine. Pour this mixture over the potatoes, bacon, and caramelized onions. Sprinkle in the salt and toss everything well to combine. Note: The dressing will pool up a bit at the bottom of the bowl, so continue stirring until the potatoes soak up all of the liquid. Add the chopped chives and stir well. Taste the potato salad for flavor. Add sea salt to taste.
    4. Serve alongside your favorite entree.
     
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    How to look good in the cold season

    How to look good in the cold season

     

     

    Dress to impress:

    Many women find it difficult to keep his style in winter, but we prepared a few examples that will show you that you can show millions and when it rains or snows.

    With the start of autumn, sweaters, cardigans, trench sites, jackets, scarves, scarves and umbrellas will be your best friends. However, it’s easy to see how many women are concentrated in this period only comfortable clothes that keep warm, without having to care about style.

    Although it is important to stay away from cold, who says you can not look good in winter?

    First, investing in quality footwear. Avoid suede shoes on rainy days or when it snows, because it will be destroyed instantly, and get wet , they are not waterproof.

    Ideally, you should buy boots, booties and boots to match as many kept, sewn soles, possibly leather.

    You should have two bags of quality, which, like shoes, to match more kept.

    Replace fabric jackets with short fluffy and thick coats. Let’s be honest, nobody ever showed well with a jacket filled with magic! If you want to stand out, you can wear a jacket in a color more intense or different patterns.

    As for the clothes you wear under the jacket, we recommend choosing layers. They are practical and looks great on days when it is very cold morning, and at noon and is warm.

    Do not forget the accessories! Jewels statement will get you out of obscurity, and accessories slimmest of course quality is a very good choice.

     

     

     

     

     

     
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    What do you wear to the office? Create your perfect wardrobe

    What do you wear to the office? Create your perfect wardrobe

    You do not know which are best clothes wearing them to the office? We prepared some tips for you to create your perfect wardrobe.

    Whether you are hired for the first time or want to refresh your wardrobe, take our tips and you’ll look flawless in the office.

    Here are some clothing items MUST HAVE:

    A quality blazer almost instantly transform you into a responsible adult. As long as you choose the right size, you can wear with casual trousers and a cheerful top with a pencil skirt and shirt or even a casual summer dress. I recommend you buy for start one black, lightweight can be worn anytime, but you can add color or wardrobe and one with a cheerful print.

    Then you should have at least two shirts in the wardrobe. Do not think necessarily boring shirts! You can choose some with lace, embroidery or a nice print. The shirts will make you look business, are comfortable and can be worn with both pants and skirts.

    You should have and some pants with a simple cut or simple black with polka dots or stripes, navy, brown or why not color. If you do not have to conform to a particular dress code, do not prevent anything wearing red pants.

    This applies to skirts too. Sure, a leopard print skirt is not recommended, but there are many colors and prints that you can wear it without any problems.

    As for dresses, choose to start with some simple but acquiring some happier.

    Then, fill your wardrobe with some colorful blouses (or black and white, if that’s what you wear). Sleeveless with thin straps are not just ok, but if you wear a blazer over, you will not know anyone.

    As for footwear, it goes without saying that you should not wear 15cm heels with glitter or other types of shoes you wear to weddings or club.

    Lastly, accessory: try not to distract wear some colleagues, such as those who make too much noise.

    Of course, you have to keep in mind a few things:

    skirts and dresses should not be too short – the midi are best suited;
    blouses and dresses should not be too low-cut or backless;
    clothing should not be too transparent.

     

     

     

     

     
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    5 Autumn must-have accessories this season!

    5 Autumn must-have accessories this season!

    It’s official. The cold season is here and we the most passionate  fashionista forward, we want to find out what those accessories autumn that we should not lose sight of this season!

    And because it is difficult at times be updated with each new trend in fashion, we enumerate here  a few fashion items in trend.

    XXL gloves

    Who does not have gloves they should buy it..! Mario Portolano, Dries Van Noten or preferably Fraulein Kink!
    Track-length gloves give an extraordinary elegance, even if super trendy variations of tulle or veil, they’re not purely decorative and will defend the cold. But what does it matter? Only in fashion to beauty still suffering…

    Excess pendants

    Keys, agendas or mini wallets come to light in the new season. And not just anywhere, but hung by the neck! Rather they stayed hidden inside obscure handbags, Prada them strung on a chain and hanging them casually neckline fashion. Invest in a few accessories such admiration fashionistas will be on your side!

    Chic hats

    You want to be in vogue? Wearing a hat! No other accessory not emphasize femininity more than a hat. Perhaps the only accessory is recommended to let it go to your head! Even figuratively! Especially the hat not only adds a touch of sensuality and mystery but you recreates the architecture and face, adjusting asymmetries and reconfiguring the image proportions.

    It is, however, an accessory that can run over you if you choose correctly depending on the features of the face. Trilby fedora models and variants remain classics that can be worn by most typologies and brands Maison Michele and Dsquared2 are ideal answers to the question: “What we cover in this season’s head?”

    Snow White fur

    Ultra-used summer all-white outfits are keen to stay on the podium in winter. Only if we think offer opulent fur, white flawless, so varied, moreover, we quickly realize that the temptation to infringements recommendations PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) reaches alarming levels. Fortunately, there are alternative safe haven, faux-fur!

    For a sophisticated look, keep immaculate non-white and other clothing items. Proposals Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini, Louis Vuitton and Giambattista Valli excellent illustrate this trend.

    Royal velvet

    A full dress of velvet will give you a princely air. Fluid dresses in electric colors, heavily pigmented occupy the top spots in both the designers preferences but also on the shelves.

    Especially iridescence material that creates a spectacle of light and color that look brings to the fore as saying “velvet”! Cap shopping list: Iza Arfen, booty or Anna Sui!

     

     

     

     
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