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Month: August, 2013

Alexander McQueen.

My friend Jenny Thronaes has the most amazing ring. What a beautiful scare. The Butterfly and Skull ring from Alexander McQueen in gold. The skull (which is smiling) is adorned with beautiful Swarovski crystals. I think I love you baby….

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Jimmy Nelson.

Jimmy Nelson (Sevenoaks, Kent, 1967) started working as a photographer in 1987. Having spent 10 years at a Jesuit boarding school in the North of England, he set off on his own to traverse the length of Tibet on foot. The journey lasted a year and upon his return his unique visual diary, featuring revealing images of a previously inaccessible Tibet, was published to wide international acclaim.

Soon after, he was commissioned to cover a variety of culturally newsworthy themes, ranging from the Russian involvement in Afghanistan and the ongoing strife between India and Pakistan in Kashmir to the beginning of the war in former Yugoslavia.

In early 1994 he and his Dutch wife produced Literary Portraits of China, a 30 month project that brought them to all the hidden corners of the newly opening People’s Republic. Upon its completion the images were exhibited in the People’s Palace on Tiananmen Square, Beijing, and then followed by a worldwide tour.

From 1997 onwards Jimmy began to successfully undertake commercial advertising assignments for many of the world’s leading brands. At the same time he started accumulating images of remote and unique cultures photographed with a traditional 50-year-old plate camera. Many awards followed. When he started to successfully and internationally exhibit and sell these images, this created the subsequent momentum and enthusiasm for the initiation of Before they Pass Away.

One of my favourite series of the 30 tribes he photographed is the series on the ancient Arctic Chukchi community who live on the peninsula of the Chukotka. Unlike other native groups of Siberia, they have never been conquered by Russian troops. Their environment and traditional culture endured destruction under Soviet rule, by weapons testing and pollution.

Due to the harsh climate and difficulty of life in the tundra, hospitality and generosity are highly prized among the Chukchi. They believe that all natural phenomena are considered to have their own spirits. Traditional lifestyle still survives but is increasingly supplemented.

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Goop.

One of my favourite sites (incl. app) is actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop

Gwyneth started goop in the fall of 2008 to share all of life’s positives. From creating a delicious recipe to finding a perfect dress for spring, Gwyneth began curating the best of lifestyle to help her readers save time, simplify and feel inspired. Determined to publish a genuine and resourceful issue each week, for many, goop has become their most trusted girlfriend on the web.

Goop has since grown into an eminent lifestyle publication, dedicated to informing and positively inspiring its audience. Goop gives readers exclusive access to recipes, travel guides, fashion, wellness tips, cultural notes and more. Incorporating the knowledge of expert contributors and tastemakers, along with our own editorial eye and uncompromising style, issues are delivered straight to your inbox every Thursday.

An indispensable resource for all like me who love to make, go, get, do, be and see.

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Creamsicles.

The perfect summer treat, we ate ours on the boat. My New Roots: Peachy Keen Creamsicles

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Nikki.

Yesterday we had beautiful Nikki at our showroom for a private photo session by photographer and actress Chloe Leenheer.

Nikki inspires me day by day, she is the most positive, energetic and sweet girl I have met over the past year. She is a true inspiration when it comes to living in the moment and embracing life as it comes. Keep up the good spirits Nikki!

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Telas de lenguas.

The traditional Majorcan fabric, known locally as “Telas de Lenguas” (fabric of flames) is distinguished for its simple geometrical patterns and motifs, lively colours and infinite range of tones, the design of which is based on a recopilation of the original fabric commonly used for years in island homes. Today these fabrics are now known and highly appreciated in many other countries around the world.

It is said that the origin of this fabric is oriental, a highly probable theory if we take into account that Majorca was once the central mooring site of ships transiting the commercial routes between Asia and Europe. In fact, the oriental “Ikats” are very similar to the Majorcan “Telas de Lenguas”; hand-dyed fabric, with a smudge-like, discontinuous pattern and lively, irregular colours. The passing of time has witnessed the evolution of these fabrics which are now considered as autoctonous, our very own.

The preparation of colours and patterns is performed by hand and from there the fabric is passed on to the mechanical loom; hence the irregular, imperfect design that distinguishes this fabric from its industrially produced counterparts. Natural, hand-dyed fibres such as cotton, linen, silk… an endless range of colours and patterns, ranging from classic to avant garde designs, are nowadays combined.

One of the traditional Marjocan houses specialised in these fabrics is Bujosa Textil

Looking at the photos you’ll see the cotton hank dyeing process which uses colours affording the maximum solidity and resistence. The range of colours available is infinite and they can provide almost any colour on request. I truly love this ancient Majorcan handcrafted fabrics!

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Es Castell.

Es Castell is a boutique hotel in a converted historic finca in rural Mallorca. The perfect hide-away “At night, the terrace of this elegant hotel is a near spiritual experience itself, with only your thoughts and the hum of cicadias to keep you company…

The hotel building dates from the XI Century and the property has been in the same family since the XV Century. As you enter Es Castell you step into a bygone era where the secrets of past generations are worn into the thick stone that makes up its walls.
Pass through the cobbled patio, past the medieval well in the courtyard and stop to admire the Almanzara or olive press, or take a walk through the gardens up to the pool, with its dazzle of bougainvillea, the al fresco terrace, where you are likeliest to have your meals, or the roof terrace.

This were time stands still and all your worries in life are slowly taken over by the beauty of nature, peace and quiet.

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Chia Fresca.

Here’s a quick refresher on chia seeds:
Chia seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seed
Chia seeds do not need to be ground to be absorbed by the body and they can be stored for long periods of time without going rancid. They help with hydration due to their ability to absorb up to 9-10 times their weight in water Chia seeds also contain fibre, protein, calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc among many other nutrients Chia seeds like to get stuck in your teeth. You were warned.

One of my favourite natural energy drinks is the Chia Fresca. Pairing it with coconut water for a natural potassium boost after a tough workout is also a good alternative.

Read more: oh she glows

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Wild west.

I love Cowboy Boots and so does TONY MORA. For nearly 100 years they have been producing the famous TONY MORA cowboy boots.Through the years they have been developing new styles and fits and now are one of the world’s top cowboy boot manufacturer.

Their boots are made of high quality leather and natural materials such as python skin, alligator skin, ostrich skin or shark skin. Leather, linings, soles and heels: Each part of a TONY MORA cowboy boot is made out of top quality.

They employ the best Majorcan craftsmen shoemakers who carry out more than one hundred operations on each pair of TONY MORA boots to make them perfect. In addition they employ the Cowboy GoodYear System, which has made their boots so famous. That means the boots have double stitchings that guarantee maximum quality for a lifetime.

This small family business is committed to protect nature and the environment, thus the products are subject to rigorous control. Making sure, that all skins are from farmed animals so the wilderness is left intact. Every pair of boots carries a farm certificate.

I bought my pair at their fabric & outlet where you can hunt for special one off pieces as we did!

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Hans Feurer.

Hans Feurer has been a mainstay of fashion photography since the late 1960s, but despite his influence, this legendary photographer has had no books dedicated to his work–until now. Feurer’s career has certainly been an illustrious, star-studded and influential one, and the models who were his subjects, the designers he profiled and the leading publications which featured his work comprise a roll call of the highest echelons of the fashion and magazine worlds. Feurer has shot for Vogue, Nova, Elle and many more leading publications. One of his most famous advertising campaigns was for Kenzo in 1983, which immortalized Iman and secured her status as an iconic supermodel of the period. Before embarking on a career in photography, Feurer worked as a graphic designer and art director. Traces of these previous careers are detectable throughout his work, evidenced by his careful compositions and precise styling. Emmanuelle Alt, the editor of French Vogue, has revived Feurer’s photographic career, and he is now widely referenced by top photographers such as Inez & Vinoodh. Designed by Fabien Baron, and lavishly illustrated with 175 photographs, this overview is a must-have for collectors of fashion photography books. It presents the photographer’s most iconic images from throughout the years, in a fascinating mélange of fashion styles and trends. Hans Feurer was born in Switzerland in 1939. After studying art in Switzerland, he worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and artistic director in London. In 1966, he traveled to Africa, during which trip he decided to become a photographer. He returned to London and began to compile a portfolio. Source. Here is some amazing work of his for Kenzo

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