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Happy B-day Jessica!
3-03-2018 12:00:13
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While her husband Justin (not to be confused with Bieber!) makes us dance with his hit “Say Something”, Jessica Biel turns off the candles, now she is 36! (who knows what kind of present Timberlake gave her!?) She is beautiful, She is brilliant and She has an uncompromising elegance: nowadays Jessica Biel is one of Hollywood’s most beloved divas. But how to forget Her in 7th Heaven?! She was stunning without makeup, wearing a sweatshirt and keeping a basketball under the arm! More than twenty years since her debut on a TV  screen, Jessica Biel’s career, as well as her private life, have been full of surprises. Here are 5 things you absolutely have to know about her! 1- Jessica was born in the United States, but her family has German, French, English, Irish and Choctaw origins! 2- Jessica Biel has always been linked to the world of music. She married in 2013 one of the most beloved pop stars in the world, but already in 2001, she starred in the video clip of “Fly away from here” by the legendary Aerosmith! She also loves to sing! 3-Jessica starred in seAmericanerican comedies such as “Valentine’s Day” and “New Year’s Eve“, but not everyone knows she was in the cast one of the scariest movies ever: “Don’t open the door” ! 4- How many of you remember the Hollywood star Jessica Biel was dating before falling in love with Justin Timberlake? Captain America: Chris Evans! 5 – Do you know what is Jessica Biel’s favourite country? Italy! In fact She married in Savelletri, Puglia.
Baby that’s Burian outside! 3 travel ideas for a sunny weekend
2-03-2018 17:10:54
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Winter has finally come thanks to Burian, this super cold wind that covered half of Italy with snow. So we’ve a very good reason to escape from the city looking for the sun for the weekend, don’t you think? Here you are 3 travel ideas that you can reach in just a few hours by plane!       Marrakech You should be aware that, while we are freezing under the snow, in Marrakech is already spring. That’s a great reason to search for a last minute flight that can take us to this wonderful Moroccan city, second home for french designer Yves Saint-Laurent (the long awaited museum dedicated to his life and work opend last year). You can drink a peppermint tea on Jemaa el Fna plaza, get lost in the beautiful Jardin Majorelle, having some relaxing time in a hammam and enjoy the desert’s atmosphere. Maybe you remember that our dearest Chiara, not long ago, spent, some beautiful days in Marrakech.     Next time I need to sleep here ???? @revolve #RevolveAroundTheWorld #advertising #TheBlondeSaladGoesToMorocco A post shared by Chiara Ferragni (@chiaraferragni) on Nov 7, 2017 at 1:57pm PST       Malta It’s quite famous all around the world, but still it’s not considered as one of the coolest place to spend the holidays. Well, we completely disagree with this opinion, but maybe we can consider it as an ad advantage for us: we won’t risk to find too may people and have a real relaxing weekend. Malta has so many breathtaking cliffs, seasides that can compete with Caribbean ones (have you aver heard about Blue Lagoon?), wonderful Gozo Island and beautiful Medina, Malta’s the ancient capiltal. We’re pretty sure you’ll have a wonderful weekend!     Hello sunny Malta ☀️ So proud of my girl @caro_e_ ???? for launching her first swimwear collection ???? along with @hunkemoller ???????????? #bossbabe #womenempowereachother #malta #hunkemöller #caroforhkm A post shared by MADELEINE ✈️???????? (@pilotmadeleine) on Feb 25, 2018 at 3:07am PST       Crete Spring has already come in Crete: we can tell you that the coming days we’ll be so warm! If you always thought about it as a good place for your summer holidays, you should discover how beautiful it is in march. You can have some archeological moment (don’t miss the Minotaur’s Labyrinth inside Knossos palace), relaxing walks in Iraklion, Chania and Agios Nicholaus’ streets and unforgettable moments at the seaside, next to a deep blue sea.   Good morning Crete, nothing more rejuvenating than a beach walk ???? A post shared by Crete,island (@creteisland) on Feb 24, 2018 at 11:04pm PST
#BBtips with Manuele Mameli: everything you need to know on metallic eyeshadows
2-03-2018 11:23:21
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The make up trend for 2018? Metallic eyeshadows! Manuele Mameli, Chiara Ferragni‘s make up artist and our #BBtips contributor, explains how to create a bold, shining and sexy look.   Even if metallic eyeshadows are usually used to create dramatic make up looks, Manuele shows us a perfect daywear look. Here’s how you recreate it step by step.   ????MMBeautyTips???? Ogni un po’ di colore ???? #eyeshadowpalette @mulaccosmetics DifferentII colors #posh #bonton #thekholpencil @dgbeauty peacock 3 #mascara @diormakeup #pumpnvolume Thank’s my babe @clarissacarbone ???? A post shared by Manuele Mameli (@manuelemameli) on Feb 14, 2018 at 2:27am PST   1) Apply eye primer Thanks to the primer, we can create a bright base where we can apply the metallic eyeshadow. Primer also is required for long lasting looks.   2) Wet the brush A wet brush avoid pigments fall outs all over the face. At the same time, the colour’s eyeshadow will be more brillant.   3) Apply the eyeshadow Apply it all over the eyelid, just like we’re applying liquid metal on it.   4) Blend it Choose an intermediate colour, to avoid a clear-cut contrast with the first eyeshadow.   5) Finish with mascara Put some mascara on your eyelashes: what an amazing gaze! Manuele’s fave: the perfect eyeshadows for this look   Mulac Milano Different II Palette: these eyeshadows have shimmer tones, with soft or glittery textures easy to blend…but don’t use too much product.   Purobio shimmer eyeshadows: super affordable for a flawless look. There are many different shades and they’re all so smooth.   Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid: this brilliantly long-wearing sparkle eye shadow combines the perfect mix of pearl and glitter…For me, they’re faboulous!   Yves Saint Laurent Full Metal Shadow: easy to apply, with very interesting colours.   Madina Starlit eyeshadow: great value for money, beautiful colours for an amazing metallic effect. And now they’re also in sale!   Find all the products in our gallery below!  
Oscars 2018: the 9 best movies (and 1 more) to see this weekend
1-03-2018 13:36:51
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Are your ready for 2018 Oscars? There’s only 72 hours left to see all the movies that conquered the best picture nomination. We suggest you to watch all of them, plus one.   Call me by your name It’s been 19 years a italian movie wasn’t included in best picture short list. Luca Guadagnino’s play talks about the love story between Elio and Oliver, during a hot italian summer in 1983. The movie gained 4 nominations: best picture, best original song, best adapted screenplay and best actor in a leading role (Timothée Chalamet). Why you should watch it: because we debated about this movie for so long and because it’s good to support our country for such a good reason.   Dunkirk Christopher Nolan‘s movie depicts the evacuation of Dunquerque, a French seaside where the UK army was besieged by Nazis, during World War II. Why you should watch it: because we can’t say no to a movie about World War II, especially if the director decided not to use special effects.   Get Out It’s the second time in the Academy Awards history that an horror movie is included in the best picture short list. The first time was in 1992 for “The Silence of the Lambs”. And actually it won! Who knows if director Jordan Peele could score the award? Get out is about Chris, a young afro-american, that meet for the first time his wasp girlfriend’s parents. It will soon turn into a terryfing weekend, because his in-laws are like the new Ku Klux Klan. Why you should watch it: because it’s the director’s debut, it was made with a tiny budget and it soon became the hottest movie to watch…and plus, a movie weekend without an horror one?   Lady Bird Lady Bird is a coming-of-age teen movie and it’s the one you should’t expect in the best picture short list. Greta Gerwig, with her very first play, is the fifht woman to conquer the best director nomination. The plot portrays the relationship between the frustrated teenager Christine”Lady Bird” and her hyper protective mother Marion. Why you should watch it: because it’s about strong women, inside the movie but also outside the screen. All the 5 nominations are dedicated to director Greta Gerwig and actresses  Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf.   Phantom thread The Fifties couturier London’s atelier, where he creates beautiful dresses for princesses and movie stars is the set of Phantom thread, that talks about the relationship between the tailor  Reynolds Woodcock and his muse-lover Alma. It scored 6 nominations, included the one for best costumes, of course. Why you should watch it: because it’s Daniel Day-Lewis‘s farewell, and he’s close to conquer his 4th Academy award. The darkest hour  United Kingdom during World War II scored 2 nominations at the Academy Awards. Besides Dunkirk, also The darkest hour portrays the most difficult moment in Winston Churchill’s career, when he had to take the hardest decision ever for the country’s safe. Why you should watch it: again, we can’t say no to a good war movie, especially if Gary Oldman, with the Golden Globe already in his pocket, was able to turn himself into Chrurchill thanks to 200 make up hours.   The Post Latest Steven Spielberg movie depicts how Washington Post, just a local newspaper, became one of the most important medium in United States with the publication of Penthagon Paper, thanks to editor in chief Ben Bradlee and newpaper heiress Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper Why you shoild watch it: because it’s about empowered women. Plus, how could you say no to Meryl Streep and her 22th Oscar nomination?   The shape of water Guillermo Del Toro‘s movie scored 13 nominations (only Titanic had 14 nominations). The plot is about Elisa, a cleaning woman at a secret Usa government laboratory where she discovers a mysterious creature emprisoned in a tank. We’re in Baltimore during the Cold War in 1962 and that “monster” could be the right weapon to defeat the enemy. Why you should watch it: because everybody loves impossibile love stories.   Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri  The plot depicts how three billboards, on which Mildred addresses the local olice department on how they didn’t solve the case of her daughter’s rape and murder, will change the lives of the three main characters: Mildred, indeed, sheriff Bill and agent Jason. Why you should watch it: because it scored 4 Golden Globe Awards and because it’s an outsider between so many big names. I, Tonya Tonya is Tonya Harding, the figure skater known as the first American woman to successfully land a triple axe that made headlines for the biggest sport scandal in the Usa. Why you should watch it: it’s not in the best picture short list, but Margot Robbie was so credible in Tonya Harding’s costumes that she scord her very first nomination for best leading role. Maybe she won’t conquer the award, but we hope it would be the first of a long series.  
Sneakers: 10 rules you need to know
28-02-2018 17:16:28
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Sneakers, sneakers…we’re so obsessed by sneakers! Once upon a time, someone even created the word “sneakerhead” to define people that are crazy about them. It’s been a few seasons now that sneakers are considered the coolest items to show at fashion shows or glam partes. Do you know which are the 10 rules to follow? Keep on reading, then.   Two classic silhouettes see traditional renditions. The CNY #SUPERSTAR and #CAMPUS land January 13th. A post shared by adidas Originals (@adidasoriginals) on Jan 5, 2018 at 10:46am PST   Don’t forget the classics: we love retro sneakers. Adidas Originals, for example decided to relaunch all its past icons, such as Superstar or Stan Smith. Vintage mood is not over yet!   Love the sneakers of the moment: chunky sneakers have been the 2017 never without…and 2018, as well. Archlight, Rython, Triple S: impossibile not to think about immediately to succesful Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Balenciaga, that so many people define “ugly”. You really need to get a pair of them, even the most affordable ones.   Discover sneakers from another world with the #LouisVuitton Spring-Summer 2018 Collection by @nicolasghesquiere, now available worldwide, in-store and at louisvuitton.com. #LVSS18 A post shared by Louis Vuitton Official (@louisvuitton) on Feb 23, 2018 at 8:34am PST   Match them with posh outfits: sneakers revival showed us the truth: we can be posh even with a air of sneakers at our feet. Somebody loves to wear them with a masculine suit, other prefer to match them with glamourous runway dresses or even on the red carpet. Better be comfortable if you want to be amazing, isn’t it?   Choose the right socks: next spring-summer socks, you surely already know it, will have an important role to make out outfits remarkable. Talking about sneakers, you can’t make mistakes: choose logo socks, according or constacting your sneakers brand.   Tag three of your best girls who would LOVE these Triple S Balenciaga PINK colourway ???????? #thesolewomens ???? By @genteroma A post shared by The Sole Womens (@thesolewomens) on Feb 23, 2018 at 10:03am PST   Focus on total white: white is “the” sneakers’ colour, so you’ll better ave at least one pair of white sneakers in your wardrobe. It’s not easy to mantain their purity, but it’s very easy to match them with everything.   Wear them: some sneakerhead thought that we can’t consider a sneaker a shoe that is not used. there are so many brands that get them a “used” treatment before the purchase, but hey: see our dearest sneakers get old with us, priceless.   Born to ball @miho_umeboshi A post shared by Outpump (@outpump) on Feb 15, 2018 at 3:45am PST   Be inspired by your favourite sport: basket, running, tennis… sport has invaded the streets, literally. All the sneakers that not long ago we used to wear only at the gym are now the coolest to wear outside. So, let’s take some inspiration from your favourite sport, but remember: never wear the sneakers that you really use to do sport at work, parties or whatever.   Wear neon and bright colours: next season, brightest colours will be our MVP. Don’t be afraid to surprise others, but also yourself, with colours like green, orange, red and fucsia… we bet you’ll fall in love with them.   A look at new #GucciAce sneakers with wool-lined interior and trim featuring a gold embroidered bee—an archival House code from the 1970s. #GucciCruise18 #AlessandroMichele A post shared by Gucci (@gucci) on Feb 17, 2018 at 4:00am PST   Big yes to special details: studs, fur, pearls… sneakers now are more embroidered than a dress. But actually, that’s why we fall in love with them.   Don’t say no to millennial pink: it’s the hottest colour in the past few years and all the millennials love the. If you don’t want to miss the chance to be on trend, let’s fall in love with this candy and sweet pink shade. If you absolutely don’t want to wear it on your dresses, sneakers are the perfect compromize.   Inspired by @nycballet. Worn by @selenagomez. Our En Pointe Collection was made for your every movement. Link in bio. #DoYou A post shared by PUMA (@puma) on Jan 23, 2018 at 7:09am PST
Celebrity closet: 3 accounts you can’t miss
15-01-2018 11:30:54
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We have a news for you: fashion lovers are more active than any other account on Instagram. According to Instagram Passions report, they visualize contents 5 times more, they like 3 times more and follow 2,5 accounts more than the average user. There’s nothing strange with that: fashion, actually, is made on social media, where you can find unexpected trends, niche brands and inspirations for your daily outfits. Our fave celebrities accounts are an endless source of fashion and beauty tips…and we’re sure that sometimes, when you like their posts, you wonder which is the brand behind that faboulous Chiara Ferragni‘s coat, those gorgeous Kendall Jenner‘s shoes or that amazing bag carried by Bella or Gigi Hadid. Luckliy, on Instagram, there’s a plenty of accounts committed to their style. We suggest you the best three…and don’t forget to follow them! #tbt Many of you have commented and DM us wondering what @chiaraferragni wore in this picture so here it is: @mango red vinyl trousers (available only in USA and currently sold out but available in black, link in bio ????) and @chiaraferragnicollection x @converse limited edition (sold out too!) sorry babes ???? #FerragniCloset #chiaraferragni A post shared by FerragniCloset (@ferragnicloset) on Dec 15, 2017 at 12:27am PST Ferragni Closet If you love Chiara Ferragni’s style, you have to follow Ferragni Closet. It’s updated with all the latest look from our favourite fashionista, plus it will give you many good tips to buy her fashion pieces online! @GigiHadid | December 20, 2017 | New York City, NYC – #GigiHadid wore this cozy @MaisonAtia Catherine Polka Dot Trench Coat. Cuuute! She also sported her @DrMartensOfficial Page Mix Boots (On Sale, $75) and @_Pawaka_ Duabelas 12 Sunglasses (Sold Out). Buying info can be found on #hadidscloset.com. LINK IN PROFILE A post shared by @ hadidscloset on Dec 23, 2017 at 10:42am PST Hadids Closet Since 2014, it’s the Hadid sisters fashion Bible. Bella and Gigi’s outfitf are analyzed carefully to give you the chance to know their favourite fashion items. Believe us, sometimes they’re more affordable than you can ever imagine! #KendallJenner | 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards | Beverly Hills, CA | January 7, 2018 | — @KendallJenner looks absolutely phenomenal in a stunning gown from @giambattistavalliparis #Fall2017 Couture! #GoldenGlobes. ???? She was styled by @marnixmarni! ???????? A post shared by Kendall Jenner Closet (@kendalljennercloset) on Jan 7, 2018 at 5:01pm PST Kendall Jenner Closet The coolest girl from Kardashian clan has an account committed to her style, too. There, you’ll discover that she usually wears Adidas sneakers, as the brand face but also for “family duties” (aka Kanye West Yeezy‘s brand), but she’s also obsessed by vintage denim pants and for Balenciaga clothes.
Pink Cloud: the new secret for your skin
12-01-2018 17:10:28
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Pink Cloud Cream: finally the perfect moisturizer has arrived! Herbivore Botanicals invented something that had never been created before: a lightweight, 100% natural, truly synthetic-free moisturizing cream with a dewy finish, and it’s pink! PINK CLOUD Rosewater Moisture Creme is now available online @sephora and @sephoracanada! A dreamy lightweight moisturizer that also smooths and plumps skin, Pink Cloud leaves a silky and slightly dewy finish. Perfect for all skin types – works great under make up or on its own. ☁️☁️☁️ #pinkcloudcreme #sephora #scoutedbysephora #skingoals A post shared by Herbivore Botanicals (@herbivorebotanicals) on Dec 21, 2017 at 8:28am PST This new cream easily blends into skin leaving it perfectly moisturized. Pink Cloud includes rosewater, aloe water, and white tea extract to moisturize, soothe and reduce appearance of redness. It hydrates, plumps and smooths skin leaving it with a glowing + slightly dewy finish. It is perfect under make-up or worn alone to let your skin breathe. Furthermore is perfect for all skin types. Herbivore products, they are all truly natural, vegan, and cruelty-free! Thank you for making Pink Cloud launch such a success this week! ☁️????????Some A's to your Q's: Pink Cloud is formulated for all skin types, including oily and blemish prone, and sensitive skin as well – yay! The texture is lightweight and non-greasy/sticky. The scent is rosy, 100% natural, very light/not overpowering and comes mostly from Rosewater, which is the base. Pink Cloud is great on its own as a daily moisturizer and can also be paired with any of our facial oils for added benefits. It will be available at @sephora (online) next week and coming to stores very soon- will keep you posted. ????Enjoy! And again, THANK YOU so much for making it such a great launch week! – Julia Herbivore Founder ☁️☁️☁️#pinkcloudcreme #herbivorebotanicals A post shared by Herbivore Botanicals (@herbivorebotanicals) on Dec 16, 2017 at 11:46am PST
Estée Lauder, the beauty boutique in Milan for makeup lovers
29-12-2017 14:20:55
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To all beauty addicts in Milan, there’s a new place in town to discover. Estée Lauder opened its first European flagship store in the iconic fashion city. The beauty boutique, located in Via Dante, is a true beauty and makeup lovers’ hotspot, which will give Milanese customers the chance to discover the brand philosophy and products, and experience exclusive beauty services. Actually, customers will be able to find their perfect foundation thanks to “Fondotinta perfetto” and I match foundation technology, have fun at the “Party mask” station, trying on Estée Lauder masks for free, and give a new light to their gaze with “Sopracciglia, che passione!”, the exclusive Brow bar, where you can learn to give a fresh look to your eyes, and a new styling to your eyebrows. Looking for new makeup ideas without wasting a drop of cleanser? Virtual makeover application YouCam on iPad will help you to get to know all the latest beauty trends, and have fun with the boldest shades. A few weeks ago, Valentina had the chance to meet Estée Lauder’s Global Beauty Director Violette at the big opening, and share an exclusive masterclass with her at the store… She even stole her some makeup secrets, and lots of beauty tips! We spent an entire day experiencing beauty in all its forms, and we celebrated it at the wonderful evening party, where brand ambassadors, makeup addicts and devoted customers got to experience Estée Lauder’s new Milanese house, and all its beauty secrets. You know, as Ms. Lauder said: “Every woman can be beautiful”… especially in Milan!
Holiday hair look: get inspired by red carpet and runways
15-12-2017 09:00:23
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Lights up! The countdown has begun, and all you need to do now is just enjoy the holidays, away from the madding crowds. This year, there is only one thing to do: shine, and take some time for yourself these holidays. Taking care of your clothing and makeup is very good, but it is not enough: you will also need a chic hair style that will grab some attention. Need inspiration? Well, look at red carpets and fashion shows for that: you’ll see that VOLUME is the way to go. Buns, beach waves and extra elegant braids are everywhere right now. We’re talking updos here, and when you want to play with those, you need perfect, healthy hair — from root to tip. A certain hairstyle can make us look stylish, but it definitely can’t hide damaged hair: you need to take some time to take care of your hair, and you should choose the right products to do that — products are your secret weapon. Have a bottle of Pantene 3 Minute Miracle handy, to hydrate your hair all the way, making your hair shiny, soft and glowing — try it, you will see! Your braids, no matter whether you choose fishtail or classic ones, or your large space buns, might be hard to copy, but once you do… They will give you a sophisticated allure that will guarantee that WOW effect you’re looking for. If you’re not sure about your hair styling, here is a last tip for you: just use a touch of Pantene Hairspray, and you can leave your mirror at home.. you won’t need to check your hair anymore! Ready to stun everyone with amazing, celebrity-like hair? Have a look at our gallery… and let the party begin!
Pre-shampoo, post-shampoo and overnight hair masks: find the best for you!
1-12-2017 10:02:43
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We’ve been saying this for months, actually, scratch that, for years! Haircare matters just as much as skincare does. So, if you think that shampoo and conditioner are enough to take care of your hair… You’re wrong. Hair masks are an essential step that should not be overlooked, since they deeply nourish your hair. Masks come in all shapes and sizes, some need to sit in your hair for 5 minutes, others for 20, and others… All night long! Of course, it all depends on the kind of mask you choose, and on your hair’s needs. Pre-shampoo masks are the ones you apply onto your hair before washing, and it’s everyone’s favourite, simply because it’s easily manageable, and because it seems to give many of us the feeling of nurturing our hair more deeply, giving them a beautiful shine in the process. The secret definitely lies in the list of ingredients: it’s totally possible to make your own hair mask, using olive oil and honey, or egg whites. Post-shampoo masks are the best ones to untangle your hair. Some work their magic super quickly, while others will need to sit in your hair for a little longer — and we already gave you a few tips on how to spend your precious time while you wait for your mask to work! Last but not least, the newcomers: night hair masks. Some of them come in a sort of tissue mask, whose shape looks a lot like a shower cap. Alternatively, just make sure you find an effective way to wrap your hair and protect your pillowcase, and there you go: these night hair creams will pamper and nurture your hair while you sleep, and after you rinse it all off in the morning, your hair will look amazing. The only potential downside to this kind of mask is that some of us might be bothered by feeling like they are sleeping with wet hair. Whether you go for pre-shampoo masks, all-night masks or masks you apply in the shower, the message is the same: don’t forget your hair mask, and apply one at least every two weeks.
Bangs, yes or no? Get the answer from the Fall Winter 2017-2018 catwalks
24-11-2017 09:54:29
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That moment, when you wonder whether you should get bangs or not… It comes about twice a year: sometimes we really feel like changing our haircut, but we are also unsure as to whether bangs would look good on us, and that stops us from actually changing our look. This Fall Winter 2017-2018, we saw some truly adorable bangs at the shows that work for all kinds of features. So, what will it be? Bangs, yes or no? LONG, REGULAR BANGS Emporio Armani cuts bangs on long, straight hair. This works for those of us who have a square jaw, and it will tone down stronger features. It’s also perfect if you want to hide a wide forehead and other little flaws, and it will focus everyone’s attention on your eyes. LONG BANGS, WITH A MIDDLE PARTING This looks lovely on round and oval faces, and it’s perfect for messy hair lovers, as we saw at the Akris and Annakiki shows. IRREGULAR FRINGE This looks good on pretty much any kind of features and works well with curly hair, as we saw at the Alberta Ferretti, Marni, Dries van Noten and Shoji shows. SHORT FRINGE It looks like it’s straight out of the 1950s, it can be messy, or perfectly straight and geometric. This will beautifully frame rounder faces, as we saw looking at the models of the Wanda Nylon show. If you’re thinking about getting bangs — for the umpteenth time! — show your hairdresser the image of your favorite kind of bangs, and make friends with your round brush and your hairdryer… You will be spending a lot of time together!
Aromatherapy: the perfect treatment for those times you feel tired and worn out!
22-11-2017 10:49:42
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It’s kinda hard to describe an 80-minute massage: you can try to imagine what it does for your body and mind before you actually try it, but trust me, your imagination won’t even get close to reality. Our One Thousand and One Nights-like experience took place at the Hotel Cavalieri in Rome, which just introduced aromatherapy to its bouquet of treatments. Aromatherapy combines the benefits of the aromas of essential oils getting used during treatment with the well-being that is typical of massage therapy. Aromatherapy is beneficial for three reasons: aromas stimulate your sense of smell, which in turn activates the left half of your brain, tapping into your more emotional self; secondly, applying essential oils onto your skin will relax your muscles, purify your system and increase your blood flow; finally, the wise hands of your therapist will maximize the benefits you can get from the first two elements we already mentioned. The result will be a deep feeling of wellbeing for both your body and mind, tailored for your very needs. The therapist will make sure you get the right kind of treatment by having a short talk with you first, during which you will discuss what points you will really need to work on. In our case, it was all about stress management, and our need for extra energy, to tackle complex situations in our lives that were sapping our mental and physical energies. After an 80-minute massage which, we must confess, relaxed us to the point of making us fall asleep, we felt like we were reborn. This kind of massage is perfectly suitable for both men and women, and it will involve your entire body, including your scalp and your hair: after the treatment, you will almost feel like you are in a relaxed trance state, which will give you all the energy you’ll need, and which gifted us with wonderful hours of sleep in the rooms of the Roma Cavalieri hotel. The next day, we woke up feeling happy and energized, ready for future challenges!
The 5 best places for street food in Rome
21-11-2017 10:20:48
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Street food is an art, and it’s becoming easier and easier to find throughout Italy, winning more and more fans: this quick, convenient and useful way to serve traditional Italian dishes is more popular than ever, even among the most skeptical of us. We talked about street food in Milan multiple times on The Blonde Salad, so this time, we are going to share some tips about our favorite places in Rome, where street food has been a thing for a while. So, write down the location of these 5 places and… bon appetit!   1. Dar Ciriola (Via Pausania, 2) If you don’t speak Italian — or Roman, actually! — you probably have no idea what a ciriola is: and that is a pity, because it’s one of Rome’s most beloved snacks! So, what is it exactly, then? Well, it’s a kind of panino, and if you go to Dar Ciriola, you can get creative, and make all sorts of panini, stuffed with anything you want! 2. Trapizzino (Piazzale Ponte Milvio) Next! Now it’s all about trapizzino, a bland of tramezzini (triangular sandwiches, made with soft white bread) and pizza dough. Once again, the only rule is to put as much stuff into your sandwich as you wish, to your heart’s desire. The cool thing is, you will be able to choose your filling from truly Roman fare here: tripe, coda alla vaccinara (oxtail stew), and caponata (cooked vegetable salad.) Yuuuuum! 3. Er Buchetto (Via del Viminale, 2) Don’t even think of leaving Rome without trying their typical panino with porchetta (boneless pork roast)! You just can’t do that. This typical Italian osteria is the perfect place to try this: enjoy it while sitting at one of their tables, having your sandwich with a glass of red. 4. Dar Filettaro (Largo dei Librai, 88) Dar this, Er that… All of these places’ names are in Roman dialect, and that might be the reason why they seem to give you that warm, fuzzy feeling when you walk in. It’s definitely a feeling you’ll get when you walk into this trattoria, which specializes in excellent fried cod fillets — the perfect street food, to take away and enjoy while you stroll around the city! 5. Dar Maritozzaro (via Ettore Rolli, 50) After all these savoury snacks, don’t you suddenly feel like you want a sweet? Well, then, that means you are ready for a maritozzo, a large croissant filled with whipped cream. And get ready, these guys serve extra large portions! Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash
MCM: 5 things you should know about Jonathan Groff, Mindhunter’s lead character
20-11-2017 10:10:28
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Although he’s been acting for some time, his name is everywhere online right now, as in the last few weeks. Jonathan Groff, American actor, currently on Netflix with TV show Mindhunter, is our Man of the week. Ready to get to know him a little better? Well, here are 5 fun facts about him! 1. Coming out Jonathan was brave enough to come out in 2009, when it was still rather uncommon to come out very openly, and most of all, he did so before his acting career even started, showing everyone that what really matters to him is the freedom to be himself, even more than his professional life. 2. Career Groff is without a doubt totally versatile, and he started out as a stage actor who featured in very engaged plays. After that, he moved on to TV, and later on to cinema. Wondering what his most significant work was? He was in Glee, American Sniper and he was a voice actor in Frozen! 3. He’d rather be on a couch than on a red carpet Despite a top career, despite getting invited to Hollywood’s most prestigious events, our MCM of the week recently confessed he doesn’t like red carpets and gala nights all that much… He much prefers being on the couch, nice and comfy, rather than be surrounded by the flash of photographers left and right. 4. No social! Another unusual thing about Jonathan is the fact he has no social network profiles he actually manages himself — although there are dozens of pages out there that are ran by his fans. Yes… Jonathan Groff definitely sounds like he is straight from another era! 5. His latest work: Mindhunter Jonathan is on Netflix right now, with a new TV show named Mindhunter — which is most definitely the TV show of the year, according to many critics. We can’t wait to see him in action, in his role as an FBI agent.
Spend a day discovering the unconventional face of Rome
16-11-2017 10:17:59
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We all think we know everything about Rome: the Coliseum, the Imperial Fora, its thousand churches, its parks and all its little secrets. Still, even those of us who feel like Rome is their second home, and locals themselves, regularly end up being surprised by just how much the city has to offer, not only regarding its past, but also its present. We went on a day tour, on a mission to discover the contemporary, original face of Rome, letting those people who make it modern and ever-changing win our hearts. Drop by the barber’s. It looks like just the kind of store where time miraculously stops the moment you step in, but once you walk in, you will realize that this place is actually looking ahead. Genco’s barber shop is hosted in the palazzo della Scimmia, one of Rome’s most ancient palaces, and it was born as the natural evolution of an old barber’s shop: the sign hanging outside the shop is original and it’s been there since the 16th century, it’s even protected by the Italian ministry of Fine Arts! Genco took the expertise of an old barber shop and worked its alchemy, transforming it into a relaxing oasis for contemporary gentlemen. Using extremely high-quality products from all over Europe, they offer finely tailored services to anyone who decides it’s time to treat themselves to a moment of well-being. Fun fact: Eat Pray Love was shot here! Hardworking hands. Just a few steps away from the palazzo della Scimmia, you will find another historical courtyard which hosts another artisanal boutique, sculpting past, present and future into metal. Dante is the keeper of the Mortet family tradition, who have been chiselling for six generations, producing pieces that made history, such as the pen that the Pope used to sign the Pacem in Terris encyclical letter. Dante’s idea is to spread the knowledge of the art of chiselry among people, and he is doing so with his Mano Artigiana (Artisanal Hand) project, chiselling the hands of famous artists from the film, music and sports industry in metal. It is wonderful to sit in his time-honored workshop and listen to his stories, so intimate and so revealing, just like somebody’s hands can be. This is how you also end up meeting people who dream of a different future, such as Cosima and Stefano D’Inzillo, founders of a brand of the same name, who are working on a project that blends Dante’s talent with the will to create an exclusive product that looks more like a sculpture than a fashion object: a series of brass minaudières, decorated by cheetahs. Holding the hands of celebrities like Scorsese, Tarantino and Anjelica Huston will feel like a true treat. A night at the museum. This took a a two-year renovation effort, but the results are truly exceptional: the Aleph hotel, whose building used to host a bank, manages to blend the charm of ancient Rome with its more modern face, in an interplay of old and new that can be seen in marble, onyx, prestigious woods and Italian furniture. The hotel often hosts art openings of contemporary artists: right now, it’s hosting a permanent collection featuring many different authors, on every hotel floor. This is an excellent reason to go test the Onyx Bar, named after its spectacular onyx bar, an absolute must see. Your treat here? Their spa, which you will access by walking through the former bank vault. Awesome! After a day discovering the more hidden, unusual charms of Rome, treat yourself to a classic, in one of the city’s more historical places: Casina Valadier, which is turning 200 this year. Enjoy the chef’s dishes, with the capital’s skyline at your feet… We promise you will be left speechless, and not just because you’ll be busy with food!
WCW: 5 things you should know about Joann Van Den Herik, the Hadid clan’s little cousin
15-11-2017 10:05:44
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There is a dynasty in the world of fashion which is boldly establishing its rule, with a clear plan to last forever: the Hadid family. Gigi, Bella and Anwar are already very famous, but there is one more member of the family that is grabbing media attention more and more often, as she grows up: Joann Van Den Herik, 18 years old, cousin of the Hadid models, and our WCW of the week. Let’s get to know her a little better with these 5 fun facts. 1. Family first Joann was born and raised in the Netherlands, where she still lives. To be precise, she is the daughter of Gigi and Bella’s mother Yolanda’s brother, but you knew that much already. The young girl loves her family, and her Instagram profile is packed with photos snapped with her cousins, her aunt and her father. Family first, then. 2. Proudly curvy If you’re expecting her to share the same body type as Gigi Hadid, think again, because Joann is famous for her curvy, beautiful body, and she is very proud of it. The Dutch girl posts inspirational photos on her IG profile every day, encouraging her peers not to be ashamed of their flaws, and we think using a tool like Instagram for something so socially meaningful is very honorable. 3. Special qualities: bilingual Yolanda’s family went international, emigrating from the Netherlands to go and seek their fortune in the US. This change had (positive) repercussions on the rest of the family, which stayed in Europe: for instance, Joann had to learn excellent English to be able to communicate with her beloved cousins. So, Joann is not only very beautiful, she is also bilingual! 4. YouTube Vlogger Joann is only 18 and she’s already showing multiple talents: she avoids using the name of her super famous cousins to gain in popularity, and actually, she also has her own YouTube channel, on which she shares her life, with stories of life as a plus size models to her adventures with her boyfriend. Her blog has been gaining more and more followers lately! 5. How to hate summer Joann spent her entire life hating summer! How can a teenage girl possibly hate summer? Well, as is often the case, weight is the problem: Joann said she used to love winter because it allowed her to cover up as much as possible. Luckily, Joann became more self-confident while growing up, and she learned to enjoy summer… As every young girl should!
No-yellow shampoo: why you should use it even if you’re a brunette
13-11-2017 10:15:53
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We know what you’re thinking: how can a no-yellow shampoo have anything to do with a brunette? We didn’t suddenly go crazy, we promise. Here’s why non-blondes should also use it! No-yellow shampoo comes in a blue-purple shade, it works on bleached, treated and grey hair, and it’s made to stop your hair from turning to that really unpretty, dirty yellow shade which often appears on your hair a while after treatment. By doing this, this shampoo helps your hair keep its beautiful, light glow. No-yellow shampoo should only be used once a week, as an alternative to your regular shampoo, and it should sit in your hair for about 3 to 5 minutes. In addition to preventing your hair from turning to that really unattractive shade of yellow, no-yellow shampoo will nourish your hair, making it super soft. It’s not a hair dye, so don’t worry about its bold color, but also make sure you rinse your hands (and your bathtub or shower) very carefully after use: the pigment in there is so strong it might stain your hands or your furniture. Let’s get to the main point, though: if you’re a brunette, and you really don’t like those copper streaks that occasionally appear in your hair, making it look washed out, this product will solve the problem by making your unwanted copper streaks a lot less visible. This hack will also save you a hairdye or two, allowing you to wait a little longer, until the copper streaks in your hair just feel like too much. Disclaimer: this shampoo is also occasionally called “silver” shampoo, since it’s designed to give your hair a colder undertone. If you love your honey or golden hair color, well, stay away from it!
Bomber jackets: when military fashion bursts into civilian daily life
13-11-2017 10:15:00
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Everyone loves a good uniform. And we don’t mean men in a uniform, don’t get us wrong, we’re talking about fashion here! If you look at the last 30 years of fashion, you will also notice that our closets got more and more crowded with clothing items that were originally for the military, and that slowly became everyday items for all of us. Some of them even came to be seen as total must haves, essential, eternal pieces for our look. Bomber jackets are one of these pieces: Alpha Industries originally designed these jackets for American Air Force pilots — its original name, MA-1, almost sounds like the name of a weapon. Its original design is also behind some of the bomber jacket’s characteristics you can still see today, like its orange lining: orange was chosen because it would make pilots more visible in case of a plane crash. During the 1980s, bomber jackets stopped being exclusively worn by pilots and became pretty commonplace everywhere, and especially over the past year, they really became a center piece of all true fashionistas’ closets. This is why we also decided to release our very own bomber jackets, together with Alpha Industries, the brand that originally designed bomber jackets for the American military. Our bomber jackets come in three colors, burgundy, black and camouflage green: the latter is the same color as the original design for the American Air Force. Only available on #ShopTheBlondeSalad!
Designers to know: Maison Cléo
10-11-2017 13:43:24
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Cléo and Marie, the mother-daughter pair who are showing everyone on social media that sustainable fashion is the way to go, with weekly flash sales selling out in less than an hour. So what’s their secret? It’s obviously about the challenge of buying one of the few items available every week, but it’s even more about their products and their message making it all even more captivating. Their Agnès blouse is that top everyone needs to wear in summer: 100% cotton, with wide sleeves and a romantic fit, it’s handmade by Cléo in northern France, like all of their items. This might be their iconic design, but if you look at their Instagram, you will see lots of other clothing, all sharing the same beautiful French silhouette, worn and beloved by girls like Emily Ratajkowski, Leandra Medine and basically all of the Vogue editors in this world! Their strategy is to offer an exclusive, quality product, only using organic fabrics, like cotton, linen and silk. Believe it or not, they manage to design and offer 20 to 25 items to choose from every single week — all available online, and all handmade. The result of this strategy? All products sell out in less than an hour every week, and a lot of us have to sit and wait until next week! They want to push the idea of fashion transparency, meaning that all their labels will clearly state production costs, as well as their markup. Choosing honest pricing is a good way to attract customers, showing them that unlike other brands, their markup is not particularly high… Seems like a good reason to follow them and become one of their top clients, doesn’t it?Their story is part of what makes them a super interesting brand for us: Marie, manager at Vestiere Collective, decided to launch her own made in France brand, and asked her mother to help her carry out her plan. Is this mother and daughter team showing a new way for fashion? We think they are, and we are happy to push the trend of buying their new clothes ???? We are already queuing up for their online shop opening next Wednesday… Aren’t you?
2 days in Marrakech with Chiara
10-11-2017 08:24:03
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Temperatures have definitely dropped and our summer days at the beach feel like a distant memory. So, what better way to welcome the colder days of Fall than to go to Marrakech on a city break? Chiara thought so too, which is why she visited the beautiful Moroccan capital with Revolve for two days. Here was her program, between suks and dinners in the desert. DAY 1 After checking into the enchanting resort of La Mamounia, Chiara enjoyed a Moroccan-style lunch at the El Fenn restaurant, surrounded by carpets and large colorful cushions. The afternoon flew incredibly fast, exploring Marrakech’s main market area for a few hours. Isn’t it always a pleasure to watch people live their daily lives? In the evening, Chiara went back to La Mamounia, and had dinner at the hotel’s amazing restaurant. DAY 2 How wonderful to wake up in an enchanting place like Marrakech! After a great breakfast, Chiara went to visit the new, beautiful YSL Museum, and the Majorelle gardens, enjoying the relaxed, special ambience created by this unique blend of colors and nature. In the 1960s, this location enchanted Yves Saint Laurent too, who bought up the place and moved here. Having lunch here is an incredibly charming experience, and Chiara had a light lunch at the cafè before moving on to her afternoon activity — a camel ride, to enjoy the view of the desert from a special, privileged perspective. Once you find yourself in such a magical place, what else can you do but have candlelight dinner? And that was how Chiara wrapped up her 2 days in Marrakech… How about you? Have you booked your trip already?
Holographic makeup for unicorn fans
9-11-2017 09:54:33
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If they told us, when we were kids, that unicorns would have been in our lives when we grow up, too, we probably would have thought those big people were trying to fool us. But that is just the way it is: all you need to feel like you live in a world full of rainbows is a bit of unicorn-like makeup. We’re talking about holographic makeup, one of the most colorful and beautiful makeup styles we can think of. All you need to do is follow our tips and have the right products at hand. Keep reading if you love unicorns! BASE: There is only one keyword here: highlighter. Whether it’s foundation, primer, powder, bronzer, blush or an actual highlighter… Apply liberally! EYES: The secret lies in using pastel colors. You can choose to blend different shades of the same color, or mix two different colors that work well together, like baby blue and pink. Glitter, pigments and holographic eyeshadows are the absolute champions of this kind of makeup, but if you want to get even more colorful and cinematic, you can also draw a line with eyeliners of different colors. Top it all off with a touch of colored mascara. LIPS: Purple, pink, lilac, baby blue and green: all the colors of the rainbow are acceptable. We could also just apply some glitter and rhinestones onto our lips, like Gucci did at the 2017-2018 Fall Winter shows. There are just no limits for this sweet, magical look. It’s hypnotic and artistic, as we saw on the images and tutorial of the most famous makeup artists right now. There’s nothing else we can do but get inspired now!
Food museums around the world, from fries to noodles
9-11-2017 09:37:12
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“Museums are boring!” How many times did we have to hear these words? Museums come in different shapes and sizes, though, and we bet you’ll also find one that you like: we made a list of the coolest food museums in the world, which are not only very interesting, they are also educational, and they will give you the chance to better discover the tradition of the country you’re visiting. While we wait for the opening of the Tiramisù museum in Treviso, Italy, here are 7 places you can visit until then.   Tiramisù Museum, Treviso, Italy This museum has been the talk of town and finally something is actually happening, in this corner of Northern Italy. Treviso will host a permanent exhibition about tiramisù soon, and those who love this dish will be able to discover all about the past and the future of this sweet. Can I eat a tiramisù model, if I suddenly get hungry? French Fries Museum – Frietmuseum – Bruges, Belgium If paradise really exists, we are pretty sure it’s shaped like a French fry. And if it isn’t, luckily you can visit this museum in Belgium, where fries are truly revered. This exhibition space is dedicated to the story of potatoes and French fry production in Belgium, and it is hosted in one of Bruges’ most beautiful buildings. Currywurst Museum – Berlin, Germany Germany’s national pride is so strong that it even dedicated a whole museum to the most famous of its traditional sausages, Currywurst. Go there to discover more about the history of wurst, and to check out their sausage-inspired furniture! Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum – Yokohama, Japan Ramen lovers, get ready because this Japanese museum will shake you to the core. The museum visit will involve all your senses, and it’s all about the typical piping hot noodle soup you see everywhere in the country. Momofuku Ando Instant Noodles Museum – Yokohama, Japan Stay in Yokohama a little longer: Japan has a lot of traditions to dedicate museums to, in the land of the Rising Sun, so here is another museum for foodies who would like to get to know more about Japanese people. This museum is all about noodles! Cheese Museum Amsterdam, the Netherlands This will be no news to cheese lovers: the Netherlands have a large amount of cheeses with a unique flavour, and every town has a typical kind of cheese, with a certain taste and texture, such as Gouda, Edam, Leerdammer, Leydon, Maaslander, Maasdam, for instance. You’ll find them all in this museum! Olive Oil Museum – Sparta, Greece Everyone can be proud about something different, and for Greeks, it’s olive oil. This museum will give you the chance to discover the history of olive trees, and of olive oil production in Greece.
Natural shampoo: pros and cons
8-11-2017 10:02:37
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I admit it, I always used regular shampoo to wash my hair because, despite having straight hair, frizz is always a danger for me during the cold season. I always very naively assumed that only certain kinds of products would manage to keep my hair perfect and manageable even with heavy rain… Until somebody challenged me to use natural shampoo for a month, so I decided to give it a try, and decided to only wash my hair with silicon and paraben-free shampoos and conditioners. Now, after a month, I am ready to tell you all about the pros and cons of my experience. PRO: Natural shampoo just feels fantastic! Its fragrance is delicate and sweet, and it makes me think of a spa and a prairie at the same time. Natural shampoos produce quite a bit of foam with just one application, after drying my hair, I found it made my hair smooth and soft, with no effort. I also noticed that the longer I used this shampoo, the stronger my hair got, looking healthier and healthier, and growing faster. What really did it for me, though, was how long my hair stayed clean: it stayed clean really long, up to 4 days! And believe me, in a large city like Milan, this almost feels like a miracle! CONS: I was right on one thing: your hairstyle won’t last if the air is too humid, not even after you work it with a hairdryer, a brush and a straightener. The only way to get rid of frizz is using an anti-frizz primer or finishing spray, which would totally work against any idea you might have of only using natural products. Another con is about natural conditioners: they don’t really make your hair softer or easier to manage, and you often feel like you need to use up half a jar or bottle to actually feel its effect on your hair! So, overall, my verdict is mostly positive… Unless it is raining, of course! Even as a fan of rather chemical-heavy products, though, I can definitely tell you I fell in love with natural shampoos that aren’t aggressive on your hair, and that make your hair just as beautiful as a shampoo full of silicones would. I am pretty sure you’ll want to test natural shampoo now… Or did you use it already? One way or another, make sure you don’t miss the gallery, where you will see some of the hair detergents I tested. Let us know what you think!
WCW: Linnea Berthelsen, another member of Stranger Things 2’s winning team
8-11-2017 09:41:44
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Please, don’t think we are boring just because we are choosing someone from the cast of Stranger Things 2 as our Woman Crush again! It’s not our fault if this year’s cast is full of interesting people! 24-year-old Linnea Berthelsen is our crush of the week, thanks to her role as Eight in the über popular American TV show. Let’s get to know her a little better by discovering 5 interesting facts about her!   1. From Denmark, with… Talent Linnea was born in Denmark, and she lived there until she moved to the UK just a few years ago. What made her decide to move, then? Her passion and her love, not for a man, but for acting! Linnea moved to London to go to acting school. 2. What an audition! When Linnea’s Danish agent called her to tell her about the open role in the cast of Stranger Things, the actress had no idea of what Stranger Things was all about. Her agent suggested she watches the show, and she binged on the whole first season Inge one day. She was so fascinated by the series that she decided to prepare for an audition herself, filming herself improving some scenes, sending her videos to the producers in the US. And it immediately worked… Well played, Linnea, best audition ever! 3. What sort of outfit is that?!? Berthelsen often said she’s not exactly a fashion buff, and what matters to her when she chooses an outfit is that it feels comfortable, allowing her to blend in. This young woman actually loves dressing super casually, even with fitness clothing, sometimes… So if she feels the sudden urge to go to the gym, she will be ready! 4. Hobbies and passions Fashion is not her thing, but Linnea has a lot of other hobbies that fill her days. Even though her profession keeps her very busy every day, Berthelsen loves dancing and watching history and marine biology documentaries! Definitely unusual, that’s for sure! 5. Two essential tips for success! Linnea is a young successful woman, and she always followed two rules to get great results: working hard and being curious. According to Linnea, these are the two essential rules you should follow if you want to become an actress, and she encourages other young women to do the same. Considering her results, we’d better listen!
Beauty Brand 2 Know: Skyn ICELAND
7-11-2017 14:03:52
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Sarah Kugelman is a career woman who decided to take care of her own skincare and healthcare, to fight stress. Taking care of her needs to find psychological and physical balance and of her passion for beauty gave her the chance to finally get rid of her chronic stress issues, and live the life she always wished for. Her trip to Iceland was fundamental for her, as she personally experienced the deep well-being that this amazing place inspires Skyn ICELAND is the name of Sarah’s skincare brand, which she founded in 2004. The formulas are inspired by the power of nature, and their main aim is to reduce the negative effects of stress. Stress makes your skin look washed out, and it also causes acne, irritation, dryness and lines. Skyn ICELAND products fortify, soothe and nourish your skin, reestablishing its natural balance. These creams and masks have Iceland’s natural elements within them, such as super fruits, clean air and ice water. If you visualize this ice-cold place after all, tranquility and peace of mind are probably the first things to come to mind, and these two feelings are included in the Icelandic word “skyn”. The brand’s concept is to gently take care of your body, pampering it and regenerating it, getting rid of the negative effects of stress with small gestures, like applying serum on your face, or washing it with a delicate wash. We tested their Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels and our only comment is, WOW. After only 10 minutes wearing it, our dark circles were gone, and our eyes looked so rested, and utterly beautiful. What else do you need?
5 places to enjoy excellent truffle in Milan
7-11-2017 09:57:23
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If you’re also feeling a little low after the end of daylight saving time and the start of early sunsets, if you also feel like you really, really dislike Fall… Well, all you can do is still try to see the bright side. Because it’s TRUFFLE season, hurrah! Yes, who cares about the lack of sunlight? Just eat lots of truffle, and life will be beautiful again. If you’re in Milan and you don’t know where to go, here is our guide!   Ten Grams (Via della Moscova) Truffle as fast food! Yep, that’s right. This place just recently opened, and it is the first that manages to make this world-famous kind of mushroom — because truffles are mushrooms, even if they grow underground — affordable for all. Their menu includes anything from sandwiches to tagliolini, and their excellent prices will truly surprise you: they are very competitive, especially in comparison with other truffle places in Milan. Osteria Da Francesca (Viale Argonne, 32) An old family-run restaurant, whose two owners shared their expertise with their son. You will be able to try specialties from Lombardia and Piedmont here, regions where truffles are everywhere this season. If you’re planning to go at the weekend, don’t forget that it’s closed on Sunday! Tartufotto (Via Cusani, 8) After two more relaxed, cozier tips, here we are with a more upscale location which prepares mouthwatering truffle, included in typically Italian dishes, exclusively prepared with ingredients grown within Italy. Need a tip? Their beef tartare with dried fruits and scamorza filtrate is amazing! Tartufi & Friends (Corso Venezia, 18) This 250sqm restaurant is right in the city center, and it’s perfect for anyone who needs a classy break, or an original aperitif. Their menu is obviously truffle-based, and it is often accompanied by wine tasting. If you go for dinner, save some space for their amazing vanilla, pine nut, fig and honey ice cream with truffle! Ristorante Piazza Repubblica (via Aldo Manuzio 11) Every Fall, this place switches its menu to truffle-based fare exclusively, and truffle is suddenly everywhere — it’s like magic! Piazza only serves fresh, high-quality truffle, and they love white truffles especially: it’s everywhere, from starters to desserts. It’s a true journey of the senses, all around the world of the tastiest product this season!
Man Crush Monday: 5 things you should know about Cordell Brodaus
6-11-2017 11:56:03
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New Monday, new Man Crush! Today we’ll tell you all about Cordell Brodaus, Snoop Dogg’s second-born son, also known as Lil’ Snoop. The man made the news lately because of a small public spat with the Jenner sisters, and because he recently declared he wants to start working in the film industry. So, curious to find out whether his father Snoop and he are alike  at all? Here we go.   1. Football: Dad’s passion, or Cordell’s? Cordell, supported by his father Snoop Dogg, dedicated lots of time and energy to American football since he was only 6 years old, performing well enough to be hired by UCLA Bruines in 2015, for 40 million dollars. Not bad, right? Despite that, after just a year, Cordell quit his American football career and started pursuing other interests, saying that until then he had only been playing “to live his father’s dream”. Once he realized that his father will love him no matter whether he becomes a great American football player or not, Cordell felt free to follow his own dreams, which took him really far from the world of professional sports. 2. Personal stylist and young entrepreneur Fashion is one of Cordell’s main interests, that is for sure. He often declared he likes to personally take care of Snoop Dogg’s style, encouraging his father to wear jeans in a size that actually fits him, rather than huge, oversize ones. Cordell doesn’t only take care of his father’s clothes, he also works on his dad’s image: after he noticed that many influencers, such as Kyle Jenner, started wearing T-shirts depicting his father, without his father getting any money from it, he decided that this should change. This is why he created a Snoop Dogg-themed capsule collection for Joyrich. The collection was hugely successful, also thanks to the show that Cordell organized for Father’s Day, together with his father and brother, and even his grandfather! 3. Taking over the catwalks… After entering the fashion world as a designer, Cordelle recently joined the ultra-famous Wilhelmina Models model agency, founded in Manhattan in 1967. Once again, he turned his passion into a profession! This was how he ended up on Dolce & Gabbana’s runway in Milan, and Philipp Plein’s in New York. In NY, Cordell showed up with a special guest… 4. …with his grandfather! That’s right: Poppa Snoop, Snoop Dogg’s father, totally caught Philipp Plein’s eye. You might be wondering how that could possibly be. Well, the German designer noticed Grandpa Snoop when he accompanied his grandchild to the casting for his shows, and all of a sudden, Grandpa found himself on PP’s catwalk. “I only came here as a chaperone, and ended up getting 2k followers in two days!” said Poppa Snoop, backstage. Grandfather and grandchild dressed up in sneakers and leather jackets, and strode down the catwalk together, for the most rock’n’roll show of the fashion month! 5. His future is different Despite his recent success in the fashion world, Cordell’s main aspiration is to become a film producer. Despite limited experience — so far, he only produced a videoclip for Snoop Dogg’s “Toss It” — Cordell has very clear ideas and objectives. Fashion is only a way to be well known by large audiences for him: his dream is to produce Marvel-style movies, and films with good storylines. Snoop would love to tell Poppa Snoop’s story in a movie: he is a Vietnam war veteran, and Cordell would like his story to be at the center of his first production.
Buzz cuts and short haircuts? Who looks good with a pixie cut or a shaved head?
6-11-2017 11:44:26
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Demi Moore was a buzz cut icon in GI Jane twenty years ago, and today, it’s all about Eleven in Stranger Things. It might be that trends come in cycles, or perhaps that strong personalities don’t need to hide behind a long mane, but short hair is back, both on the catwalks, where models completely shave off their hair, and among celebrities — like Cara Delevingne and Kristen Stewart — who sport buzz haircuts on red carpets. And then there’s the pixie cut which is always trendy. Of course, short and very short hair won’t look good on just about anyone, so we talked about it with Giampaolo Gori from Roots, who shared all the secrets you need to know to find out whether short hair would suit you, which cut is best for you, and how to manage your hair after you cut it. WHAT IS MY HAIR LIKE? Rather thin hair is the best kind of hair for pixie styles: it won’t require too much attention, and it will stay more manageable. If your hair is thick, it will look big when it grows, which means that you will need to cut it a lot more often. WHO LOOKS BEST WITH SHORT HAIR? Short hair cuts look good on people with petite, triangular faces, with high cheekbones and a harmonious proportion between cheekbones and jaws. SHOULD I COLOR MY HAIR? Short hair looks good with very bold colors that will create a contrast with your skin. If you’re blonde and you want a buzz cut, you should tone your hair, going for the most artificial blonde you can think of; if your hair is dark, you want to make your hair color as intense as can be. As for pixie haircuts, use colors to play with layers, create depth, and to mark the difference between roots and tips. WHAT KIND OF PIXIE HAIRCUT IS BEST FOR ME? The most popular right now is the totally symmetrical one, with short bangs, that leaves your forehead clear. A few years ago, bangs were the most prominent feature of pixie haircuts, but that’s changed now. HOW MUCH EFFORT WILL MY HAIR BE AFTER I CUT IT? Buzz cuts are obviously easy to manage: just make sure you shave your hair often enough, and that’s it. Good shampoo is essential for taking care of pixie haircuts, as is good hair wax, which will help you “sculpt” your hairdo. Our tip is to liberally apply wax starting from the roots, so that you can make your hair look more dynamic starting from there, and to apply no wax at all on the tips for your hair. As for cutting, it changes for everyone, but every month and a half, perhaps two, is the most likely frequency you’ll need.
5 amazing landscapes worldwide you can admire from a helicopter
3-11-2017 11:03:31
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Everyone probably wonders what the landscapes around them would look like when seen from above, from time to time. All things considered, looking at things from another perspective helps us appreciate all the things that seem unchanged when we look at them with our bare eyes, making us more aware of the beauty that surrounds us. This is why we decided to write a list of the most beautiful places you can admire from above, for a unique experience you will treasure all your life. So, buckle up, and get ready to take off!   ICELAND. Volcanic craters and white plains, as far as the eye can see. This is what Iceland, the land of fire and ice, looks like. If you are planning a trip to this untouched island, don’t miss the chance to see the landscapes where Game of Thrones and Oblivion were shot, from above! Tours all start at Reykjavik airport, from which you will reach the lunar landscapes outside the capital, such as the geothermal area near Seltun, and the famous, iconic Blue Lagoon. If you are adventurous, we recommend the south-eastern corner of the island, where you will see the snow-white beauty of the greatest glacier in Europe, the immense Vatnajökull. Rest assured… You will not see landscapes like this that easily ever again! GRAND CANYON. From the ice cold beauty of the North, let’s move on to the dry heat of Arizona, to admire the rocky shades of the Grand Canyon. There are many tours you can choose from, but we recommend skipping the most touristy areas, and go take unusual photos of Lake Powell and of the Horseshoe Bend, the famous location where the Colorado river makes a sharp U-turn. Let the colors of the desert enchant you, and follow the stream of water that digs through these beautiful, mountainous gorges: if you decide to fly at sunset, you’ll definitely fall in love with the place! NEW YORK. Could the Big Apple possibly be missing from our list? Of course not! Even though flying over Manhattan was forbidden after 9/11, you can still see the skyline of NYC from another special perspective. With the waters of the East or Hudson river beneath you, you will have the chance to see the City of Lights in its entirety, enjoying unforgettable views, and most of all, seeing the skyline from a different perspective from the one you’d have from the Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock. This experience will make your stay in New York unique and spectacular! LAKE MAGGIORE. Italy earned its Bel Paese nickname — beautiful country — for a reason! This time, we recommend going to the North, to admire the wonders of the Gardens of Europe, the area of the Maggiore and Orta lakes, beloved by aristocrats, from above. Feast your eyes on the charms of the Borromean Isles, the Castles of Cannero, of Stresa and Pella, and finish off this exciting ride with an aperitif on top of the Mottarone mountain, enjoying the 360 -degree view of the Monte Rosa and the Maritime Alps. ZAMBIA. Looking for an altermnative to your usual, classic safari? Stepping onto a helicopter in Zambia might be your thing, then. Fly over giant baobab trees and make your way to the Zambesi river, from which you will enjoy the view of Victoria Falls, which are twice as high as the Niagara ones — over 400ft, or 128m! Keep going, and make your way to Long Island from there, trying to spot hippos, elephants and crocodiles in their natural environment. Finally, wrap up your tour by flying over the Mosi-oa-Tunya national park, to see majestic buffaloes, and admire the graceful movements of giraffes: an excellent way to imprint Africa on to your eyes and heart.
Barcelona from above: 5 restaurants with a wonderful view
2-11-2017 11:25:04
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Barcelona is one of Europe’s most beautiful, most vital cities, and one of our favorites here at TBS, too. There are many reasons for this, which go from the little beach bars lining the shore, to 2€-cervezas, to the best paella in the world! We all get so busy experiencing the city, surrounded by crowds of people, that we tend to forget that Barcelona also has restaurants with amazing scenery, which will show you the city from another perspective. Here are our tips to have a good meal while you have Barcelona at your feet.   Terraza Martínez (Carretera de Miramar, 38) Whether for lunch or dinner, satisfaction is guaranteed anytime at Martinez’s! It is basically on Montjuic, and the scenery looks like it’s straight out of a fairy tale: the view stretches from the port to the city’s historical center. Here is our tip: don’t waste your energy on a million starters and just move on straight to their amazing paella! Torre d’Alta Mar (Passeig de Joan Borbó, 88) Take your loved one by the hand, and surprise him or her with a visit to this super romantic restaurant, 75m above sea level. This place is unique and very elegant, on top of a tower, lined by large windows that will let you fully enjoy the view of the city while you dine. Fish is one of the specialties here, and even if your cuenta might be a little steep, it will definitely be worth it, because it is a most unique experience to see the city from above. Òleum Restaurant (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Parc Montjuïc) Barcelona, just like the rest of Spain, is so rich with history. To get your history fix for the day, we recommend dining at the restaurant inside the National Art Museum of Catalogne, inaugurated in 1929. High ceilings, excellent food, and of course, a breathtaking view. Art and good food always work so well together! Visual Restaurant (Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya, Av. de Roma, 2) This restaurant is good for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and it also has a bar, where you can enjoy a cocktail late at night. The view from here is one of the most panoramic in the Catalan capital, and so is the menu, which ranges from salads to fish and meat. Mirabé (C/ Manuel Arnús 2) Can you think of anything more romantic than a terrace with a view all over the city? Think about those beautiful Sundays you can only enjoy in Barcelona: your lunch here will be unforgettable. If you would rather go for dinner, Mirabé is an excellent place to admire the city lights from above.
Bare legs in cold weather? Here are the tricks for looking perfect
2-11-2017 11:19:32
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Some people love stockings and others hate them. Despite stockings being cool again, if you prefer bare legs, nothing will change your mind. While that is not an issue in summer, when our tan makes our legs look just perfect, in Winter you will need to put a little bit more work into making your legs look great when you are wearing mini and midi skirts. So here are 3 rules to follow to get daring, and go through Winter bare-legged! EXFOLIATE. Eliminating dead cells and stimulating cell regeneration is always a good idea, both in Summer and Winter. Your skin will look smooth and glowing after a delicate scrub: get yourself a glove, and massage your legs when you shower. This will also activate your blood flow, fighting fluid retention. MOISTURIZE. Cold weather dries your skin, which is why it’s going to need some extra care! Creams and oils are a must: apply them morning and evening, maybe with a massage, which will help you get rid of excess liquid. TAN. Snow-white legs don’t look so great, not even in Winter, do they? If you need a touch of color, you can go for spray tan, which is effective and easy to use nowadays. Use it sparingly, to avoid looking like you just came back from a holiday in the Tropics. If you don’t wear skirts that often, foundation can also do the trick: many foundations can also be applied on your legs, making them perfect for a special night out.  
Blazers are the most important item in your Fall closet: here’s why
31-10-2017 15:06:01
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If you had a look at the Fall Winter 2017-2018 shows, you will already know this: blazers are a thing this season, and not having one in your closet this year would be a huge mistake. We don’t need catwalk shows to tell us that jackets are the most important item in your Fall wardrobe: if you think about clothing that can make any look immediately elegant and cool, either paired with jeans or with a little dress, blazers are definitely a passe-partout piece you should invest on. Feeling like blazers are not your thing? Think again, because blazers are totally versatile, and they can be interpreted in many, many ways. Celebrities are here to show us how, by interpreting blazers in a million different ways, and giving us lots of ideas on how to wear it best. Are you super sexy type? Get daring, and wear your blazer with a mini dress, or with nothing underneath, with a pair of pants. Or pair it with a buster, softly placing your blazer on your shoulders, like Gigi Hadid. Casual, but still a fashionista? Then wear your blazer with a T-shirt, perhaps a band tee, as Alessandra Ambrosio did, with jeans and heels, or with a crop top, as shown by Bianca Balti. If it’s not too cold, wear it with denim shorts! Are you a businesswoman? Then there is really nothing better than blazers for you. Never step off your heels, and make your outift even stronger by choosing men’s patterns, like Blake Lively did.
How to copy the cool style of Scandinavian girls
31-10-2017 12:30:11
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Ah, Scandinavian girls, with their natural skills to create amazing looks even with the simplest of things — that kind of look that looks way too basic on us when we try to replicate it. They just have that minimalist, essential flair even when they are wearing something eccentric, they stand out in the crowd but without making any noise, and their cool, always appropriate style is totally inspiring for us, even though it is hard to reproduce it without recurring to the usual, super famous brands. How to copy the cool style of Scandinavian girls, while trying to stay original, while we integrate their style into ours? The solution is to shop online, of course: even though we might not have the time or the money to find brands and inspiration to compose our own Scandinavia-inspired closet, we can still have a look on Instagram and on the many e-commerce websites that may not be very well known, but that could be very interesting for us and our wardrobe. Seezona is definitely a name you should keep in mind: it’s Scandinavia’s first luxury marketplace, which lets users go scouting for what they want, allowing them to buy brands that might bevery hard to find otherwise. Users can also use picture recognition technology to find similar items across different price points and styles, compose moodboards and outfits that they can share on social networks, or save into their Seezona account. The site originally worked as an attractive place for a community of fashionistas who wished  to share and find inspiration together. Seezona developed more and more over the years, allowing users to  start shopping, thanks to its commercial partnerships, and now it’s developing even further, by becoming a luxury e-commerce site itself. The brands it will sell will come from all over the world, from Sweden to Australia as well as from the Middle East, and its selection aims at mixing established names with other, more experimental labels, to build a balanced, original look. Stylish room is definitely their plus: it allows you to create an avatar that looks just like you, on which you can virtually try on all clothing, so you can avoid any negative surprises if you don’t know the size range of a certain brand. So efficient, so Scandinavian: we had no doubt! Seezona is still a work in progress so jump on the website to register and be among the first to access the new shopping experience and stay tuned for the big reveal.
Halloween Makeup Tutorial: The dark side of the Stardust Princess
31-10-2017 11:00:39
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We decided to get inspiration from our own closet for our Halloween makeup this year, and we decided to imagine what a princess of the galaxies would look like — just like the stardust you can see on the tulle bustier we designed with Yamamay — if she would reveal her darkest side to us. Wondering how to reproduce this makeup look? It’s easy and quick, try it! Get your skin ready with a moisturizing, multi-purpose cream, like Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Skin Protector (you can find their special version of it for The Blonde Salad here). After that, move on to your eye makeup, even before you do your face — if you do it after applying your eyeshadow, you will be able to remove any excess product with a towel, without damaging your work. EYES. Apply a purple cream eyeshadow, and then sharpen your work with a brown eyeshadow, and a purple one. Reach for another purple eyeshadow, this time with a shimmer finish, to illuminate your eyelid a little. Blend this purple with some orange eyeshadow, moving towards the outer corner of the eye. Apply some golden eyeliner in the inner corner of the eye for a touch of light, and finish your look with some red eye pencil on the lower waterline, and some white mascara or eyeliner on your lashes. Define your eyebrows with mascaras and pencils. SKIN. After applying your primer, foundation and highlighter, apply some pink cream blush on your cheekbones, followed by a touch of orange blush. For a darker touch, apply some purple shimmer blush, too. LIPS. You will need three colors here: your orange-red lipstick will be your base. Add some depth with a darker red, and finally, apply some black lipstick, to define volume. Use your fingertips to work on your lips, and a small brush for the line on your cheeks. GALAXY. Get creative with all sorts of glitter and stars! You will need tweezers and a bit of makeup glue, and if you have no glue, try using lip gloss: some glosses are so sticky that they will work perfectly!
Halloween in Italy: 10 scary, mysterious places you can visit
31-10-2017 10:21:16
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Just stop trying to be unconventional, because honestly, everyone loves Halloween! What we really like about Halloween, to be precise, is its mysterious, pagan origin. Even if you don’t feel like joining a Halloween party in a bar, you can go on a tour around the country, looking for the scariest, most mysterious places you can find. Italy is packed with incredibly beautiful places… and we managed to find some locations that will make even the bravest among you absolutely shudder!   Montebello Castle, Emilia-Romagna This castle is in the surroundings of Rimini, and it is famous for Azzurrina’s legend. Azzurrina was a young girl, the daughter of a local lord, who disappeared while she was playing in the fortress’s rooms. According to legend, her ghost makes an appearance every five years during Summer solstice… but trust us, even in Autumn, the empty rooms of the castle will make you feel uneasy! Capuchin Catacombs, Palermo It wouldn’t be Halloween without a skeleton, right? Right. That’s what these Catacombs are for, and you will find them in the Capuchine monastery, one of the most macabre, ghastly places in Palermo, Sicily’s regional capital. If you think you are brave enough, have a walk in the rooms pakjed with semi-mummified, decomposed corpses. The Sacred Grove, a.k.a. Park of the Monsters, Bomarzo The name is pretty telling already. This sacred grove is located near Viterbo, in the same region as Rome. It is inhabited by gigantic lavic rock sculptures, and perhaps also by the ghost of the man who originally had the idea of starting this garden, prince Vicino Orsini. Go there at sunset, these stone figures will look like the set of a horror movie! Villa Malvasia (o Villa Clara), Bologna This place is probably the most disturbing in the list for us, perhaps because it’s got something to do with one of the typical things that always appear in horror movies: little girls. Legend has it that a father walled his little girl in alive, for reasons nobody knows. This is why some people swear that they can often hear the sounds of a child wailing and crying. I don’t know about you guys, but I feel like I can already hear funny noises coming from the room next door… Help! La Ca’ de Anime, Voltri, Genoa The “House of Souls”, near Genoa, is an abandoned inn with a very sinister reputation, and it sounds like no one will every want to restore this building anymore. According to legend, its owners used to kill the unlucky guests who chose their inn to spend the night, to then throw their bodies in mass graves, after stealing their possessions. This place is also famous for ghost sightings! Mombello’s former mental hospital in Limbiate, near Milan If you also like American Horror Story, and watched Asylum, you will already be shuddering at the idea of visiting this location. This is a former mental hospital where patients were subjected to terrible treatment. You can still sense the buulding’s painful history when you walk in. The Devil’s Bridge, Lucca You can see that the devil had something to do with this, actually, because this bridge, whose actual name is Magdalene’s Bridge, known to all as the Devil’s Bridge, is oddly slanted. What happened, then? Rumor has it that one of the workers on site struck a deal with the Devil in order to make sure that the bridge would be finished. The Devil promised the worker that he would finish the bridge overnight, in exchange for the soul of the first person who crossed it. The fun part is that it was the Devil who was fooled this time: a pig was the first living thing to cross the bridge, and it was this pig that lost his soul, instead of a human. Have a walk across the bridge if you like, but be aware that the Devil might still be hanging around, looking for the worker’s soul! Fontanelle Cemetery, Naples This large cemetery is right in the heart of the city, and it hosts the remains of about 40,000 people who were killed by cholera. The cemetery looks dark, vast and silent. The most notable of the “guests” residing here is Donna Concetta, whose skull is famous for sweating! You can find it inside the church. Are you scared yet? The Isle of Poveglia, Venezia Such a small island, and yet so scary! This little isle is located in the lagoon of Venice, and it was where plague patients and victims were moved and buried in the 18th century. Doctor Sarles, a lobotomy-loving doctor and a sadist, lived on the island and he lobotomised some of his patients, extracting part of their frontal lobe. Legend has it that the doctor took his own life, after having been driven crazy by the ghosts of his former patients, in Poveglia. Parma’s abandoned mental hospital To conclude our super scary list of horrors, here we are, with another asylum in the surroundings of Parma, which has been abandoned for a long time. Artist Hebert Baglione decorated the walls of this place with shadows and ghosts, making the place even bleaker and spookier.
Man Crush Monday: 5 things you should know about Dacre Montgomery, the new character in Stranger Things 2
30-10-2017 11:19:10
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October 27 felt like it would never come… But finally, the new season of Stranger Things is here, since Friday last week! This is why the first Monday after the first “Stranger Weekend” is all for the new entry in the series that stole the hearts of girls all over the world: Dacre Montgomery, a handsome 23-year-old Australia actor. Here are 5 things you should know about the TV show’s new star!   1. Social media? No thanks. Despite his young age, Dacre is everything but hooked to social media. He obviously has his own Instagram feed, which he actually keeps quite active, but handsome Dacre would rather spend his time reading, listening to music or hanging out with friends, rather than watch the world through a screen. 2. His destiny was already written in the stars The apple never falls far from the tree — and everyone knows that proverbs are always right! Montgomery was basically born on set, because that is how his parents met: his father worked as a sound engineer, and his mother was an assistant director. Dacre’s future was already written, and he confirmed that in an interview: he said that when he was 11 years old, his parents caught him filming himself while he was pretending to play in a large film production. His parents were surprised, but he wasn’t at all… He already knew he was made for that! 3. Red is his color… There is no doubt about it, if you ask Dacre what his favorite color is, he will say red, without hesitation! We don’t think it’s just about the color: it all goes back to the red Power Ranger, the character that made him famous in the remake of the film that was released last Spring. His work in that role caught the attention of the producers of Stranger Things, who later chose him when they started shooting the new episodes. 4. Sports are a must Let’s say that Dacre would be happier if he could live without practicing sport six times a week, but he really can’t. The young Australian had to train really hard on a daily basis for a year, following a really tough routine at the gym. He did that as a way to get ready to play his role as the red Power Ranger, which required him to have a very muscular body, and for which he wanted to be well prepared — Dacre was aware that performing well in this role could change his life. All his efforts have brought him good results, not just for his physique, but also for his acting career. 5. An unusual passion Social media aren’t his thing, sports are, but not that much… So what is this young actor really passionate about? He loves interior design! This is what Dacre really loves doing during his free time: he loves decorating a new space from scratch, more than working with something set up by other people, as he does when he plays on set. He just finished a course in interior design and he is hoping to start working as a professional in this field as soon as possible, perhaps helping to set up a few restaurants. We can’t wait to discover his style!
Dark colors are trendiest for lipsticks in Fall Winter 2017-2018
30-10-2017 11:16:01
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If you think dark lipsticks are only a must for Halloween, think again, because dark colors are the beauty trend of Fall Winter 2017-2018. This kind of lipstick must be intense and give you extra allure, making you look like a little vampire, and making your lips look wonderful at the same time. Colors can go from pure to redder shades of purple, from black to burgundy — everything works as long as it’s dark and deep. Aquilano and Rimondi‘s models showed off their matte burgundy lipstick, while Giambattista Valli chose a glossy finish. If you love obscuirty and intrigue, follow Yamamoto‘s example, and choose an intense, black color. If you’re fans of the 1990s, matte brick red will be your obvious choice, as suggested by Rahul Mishra e Mohapatra. Purple is ever-charming, of course, just look at the gothic magnetism showcased by Ann Demeulemeester. Feeling bold and aggressive? Well, going for dark lipstick will definitely catch everyone’s eye! Like always, it’s very important to choose a shade that works for your skin tone. You can wear dark lipstick anytime, just remember to go for nude eye makeup if you wear it during the day; if you wear it on a night out, feel free to go for a total dark look, with black smokey eyes. Here’s a tip: matte lipsticks should always be applied after drawing the outline of your lips with a lip liner, to stop the lipstick from getting messy, and slipping off your lips. Sheer lipsticks will also need a little help to stay in place, and here’s a trick for that: you don’t want to be buying a lip liner for each color you own, so just get a transparent one — this will stop your lipstick from smudging. And here are two more little tricks: dark lipstick can deflect attention from any flaws on your nose, focusing everyone’s look on your lips. If your lips are thin, go for a gloss, which will make your lips look much fuller.  
TBS Taste: Olio, when Apulia meets Milan
27-10-2017 11:29:36
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“If I think about my region, large expanses of olive trees come to mind, and this restaurant is like an image of my beloved Apulia for me”. With these words, Angelo, Olio’s owner, told us about how he got the idea to open this restaurant, which we discovered thanks to the posts we saw on our friends’ social networks, depicting mouthwatering-looking food. Olio opened its doors only a month ago in piazza Lavater, a square in the Porta Venezia area, and its menu is a triumph of genuine fare — all made in Apulia. Each dish is prepared with selected, ultra fresh ingredients that get shipped straight from southern Italy every week, offering diners a truly authentic food experience. So, what did we eat then? Well, considering the name of the place, we imagined olive oil would be central to many of the restaurant’s dishes, and we were not disappointed: this nectar of the gods is pretty much revered here, and customers are even given the chance to have an oil tasting, accompanied by copious amounts of bread! Some oils will have stronger notes of lemon, others of chili, while yet others will have fruitier notes. The latter is the type of oil that all visitors will receive as a gift, in a small bottle that will be placed on their table during dinner, and that they will have the chance to take home with them when they leave. Olive oil was just the first step in our discovery of the taste of Apulia. Their antipasti are diverse and come in large portions: they go from parmigiana povera, a parmigiana whose eggplants do not get fried at any point, and which includes smoked burrata in addition to eggplant; mashed potatoes with chicory; octopus with potato and olive mayonnaise, and a wonderful shrimp tartare with an unexpected magic touch: seawater! As for first courses, we had no say here: the chef said we absolutely needed to taste his orecchiette with broccoli rabe, handmade by the women of Bari… And we are very, very glad we listened! ???? By the time we were ready for a second dish, we felt super full, but we still got tempted by meat: roasted hanger steak with soft caciocavallo flakes; pork belly and veal cheek with chicory. And that is not all, because as per usual, we made sure we didn’t leave the table before dessert, of course: a small, delicious lemon tart that helped us get over the distinct feeling of sadness we experienced at the idea of going home. What else did we like, other than the food? Staff and management were very attentive, and they took care of every detail, they were always there for us and very helpful, whenever we were missing bread, or perhaps when we needed tips on what (local) wine we could pair our food with, inbetween courses. Olive oil, seawater and wine are the three essential elements that this restaurant is based on. Any true lovers of authentic Italian fare will love it… Wherever they come from!
Designer to know: Saks Potts
26-10-2017 14:36:47
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If you want to discover the beauty secret of the Copenhagen cool girls, it’s all about one name: Saks Potts! This brand’s designers describe themselves as non-traditional and ready to challenge Scandinavian minimalism. Well, this was a very fitting description, because their debut Spring Summer 2016 collections were an immediate success among buyers and all the IT girls right now! Colored, peculiar fur coats are their iconic product, but Saks Potts means so much more: their collections are characterised by a very playful style, by high-quality prints and fabrics, and a retro aesthetic that get reinterpreted in a modern way. That’s exactly what we would want in our wardrobe!  Each of their items instantly becomes key for your outfit: their eye-catching and sophisticated designs make us all feel like we are dreaming. Their coats are truly unique! If you’re not too convinced, well, look at Lady Gaga‘s and Beyoncé‘s Instagram accounts… I think there’s nothing to add! @beyoncé @ladygagaAfter we saw their latest (and second) Spring Summer 2018 collection, Saks Potts really stole our hearts with its satin, printed fabrics that perfectly contrasted with their models’ hairstyles and makeup. Don’t forget their pink maxi fur coats that made us think of the perfect definition of chic. And if you haven’t seen their collection yet, we really recommend closely examining every single one of their looks!
Electromagnetic pollution: how to prevent and limit the damage and negative effects of technology with cosmetics
26-10-2017 14:34:42
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We are not going to lie: we are all hooked to our smartphones, PCs and tablets. Whether for hobbies or for work, we all have to deal with the damage of electromagnetic pollution, which is not only bad for our health, but also for our skin. If technology damages our health on the one hand, on the other it also helps us, by contributing to the elaboration of advanced formulas for cosmetics, which we can use to limit the damage caused by technology. So, what is electromagnetic pollution? This word describes the issues caused by the pollution created by the devices we use in our every day lives — yes, even the one you are using to read this very article right now! The light of screens, as well as the heat that these devices produce, are the cause of multiple problems. Your skin is the first to suffer, because this kind of pollution interacts with the membranes around your cells and damages proteins, increasing the amount of free radicals in your body, and decreasing the amount of anti-oxidant hormones in your system. This causes two more issues: either dehydration, which can cause lines on your skin, or excess sebum, which implies pimples, discoloration and rashes. And let’s not even talk about the dark circles caused by tired eyes: using devices is exhausting for them! Your hair can also be damaged by the excess use of devices: it can become thinner and unhealthier, but most of all, it can fall massively. There are multiple natural solutions, but not all are easy to apply. Having a half-hour break for every two hours you spend on your computer is virtually impossible at work, since it’s a miracle if you even manage to get ten minutes for yourself between emails and Instagram posts; daily yoga practice or sports is also difficult, because not all of us have the energy for that after an 8-hour workday, when we would rather just doze on the couch; detox diets are difficult too: life is hard enough, and drinking detox veggie juices might just add to that hardship… And forget switching phones and computers off to go for a walk in nature: while that might work at the weekend, it’s basically impossible during the workweek. So, what else can we do but let our beauty routine and our cosmetics take care of it? Serums, moisturisers, masks, detergents, detox products and micellar water sprays all help: while we must protect our skin during the day, we have to help it regenerate itself at night, letting cells find their balance again, so that we can stop looking washed out, and be filled with a light, healthy glow instead. A good serum is an excellent base to be applied before you start with your makeup; make sure you keep your face well moisturized during the day with sprays, and at the end of the day, never skip a deep cleansing, as well as the application of other creams and serums. Luxury natural cosmetics are excellent to detox your skin, and the same goes for your hair, which always needs masks and protective oils. It might sound odd for it to be necessary to protect ourselves from stuff we actually really love and that connects us to the world, but if you think about it, even chocolate has side effects. So, get your pen and paper and note down the products we recommend in the gallery!  
10 exhibitions you shouldn’t miss in Italy in Fall 2017
26-10-2017 12:59:18
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Are you art lovers? Or do you just love beauty, and are always looking for inspiration, wherever it comes from? Either way, you just can’t miss these 10 exhibitions around Italy in 2017!  VERONA FERNANDO BOTERO – AMO – Palazzo Forti, Verona, (until April 29, 2018) The artist chose Verona to wrap up the celebrations for his 85th birthday — and for his 50th year as a painter! — with an exhibition that showcases his largest works. Gigantic bodies, bright colors and a South American vibe will permeate everything at this great party. So, what are you waiting for? Join the party and say happy birthday! VICENZA VAN GOGH – Tra il grano e il cielo. Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza (Until April 8, 2018) This exhibition will take you on a journey into Van Gogh’s soul, thanks to his art, of course, and to some of the heartbreaking letters that the artist used to send to his brother Theo, which are very helpful for the viewer to understand Van Gogh’s painful life. You will be surrounded by 43 paintings and 86 drawings that cover all phases of Van Gogh’s life, from the Belgian Autumn of 1880 to the somber landscapes of Nuenen. This exhibition will allow you to touch the artist’s feelings of despair, and to better understand and experience his art and his feelings. TURIN MIRO’! SOGNO E COLORE – Palazzo Chiablese, Torino (until January 18, 2018) The exhibition collects over 130 works from the latest period of Mirò’s artistic life, when, after having his work majorly recognized in Spain, he decided to dedicate his time to large sculptures and quadridimensional painting. This exhibition is all about splashes of color, geometric lines and surreal figures, and you will be able to admire it all in Turin until January 18. MILAN CHAGALL – Sogno di una notte d’estate. Museo della Permanente, Milano (until January 28, 2018) This might be one of the most peculiar exhibitions you will ever see; it’s all about showcasing a new, emotionally engaging and moving concept of art. Painting and music blend together here, surrounding the viewer from every side, transporting him or her into the dream world of the artist. This will be an excellent chance to experience something new, surrounded by art featuring the themes that mattered to Chagall: love, family, landscapes and music. HENRY TOULOUSE-LAUTREC – Il mondo fuggevole. Palazzo Reale, Milano ( until February 18, 2018) This bohemian exhibition showcases over 250 works of this poet of the poorer areas of Paris, portraying the nightlife and the low-lives of the city. Toulouse-Lautrec might be considered the forefather of a kind of strong, provocative realism: warm colors were essential for him to express himself, almost as a way to infuse warmth and familiarity into scenes that would otherwise look bleak and distant. Don’t miss this exhibition if you want to have a peek into the fascinating world of turn-of-century Paris. DENTRO CARAVAGGIO – Palazzo Reale, Milano (until January 28 2018) Once again, Milan is paying homage to the king of light, with an exhibition that gathers 20 of Caravaggio’s major works from the world’s most important museums, a show that aims at entertaining the viewer also by using X-rays that show the evolution of many paintings from the inside, from the initial sketches to the finished work. This is definitely an unusual exhibition, and Caravaggio fans won’t be disappointed, that’s for sure! BOLOGNA MAGRITTE, DALÌ E DUCHAMP – I rivoluzionari del ‘900. Palazzo Albergati, Bologna (Until February 11, 2018) This exhibition gathers the work of three painters who revolutionized 20th century art, and who were at the avantgarde of artistic techniques and were representative of innovative political ideas. Magritte, Dalì and Duchamp put their feelings of rebellion and their longing for independence on canvas: this show will transport you into a historical time whose heritage we see to this day, and that brought a lot of change with it. PERUGIA HANS HARTUNG – Polittici. Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, Perugia (Until January 7 2018) With this exhibition, the city of Perugia wants to celebrate Hartung’s special relationship with Italy: Venice, Florence and Sicily are the main characters in Hartung’s polyptiques series, a collection of canvases of different sizes, that form one large work when looked at all together. Let Hartung’s work draw you in, and draw inspiration from the artist’s use of peculiar techniques — he even included a broom tree branch, dipped into black paint, into his work… Art really has no limits! ROME MONET – Capolavori dal Musée Marmottan di Parigi. Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome (Until February 11, 2018) One of the fathers of Impressionism, en plein air painting was a lifestyle for Monet, who managed to transfer the essence and the light of what he observed onto canvas. The exhibition showcases 60 works that the artist kept in his beloved house in Giverny — the works were donated by Monet’s son to this Parisian museum after Monet died, and they show Monet’s artistic evolution, from Monet’s mid-19th century caricatures to the urban landscapes of London and Paris, from his children’s portraits to his iconic Nymphs. An excellent excuse to spend a few days in the eternal city! PICASSO. Tra Cubismo e Classicismo: 1915-1925. Le Scuderie del Quirinale, Roma (until January 21, 2018) Rome is commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War 1. During this time, Picasso was already heading the Cubist revolution, with works that showed a great variety of genres and painting styles.
Makeup trend: red eye makeup for Winter 2017 
25-10-2017 12:07:48
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Who said red is only good for lipstick? What we saw on the catwalks this year made something pretty clear: moving this bright nuance from your lips to your eyes is the new trend for Fall Winter 2017-2018. So, forget about the dark shades we are accustomed to using, and let’s light up our grey fall days — we don’t need any more somber colors after all, do we? You think this is all a bit too much? We are here to change your mind, and surprise you with these makeup trends, straight from the catwalks! If you’re more into classics, start experimenting and get inspired by Barbara Bui, Au Jour Le Jour and Le Petite Robe. Here, red cream eyeshadow gets applied onto the eyelid, and framed by mascara and black eyeliner pencil, to lend some depth to your gaze. It is very important here to focus on your eyes when choosing this style, and to use very natural tones on the rest of your face, especially on your lips. If you’re more daring and your are happy to try something new, Versus’s and Prabal Gurung’s geometric shapes will work for you, but make sure you draw very defined lines, because that is what makes all the difference here! The rectangle you draw has to be as wide as your eyebrows, and it can be thicker or thinner, depending on your personal taste and how bold you are feeling. You can rest assured, you will turn heads! If you love nuances, look at Xuan HC, Kenzo and Max Mara for a few ideas: powder eyeshadow can be applied exclusively on the contour of your eye, or even on the sides of your face, almost imitating the effect of a blush. If you do this, you can intensify the effect by applying red mascara on your lashes, or by blending the eyeshadow onto your eyebrows — in this case, make sure you don’t go for overly bright shades! If you’re still unconvinced by the idea of a total red makeup style, you can always tone it down by mixing it with other colors, while still letting red take center stage. Alberta Ferretti shows you how to do this, by applying cream eyeshadow at the center of the eyelid, and placing a small speck of gold in the inner corner of the eye, to illuminate the gaze. All of this will be beautifully framed by a blended line of black eyeliner pencil, which will work as a substitute for mascara.
Woman Crush Wednesday: 5 things you should know about Arvida Byström
25-10-2017 10:47:12
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Sometimes you don’t need to have had any particular experience to be a role model, you just have to be yourself to inspire other people. This is the case for our WCW this week, Arvida Byström, a 26-year-old Swedish girl who made the news — and made the whole internet talk — by posing for the Adidas campaign without shaving her legs. Here are 5 things you should know about her.    1. She is an all around artist Arvida is a model, a writer, a photography lover and a musician. Some of her photos were published in editorials in the international press, and she also worked on books that are iconic for all non-conformist fashion lovers. The most remarkable include Babe, a photography collection Arvida curated with Petra Collins, and most of all Pics or It Didn’t Happen: Images Banned From Instagram, a book which collects Arvida’s selection of provocative images that were censored by Instagram. 2. She is obsessed by fruit — and not just as food… We all realized Arvida is less than ordinary, that was clear enough, but her obsession for fruit sounds funny to us and makes us admire her at the same time. Byström uses fruit, especially peaches and cherries, for her art… For instance, she loves dressing fruit in lingerie; she even was in a live video once in which she braided cherry stalks together just by using her tongue. Some might think she’s just crazy, we think she’s an artist! 3. Activist 2.0 It’s pretty important to remember one thing when it comes to Arvida: never, ever doubt her feminism! Her extremist ideological position sometimes earned her lots of criticism. Arvida participated in multiple peculiar, unusual projects and initiatives before, but perhaps the most relevant in this regard is a piece of performance art about monogamy, in which she videoed herself having sex on video with one of her colleagues… Byström definitely walks her talk! 4. Anyone can be feminine Arvida really, really likes being clear, so much so that she took her attitude into the Adidas campaign that featured her, and that literally inflamed the web. So, what was everyone talking about, then? About how Arvida had her photos taken without waxing her legs or her armpits. The young artist did that in order to reaffirm her freedom not to follow the beauty standards society imposes on women: as Arvida pointed out, “anyone can be feminine”, an idea that also takes in gender politics. And let’s all give Adidas a hand, for enthusiastically supporting Arvida in all this! 5. Cyber bullying is a true evil It’s quite clear that the aim of a video like the one shot by Adidas was to start a discussion, but the hate speech it triggered reached truly worrying levels. Arvida even received death threats, which is obviously unacceptable. While some people were fascinated by this new way of communicating, other people online reacted quite violently and offensively. Luckily, Arvida is a very strong woman as well as an artist, and she didn’t let any of this get to her. We are against all kinds of bullying, and we picked her as our WCW to show her that we are with her! All the photos are taken from Arvida Byström official Instagram
Beauty Brand 2 Know: IGK
24-10-2017 12:22:39
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WHO  Chase Kusero, Franck Izquierdo, Leo Izquierdo and Aaron Grenia are all hairstylists that don’t follow trends, they start them. They come from different parts of the world, and their different backgrounds didn’t just contribute to creating some truly amazing hair products; they also got them to start one of the coolest hair salons in the world. Chase is Hollywood’s most sought-after hair stylist, and most importantly, he is Jared Leto’s stylist. Chase thinks that powerful looks have nothing to do with the length or color of your hair, and all to do with the client’s strong personality. Franck is famous for his avant-grade styling and his savoir faire: his skills landed him to the shows of Milan and Paris fashion weeks, where he worked with Lanvin, Marni and Givenchy. Leo also worked backstage at Lanvin’s, Chloé’s and Oscar De La Renta’s shows. Aaron is one of NYC’s best hair stylists, and hair styling is his true passion. WHAT IGK, founded in 2016, is their hair product brand. Their salons are located in LA, Miami and NYC and the concept underlying their project is a blend of passion and of a will to bend the rules, in order to start positive change. Their hairstyling is aimed at new generations. WHY The formulas of their products are vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free, as well as free of all sulfate and parabens; they are born from the experience of customers needing to have amazing hair at pretty much any time of day. Hairstyles must adapt to lifestyles, and at the same time, they should also fit the mood of the city where someone lives. Coconut oil, to nourish your hair, and make it soft and shiny, is very often an essential ingredient in their products. TBS<3 How to choose our favorite product between Preparty Hair Strobing Glitter Spray and Jet Lag Invisible? It’s impossible, because we love them all!
5 cafès in Milan where you can enjoy quality coffee
24-10-2017 10:36:37
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Cafes are far from rare, especially in Italy, where coffee is a primary necessity, basically a social institution. Any cafe in Italy will make you a good espresso, still, some places double as coffee roasters, offering a taste of more coffee varieties on their premises. Have a look at our guide for your Italian-style break in these 5 coffee places around Milan!   – Lavazza Flagship Store (Piazza San Fedele) The flagship store of this famous Italian coffee brand just opened its doors in the heart of Milan’s city center. The shop’s concept is very interesting: the place doubles as a bistro and as coffee roaster’s. Coffee from all over the world gets delivered here daily, to be roasted in a machine you can see right in the cafe; patrons can taste different coffee varieties, but they can also buy Lavazza’s fine selections. – Orsonero Coffee (Via Giuseppe Broggi, 15) Coffee lovers will feel totally pampered here by the relaxed, chill ambience of this place, and they will also be amazed by the amount of different coffee types the can choose from there. A drive to innovate and always discover new coffee blends are the two coolest characteristics of this place. – Hodeidah (Via Piero della Francesca, 8) The best geography students among you may already know why this place is just perfect for coffee lovers: Hodeidah is a historical port city in Yemen that was famous for its coffee plantations. Hodeidah is possibly one of the most ancient coffee roasting companies in Milan: it was started in 1946 and it is still active today. This shop gets more and more interesting every year, choosing will be tough because of the crazy amounts of coffee varieties you can choose from! – Caffè Pascucci (Corso Europa, 22) Italian tradition and an organic heart, Pascucci really cares about its coffee varieties being as organic as possible; their coffees all come from certified, organic-friendly coffee farms. Their Corso Europa shop also became a meeting point for people to get together, to taste all the different coffee varieties the shop offers. – Taglio (Via Vigevano, 10) In the Navigli area, Taglio is famous for being the perfect lunch spot: have you ever tried their saffron risotto? Not everyone might be aware that this lovely place also offers multiple coffee varieties, prepared in many different ways. Our personal favorite is siphon coffee, an ancient and rather spectacular way to brew coffee, which involves a glass bulb and a hopper: steam will rise from the bulb into the hopper containing coffee, and will slowly drip back down into the bulb in the form of delicious coffee for your enjoyment.
Have you ever tried powder lipstick? Here are all the pros and cons
23-10-2017 12:44:09
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Every time you think you’ve seen it all, something new always comes along — especially when to comes to cosmetics, which are always evolving, we really should be ready to expect anything. Powder lipsticks, that you apply with small sponges, are the latest hype: we tested them for you, and wrote our list of pros and cons. PROS. They are matte, and they can be easily applied with a brush. Their texture is silky, they are lightweight and they don’t dry your lips, so don’t take the word “powder” too seriously, because they actually feel very soft, a pleasure to wear. Another good thing about powder lipsticks is that they are pretty long-lasting, although they are not permanent: don’t expect them to still be on your lips after you eat or drink, because the outline is all that will be left after a meal. CONS. Powder lipsticks being mat make them very dangerous if your lips have any flaws, because they will make them all more visible! This is why these lipsticks won’t look very good if you don’t prepare your lips first, either with a lip scrub or with a primer. When choosing your primer, make sure you don’t choose an overly buttery one, but rather go for one that just fills the creases of your lips, making them smoother, making your lipstick last a lot longer. The last flaw we can think of is that you will end up using a rather large quantity of it when you apply your lipstick, because it tends to run out quite quickly when you put it on. All in all, we really liked powder lipsticks, you just need to learn to use them the right way. Have you already tested them? Let us know how it was if you did!
Man Crush Monday: 5 things you should know about Manolo Gonzalez
23-10-2017 12:05:02
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Let us start the week a little more happily, if that were possible, by giving you a few hints about out Man Crush this Monday! His smile was among the most photographed at this edition of Emmy Awards.  Manolo Gonzales, Sofia Vergara’s son, walked the red carpet outside Hollywood’s Microsoft Theater with his mother, making audiences swoon. His intense gaze, his hairstyle from another time, and his Colombian charm are a perfect match for his mother’s breathtaking beauty, so much so that Manolo just recently debuted as a model. Here are 5 things you should know about this rising star! 1) Gilmore Girls (or guys?) Manolo and Sofia look more like brother and sister than mother and son, not just because of their relatively small age difference (he was born in 1992, she was born in 1972), but also because of their close relationship. Sofia, like the proud mum she is, publicly shares a lot of moments from her life with Manolo, while he never misses a chance to talk about his mother’s beauty, and attend the coolest events of the season with her. He’s the best wingman you can imagine, to catch the eye of all photographers! 2) Sense of humor Manolo’s IG is packed with jokes and funny, totally cheeky, ironic images. Think for instance of his beach selfie, taken in front of a palm, with the caption “Just chillin’ with my friends, Palmela Handersons”: the perfect example of how beauty and a fun personality can make for a totally explosive mix! 3) A passion for history His gallery on IG is not just about selfies and fun stuff: Manolo loves history, too. If you want to find out nifty stuff about stories and characters from the past, just follow his posts, and you’ll also get a healthy dose of culture! 4) Photo souvenirs Manolo must have a bit of a nostalgic streak in him, because he really loves sharing photos of himself as a kid. He also can’t get stop his own irony, though, because each photo comes with a funny caption that make us love him even more! 5) Mysterious birthdays And here is the most interesting trivia of all: even though Manolo was apparently born in 1992, he celebrated his 26th year this year. Yes, he did! We are not sure whether it was yet another joke or just a way to grab media attention, however, this definitely made everyone curious, making his mysterious birthday the talk of town. Either way, we don’t care if he is 25 or 26: that smile just made our Monday morning way better!  
The perfect makeup for the 5 hot colors of Fall Winter 2017-2018
19-10-2017 14:35:33
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Let’s be honest: even for total makeup experts, it is still not so easy to choose a color that works with our skin tone, our hair, and most of all, with our favorite clothing. We decided to ask Manuele Mameli, our favorite makeup expert, and he shared all the secrets you will need to create the perfect makeup to match the five hot colors of Fall Winter 2017-2018. RED. Blonde girls with fair skin will have a very easy time looking good in red, both during the day and on a night out. Choose a coral-colored lipstick for the day, and focus on your eyes in the evening. If you have dark hair, and olive or dark skin, Manuele recommends not getting carried away with makeup: choose to glow instead, thanks to an illuminating foundation that won’t modify your skin tone too much. Also make sure to take care of any flaws or dark circles, because red lips will bring them out even more. As a final touch, apply some golden eyeshadow, and lightly color your lips. Applying mascara very liberally will be your secret weapon: this will make your gaze very intense despite your soft makeup. CAMEL. Since this color is very delicate, both blondes and brunettes can get daring with more creative makeup, by adding depth to their face: try it with blue eyeshadow, or colored, more original lipstick in a bright color. SILVER. This is definitely a color that will grab everyone’s attention, so make sure you avoid any overly sheer or metallic colors for your makeup: your clothes will be enough! Go for smokey eyes instead, not necessarily in black, but definitely in a matte shade. ORANGE. Brunettes can play with all amber tones, leaving their lips pretty natural, or choosing lipstick or glosses in pink or peach tones, to bring out their smile. Blondes should choose brown and bronze tones. BLUE. Whenever we wear a blue dress for a night out, we end up choosing smokey eyes or red lipstick. These can also work together, as long as you don’t overdo them. Both during the day and on a night out, girls with blue eyes can get creative with colors like metallic grey which will work wonderfully for their eye color — the contrast will make your blue eyes look even bluer. If you have brown or black eyes, go for plum… It will make your eyes shine!
5 places where you can have pancake in Milan… And suddenly feel like you are in New York City!
19-10-2017 09:48:15
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You know the typical American breakfast, with pancakes and maple syrup? Well, if you’re in Italy, and you happen to be in Milan, now you’ll find it here, too! There are more and more places popping up in town that make delicious pancakes — here are our 5 favorites: you’ll really feel like you’re in New York City!    – Macha Café (viale Crispi, 15) Do you love matcha, the magical powder green tea? Then this place will be your personal paradise: from today on, you can have matcha pancakes here. We’re rushing off to try them, wanna join us? – That’s Bakery (via Vigevano, 41) Their website warns potential customers to watch out, because they might get hooked with the first bite: now, go and find out whether it’s true! – Les Pommes (Via Pastrengo, 7) A very well known restaurant in the Isola district turns into an excellent brunch spot every Saturday and Sunday. Don’t miss their savoury pancake with prosciutto cotto and Parmesan fondue, served with grilled corn and baked potatoes. Yuuuuum! – Ostello Bello (Via Medici, 4) All our pancake spots are very affordable, and Ostello Bello is the most affordable of all. You’ll be welcomed by a very young, informal environment and an abundant, tasty breakfast. And yes, pancakes are among the best dishes available in this lovely place! – California Bakery (6 sedi, scegliamo Corso Garibaldi) I know you’re thinking “well, of course this is a suggestion, it is even named after the state of California…” And well, yes, we know. The tasty pancakes you can find in this franchise come in 9 different types you can enjoy in 6 different locations in Milan. Try their wholewheat pancake, and let us know!
Colorful tissue masks, and masks with fun designs: possibly the most fun trend around right now!
18-10-2017 11:07:38
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Whether they are blue, green, or decorated with Hello Kitty‘s face, they all work! Selfies with colorful masks and with masks decorated by funny characters are the latest trend when it comes to beauty. The reason is quite simple: these masks are fun and they are also helpful for our beauty routine: they are a skincare stage you should never skip, that make the skin of your face healthier, and more beautiful. Masks have lots of benefits, and can get you to take 10 to 30 minutes of time for yourself. Celebrities love golden face masks, which are very expensive but that also seem to be miraculous. You can also find affordable golden masks that will make your skin smooth and glowing even without breaking the bank. The latest colored masks (that can also be red or black, depending on the formula) come in all sorts of colors; some can be removed with a sponge and water, while others solidify while drying, and turn into a sort of gel-like film that you can easily peel off. Tissue masks are a true moisture bomb, they are very easy to apply because they come in the right shape already, and they don’t need to be rinsed off. They come in many other types, depending on what you need, but watch out: if you have oily skin, they aren’t what you need! You’ll see our favorite ones in the gallery… Now we want to see your selfies!   Have you ever tried black peel off masks? Click here to discover what we think about them
Woman Crush Wednesday: 5 things you should know about Claire Foy
18-10-2017 09:48:09
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Our WCW of the week, Claire Foy, is the woman who starred as Queen Elizabeth in the famous TV show The Crown, whose second season is about to be released on Netflix. Thanks to the visibility she earned with this role, she was now chosen to play Lisbeth Salander in The Girl In the Spider’s Web, the film sequel to the Millennium trilogy.  Claire is a mother, too, and here are 5 interesting facts about her!  1) She auditioned with a baby bump  Claire said in an interview that she didn’t really take her audition for The Crown too seriously: when her agent called to ask whether she was interested in the role of Elizabeth, Claire was 5 months pregnant, and she had no intention to be part of a 9-month project with a small baby to take care of. However, after a chat with the director, she still accepted to audition for the part, without really thinking she would ever be chosen for the part. “It was pretty odd when I was asked if I wanted the part, because I never really thought I could be what they were looking for”. Claire remembers the first time she tried the costumes on, because with an Elizabethan dress and a crown, and her baby bump, she looked like a “pregnant little girl.” 2) Her relationship with real Elizabeth As a good reminder of actors being regular people, with the same hopes and fears that we all have, Claire declared in an interview that her greatest fear was for real Queen Elizabeth to watch the show, so much so that she convinced herself that the Queen would be way too busy with royal affairs to have time to do that. She was very worried that the Queen would find her acting “overly dramatic”, despite rumor having it that actress Helen Mirren, who is very close to Queen Elizabeth, had even sent Claire an email, congratulating her on her performance. 3) Acting was never really her plan A It might seem incredible, considering her recent success on film, but Claire’s main interests were always politics and communication. Claire enjoyed staging small plays at home with her cousins as a little girl, but she never thought she could make a profession out of that. The actress said she fell in love with acting after her parents divorced: she spent so much time on her own at the time that she suddenly started watching lots and lots of movies. This is why she signed up for the Oxford School of Drama, not without a few insecurities: her image of acting school came from the TV show Fame, and she was slightly worried that she would have to spend her time wearing leg-warmers! 4) Her favorite film The dedication and focus that got producers to choose her to play Queen Elizabeth were most likely also the result of watching Pride and Prejudice over and over: Claire declared she watched it about 4000 times (no kidding!!!) and that she knows the whole film by heart. Who knows, maybe impersonating this other Elizabeth was what charmed her very own Mr. Darcy! 5) Unusual spots Claire declared that she placed the Golden Globe Award she won in 2017, as “best actress – television series drama” in her bathroom: it’s a reminder for her that despite living many different lives thanks to her work, she will always be the same in that room — when we see our own image reflected in the mirror, all filters and fiction disappear, and that is when we find ourselves again.  
Fall ideas: 5 eco-farms in Italy where you can experience grape harvest
17-10-2017 10:37:33
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September and October are the two months during which wine is everywhere in Italy, since it’s harvest time. Of course, Italy is hard to beat when it comes to grapes, and this time of the year, when ripe grapes get harvested is very important for the country — both for its tradition and its economy. Grape harvesting can make a beautiful experience that you should try at least once in your life. The good news is, it’s very easy to set it up! If you like good wine and the countryside, or if you just want to try the rural life for a day, all you have to do is call one of these wineries in Italy, which open their vineyards to the public during harvest time, and go visit. Salute!   Agriturismo il Greppo – Montepulciano (Tuscany) You’ll be able to taste local fare, stay in comfortable poolside apartments, and of course, you will be able to help with the yearly Fall harvest. Get ready, you’ll have to work about 15 hectares worth of land! Masseria Ferri – Ostuni (Apulia) This eco-farm is unique and it organizes several activities. Guests can stay in one of their 4 trulli, the traditional stone houses of the area, which were completely restored and renovated with all the facilities and comfort you may want, including wi-fi. In addition to harvesting grapes, you can also go mountain biking, or go picking mushrooms. Agriturismo Fratelli Vagnoni – San Gimignano (Tuscany) This family-run estate is really large and very traditional, built almost entirely in exposed brick. Thanks to its large spaces, which include 45 hectares of land solely dedicated to organic agriculture, this place offers all sorts of activities which can range from getting lost in the paths winding around the estate, to participating in the eco-lodge’s work, which includes harvesting grapes as well as olives. And should you feel like having some fresh fruit, feel free to pick it straight from the trees, and just enjoy it. Cà Borgo Vecchio – Brusasco, Turin (Piedmont) During the Middle Ages, this place was a castle. Now, after 20 years of neglect and disrepair, it was turned into a renowned eco-farm. After participating in grape harvesting, you can choose to spend four extra days here on the Monferrato hills, to discover their scents, colors and taste, thanks to the packages that the estate organizes just for you. Casale dei Dotti – Perugia (Umbria) Once again, we are talking about a historical building that was built in the second half of the 19th century, and which has recently been converted into an eco-farm. This is the ideal place to enjoy some rest, after spending your day in the fields, harvesting tasty grapes.
All about superfoods, the food allies you should count on in your beauty routine
13-09-2017 10:01:35
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Superfoods. That’s what everyone calls these kinds of food that are so good for your health. They became really big over the past few years, and it really seems impossible to do without them by now. They are famous because of their many healthy components, which make them number one allies for your health and for your system. It’s not really about any foods with specific scientific characteristics here, they are rather called superfoods because they contain more minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and proteins than the average, so much so that they are an inestimable source of energy for all of us. There are tons of superfoods, most of them are plant-based, and each one of them takes care of one part of our body specifically. Beetroot, for instance, has natural anti-cancer properties, Greek-style yoghurt helps digestion and weight loss, curcuma is antibacterial, green tea works wonders for your circulation and your heart, blueberries prevent eye conditions, such as losing your sense of sight or glaucoma, olive oil is good for your bones, while sweet potatoes take care of your blood pressure. These superfoods are true allies in our search for long, healthy lives. And that is not all, because superfoods also make great ingredients you can add to your beauty routine. How, you ask? Well, by eating them, of course! People often think that beauty is all about using expensive, elaborate creams or products, but the truth is, a lot of your beauty depends on your diet and your lifestyle: some foods can make our body and hair glow from the inside. Blueberries, spinach, salmon, eggs, cocoa and kiwi, with their very high nutritional value, make our hair soft, rich, healthy, and shiny. And let’s not even mention avocado, black tea, tomatoes, almond milk and berries, that prevent lines and other flaws, making your skin glow, hydrating it and giving it extra elasticity on the way. Honestly, a lot of these foods are delicious, and there will be no nutritionist or diet specialist stopping us from having as much of them as we like, this time. Have a look at the gallery, and write your shopping list: are you ready to stuff yourselves with health and beauty?
Beauty Brand 2 Know: Fenty Beauty
12-09-2017 17:42:50
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The founder of this project really needs no introduction, but we will still tell you a thing or two about her. It’s Rihanna! Her full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, born in Barbados in the late 1980s. She’s been a successful singer and entrepreneur for a while — and after moving her first steps in the fashion world with Fenty x Puma, she now decided to enter the magical realm of beauty, too. During her year-long experiments with what beauty companies from all over the place had to offer, Rihanna realized that there was still some space to develop a collection that would take care of women with all sorts of complexions. She secretly worked on her product line for about two years, to then launch it with an exclusive party during New York Fashion Week! Fenty Beauty was designed to include women all over the world, nevermind their skin color. It was created to inspire and to be fun, and not to cover women’s faces like a mask. RiRi’s message was simple as it was essential: makeup should not be a uniform. We should all feel free to experiment, and these products are, in her opinion, what is still missing from our beauty cases, to be able to experiment without giving up on our beauty. Their range of colors is so impressive! They offer 40 shades of foundation and 30 for skin sticks, and their formulas are conceived to work on all sorts of skin: oily, combination or dry. Their textures are lightweight and easy to apply, and their intensity can be modified depending on how many layers or how many times a product is applied. If you think that your skin color can’t be taken care of by any brand on the market, we are sure that this one will. Their different shades of foundation, in particular, were elaborated starting exactly from those customer demands that no one else had managed to satisfy yet. Just try it, you’ll see! Unfortunately, you still have to go to the US to test these products at the local Sephora branches, for now, but who knows, maybe Rihanna will export her collection elsewhere soon, too…
The coolest bags right now? Vintage ones, of course. Here are the ones you should be investing on rn
12-09-2017 15:55:07
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Is the new season already pushing you to look for a new bag? Do you already have something in mind? Before you make a decision and just end up heading straight to the store, have a look at the current trends… You will see that the coolest bags around right now are vintage ones! Being fashion lovers doesn’t mean having every single new thing designers come up with, actually, it means knowing how to pick what will always stay with you, without changing with every trend. Start the search for your new favorite bag in vintage stores: there is no better, more satisfying treasure than an iconic, exclusive bag… Just look at Kendall Jenner and her neverending collection of vintage bags: even if she could really have any bag she wants, she always goes for one that defines her style with an exclusive touch. You think your mum’s bags are old school? They absolutely aren’t, they are actually a treasure you should try to borrow as soon as possible… And that you should never give back, if you can, lol! If we almost convinced you, but you still need a little nudge in addition to Kendall’s street style, have a look at Chiara‘s Instagram account: you will notice her love for vintage bags there, too! We chose a selection of the coolest bags to look for right now for our gallery, and we included belt bags, short-strap sling bags, fabric and leather bags, monogram print bags and much more! If you are curious, stop wasting your time right now, and go have a look at our gallery!
How not to damage your hair during your vacation
11-09-2017 14:30:57
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Vacations are so exhausting. Nope, we’re not crazy, we’re just voicing what your hair is thinking! Hours and hours in the sun, swimming, and relax may be music to your ears, but the rest of your head might not be of the same opinion. Previously in this series on how to care for your hair, we’ve talked about how the sea, pool and sun can be your best friends and worst enemies in the summer: this time, we’re being pro-active; here’s the perfect routine to avoid damaging your hair during a vacation and return to the city with a shiny mane! Step 1: packing. It all starts with packing, because once you know what kind of baggage you can take on board, you can start figuring out your beauty bag. If your destination entails a long stay and many outfits, find a corner in your suitcase for the new Pantene Gold Series Repairing Hair Mask – it’ll be your strongest ally. If, on the other hand, you’re the adventurous type that travels with a backpack or hand luggage, no worry! Pantene’s Wonder Ampoules are easy to use and perfect for a mini beauty bag which will speed through security. Step 2: the routine. Once you’ve selected your product for the vacation, there’s one important thing to do: apply it regularly and consistently! If you only do it once in 10 days, it will be no use. You need to build up a beauty routine that includes hair care, if not every day, then at least every 2-3 washes, so that you can moisturize your hair, which at this point will be stressed by sand, saltwater, and the wind. Also remember to rinse after treatment, and pat it dry if you don’t want to use a hairdryer. If you follow these rules, the treatment will be totally worth it. Don’t forget to protect your hair against excessive sunlight with a nice straw hat. You’ll be so glam at the beach, and your hair will thank you! Obviously, we encourage you to keep up the routine after you’re back… it’ll be our little secret
Genderless Crush Monday: Rain Dove
11-09-2017 12:25:41
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How to write an article about someone who defines herself — or himself — by his or her lack of gender, if there is no neutral pronoun you can use to describe him, or her? This was my question when I interviewed Rain Dove, face of Sisley‘s new campaign, poster person of the battle against gender, and spokesperson for that portion of the population that doesn’t define itself as male or female. Rain was born female, with a very feminine body and very clear female characteristics, but with a face characterised by very strong features, which might be considered conventionally male. Until the age of 18, Rain saw herself as an “ugly girl”: after a misunderstanding with a model agency that actually hired her to work as a male model, Rain understood she could actually be quite successful as a man, and that also got her thinking about how gender definitions are completely insensitive to human nature. We discussed this together, and Rain told us about what it means to feel genderless, and about how we all are genderless, and about how the only thing that can really define us is our essence. Hi Rain, can you tell us more about what it means to feel ” genderless “? We all are, actually, I tell you, because gender and sexuality are two different things. The latter identifies all the biological elements within our body that define our sex, while gender is a category we choose to define ourselves — but that category is completely arbitrary. If you think about it, what is feminine or male changes so much according to the country you are in, and what culture you are immersed in. The truth is that choosing to define yourself as genderless is the most honest choice you can make: it means being true to yourself, rather than following those social conventions that define what kind of clothes we should wear, what colors we should like, and what kind of haircut we should have. It means asking yourself, do I like this? Is it representative of my style? And only choosing to wear something if the answer to these questions is yes, and not because we are influenced by what we were taught to think. So this has nothing to do with sexual orientation? Is this more about society? It’s about living your life the way you want to, without worrying too much about what society expects of you, just because you were born with one body type rather than another. Wouldn’t it be great to meet somebody, and get to know him or her without any preconceptions? Wouldn’t you like to be able to go shopping without having to choose which department to go to? We are all different, and our body is just a shell, made of parts we can substitute. The only thing you cannot change about it is your essence, what makes you unique. So, defining yourself as genderless is a choice: the choice to be yourself, and nothing else. When did you start thinking of yourself in these terms? When I moved to Colorado. When I first got there, somebody thought I was a guy and that was my lightbulb moment: why be an ugly girl, as I always thought I was, when I could be a cute guy instead? I played this card, and got hired as a firefighter. I worked as firefighter for 11 months without anyone realizing I was a girl, and then I thought: why do I have to pretend to be something I am not just in order to have an easier time in my life, and to get this job? And that was when I rebelled against the whole idea of gender. What about sex, then? Because you may define yourself as genderless, but sexual orientation is clear, and sometimes it can be pretty rigid. For instance, I like guys. Even if I meet a wonderful person, as much as I like him or her, if there are feminine traits, or boobs, I think I will just never feel attracted to this person. It’s two different things: being genderless doesn’t mean being attracted to everyone in the same way. The truth is, you don’t like men as a category, you like people with certain characteristics, with certain aesthetic traits: people with a penis, for a start, perhaps even a penis of a certain size, for instance, or maybe people with a beard, people who are taller than you, who have lots of hair, or who are completely hairless, maybe. These are all very precise beauty features, and we feel attracted to those, not to the “male” or “female” general category. How do you dress to feel sexy? To take your lover’s breath away? Well, if I want to seduce my partner, I l’ll just wear nothing at all! (Rain laughs) Jokes aside, clothes are like costumes, for me: I decide what to wear depending on the occasion. For instance, if I’m out on my own at night, I prefer dressing like a man, because it’s safer. If I wear a dress, I feel it makes it likelier I get attacked. If I have a photo shoot for a magazine cover, instead, I choose to wear a female outfit, because it’s generally just more wow. In general, though, I choose to wear comfortable clothing, I like bright colors and most of all I like quality: I hate low-cost, chain fast fashion. My clothing has to be lasting, like armour. What’s your favorite item in your wardrobe? I have a beautiful magenta blazer that works with everything, with pants and a shirt, or with a sexy dress. Last question: I need to write this interview, and I don’t know what pronoun to use. Pronouns are just sounds to me: use whichever you like, as long as you use it positively. I hope there will be a neutral way to describe people in the future, without having to pigeonhole people into stereotypes. The world is changing, and hopefully that will change the way we express ourselves, because we are what makes society, and we are the ones who should change it, to make it more suitable for us, for how we actually feel.
Fall Winter 2017 Shoe Trends: the 5 boots you need this season
11-09-2017 12:12:31
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If you’re one of those people who’d wear their boots even to the beach, good news for you: time to get a new pair! 2017 is the year for boot lovers, since these shoes will be a must and the runways gave us plenty of different styles, in various colors and materials. So, what should you invest on, considering the Fall Winter 2017 shoe trends? We had a look at recent fashion shows and selected the 5 boots you need this season! What’s your favorite? SHIMMERY BOOTS They win the crown as the most instagrammed piece of the Fall Winter 2017-2018 season – and with good reason, since they turn heads! The new glittery boots by Saint Laurent, brainchild of Vaccarello, desired by many, and the antecedent of the many more eye-catching boots that came at a later time, winners of hearts. From Chanel to Scognamiglio to Alexis Mabille, the key words are glitter, sequins, and gold and silver. SOFT BOOTS They were a must-have in the 2000s and have made a comeback on the Fall Winter 2017-2018 runways; you’ll soon see them at the feet of celebs and fashion icons, we bet! Loose on the legs, they “wrinkle” with different final results depending on whether they are ankle, knee-high, or over the knee, and give your style a lot of personality. From the minimal wedge boots by Lacoste to the incredible (and super beautiful) ones by Y/Project, to the cult item of the season – the boots designed by Saint Laurent. SOCK BOOTS They fit like a glove around your foot and leg: tight around your shapes, there’s no way to hide imperfections! If you’re thick around the calves, then move away from high stretch boots such as Balmain‘s and opt for those by Burberry: you’ll still be trendy, and your legs will thank you. LACE UP BOOTS The laced-up effect is here to stay – and not just for shoes. Rather than ballet flats though, the Fall Winter 2017-2018 fashion shows seem to have been inspired by mountain wear: the style is definitely sporty and gritty, even though these are still fancy, heeled boots, and the laces are often in bright colors, just like mountaineering ropes. Very cool, though we must ask: how long will it take us to put them on in the morning? (Please, tell us there are zips hidden in there!) BUCKLED BOOTS Straight from the 60s, suede or jacquard style, jeweled, or very much 90s style, with minimal buckles and modern materials such as snakeskin and calfskin: if you’re looking for some basic boots with interesting details, buckles are for you: you’ll nail the style.
TBS Taste: falling in love with Dabass in Milan
8-09-2017 14:46:14
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Dabass probably has it on its menu, alongside its delicious food: a love potion that makes everyone who gets close to this recently opened restaurant in Porta Romana, Milan, fall utterly in love. It might be the atmosphere, with its design lighting and its vintage chairs and tables from the flea market, it might be their delicious menu, prepared with love, changing every day, it might be their bar area, which really makes you want to hang out for an extra glass, making a toast to a radiant future: whatever it is, we’ve never seen so many eyes sparkle with love as we did yesterday. We decided to test Dabass after we saw the photos of its interiors on the IG profile of a friend of ours who is always in the know of new places to go. We fell in love with what we saw, and as always, trusting our friend was a good idea: despite the place being jam-packed yesterday night, not just for dinner, but also for drinks later on — the restaurant is also a cocktail bar — we felt at home right after sitting down, perhaps also thanks to the table setting, with its mismatched ceramic plates that look like they were just stolen from our grannies’ kitchens. The furniture is entirely upcycled, and their bathroom is very selfie-friendly, thanks to its round mirror and its pink, flower-print wallpaper that will make you suddenly feel like you are in 1960s Milan. The menu changes every day, depending on the chef’s creativity, and it is composed of 4 courses plus 3 extras, served in a succession as a tasting menu that will satisfy both your sight and sense of taste. Are you a picky eater? Worry not: we went as a party of three, each of us had special requests for the kitchen, and they took care of each and every single problem we had, whether it was food intolerance, or just preference. The dish that won all of our hearts, though, was poached eggs on saffron cream: this is the chef’s specialty, so perhaps we all actually just fell in love with him after all. Could he be hiding the restaurant’s secret love filter? If you are planning a romantic date, book it here to find out if that is the case, and order that dish: who knows, it might be holding the secret to stealing your date’s heart…
Shop the style: Coco Pink Princess
8-09-2017 10:46:30
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Would you ever have thought that a little girl could be more stylish than us, big people? The fact is, yes, it can happen. Coco Pink Princess is a 6-year-old Japanese girl who loves fashion and vintage, and after spending months following her on Instagram, we are pretty sure we need to add her to our list of the most stylish girls around right now. We aren’t actually big fans of children getting overly exposed on social media, however, Coco’s story is different and it deserves to be told. Born in Fukushima, Coco moved to Tokyo with her family when she was just a few months old, and in the city, she discovered a new world and an early passion for fashion, by spending time at Funktique Tokyo, her family’s vintage clothing store. Every day after school, Coco spent time with her parents at the shop, until it became her second home, and this got her to learn the job from some of the best vintage treasure hunters in the country. The store became very famous and it became the go-to place for influencers and social media fans, who befriended Coco and encouraged her to start her own Instagram profile. Feeling at home at Funktique Tokyo is what gave Coco the chance to create such a defined identity for herself at only 6: in her profile, you will find photos of her life and her sporty, cool, and very pink style. Bomber jackets, berets, kimono shirts, logo t-shirts, blazers with belts on top, thin glasses, furry bags, cowboy booties and so many other vintage treasures are among the vintage pearls she shares with her over 300k followers. If you are also vintage fans, you will definitely love Coco’s style and the amazing items that blow our mind in her Instagram photos. So, are you ready to get lifestyle lessons from a 6-year-old? We are sure that if she starts out like this, she will be a street style queen by the time she is an adult… So, get ready!
Fall Winter hair trends 2017-2018: side or middle parting?
8-09-2017 10:32:38
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This is a yearly challenge, every year it’s a battle to the last brush standing, but this time around, it is very hard to pick a winner. Hair trends for Fall Winter 2017-2018 actually do see the triumph of middle parting styles, but only by just a few points over side partings . MIDDLE PARTING comes with very romantic hair styles this season that are often characterised by soft waves and vintage vibes. Beach waves — as long as they are not too messy — also work with this styling, making us look sophisticated and attentive to our look. The idea is to recreate the waves you get after just after you undo a braid: so, get your round brushes and curling wands ready, prepare all your good will, and get ready to get inspired by the looks seen on the Dior, Alberta Ferretti and Zadig & Voltaire shows. As for SIDE PARTING STYLES, they come in two different versions: the first one focuses on movement and volume, and looks very dynamic, while the second is all about precision. In the first case, the parting might look a little messy, but actually, your mane will be well set, in order not to look entirely wild, as shown by Max Mara and Wunderkind. In the second case, the line is so straight it almost seems like it was traced by a marker: your hair will be perfectly parted, with the extra help of a product, such as wax or hairspray. Jour/Ne even highlights the parting by coloring it red. So, we can all take a deep breath and relax: no matter whether we are fans of side or middle partings, we will always look cool. And if we feel like it, we could even try to change how we part our hair: this is actually very good for you, as it will make your hair and scalp a lot healthier. We know that middle partings are usually recommended for those of us with a very round or square jawline, and we also know that side partings work well for those of us with a long, oval face… But why not just completely overhaul our look for once? There are no rules: the only rule is to do what you feel comfortable with.
New season, new beauty routine: how to prepare your skin for Fall
7-09-2017 12:21:54
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When Fall is about to start, and the weather changes, our beauty routine should also change with it. Preparing your skin for the new season is essential if you don’t want it to suffer because of the change in weather, especially because it might get drier, and lose in elasticity. Here are a few rules you should be mindful of when taking care of your skin, they are all important and effective, as well as relaxing. Exfoliating your face and body is rule number one. Scrubs and peeling products are here to help us getting rid of dead cells, and to prepare your skin for other treatments. Make sure that you don’t choose overly aggressive treatments, because those might cause lesions and rashes. The next step is to move on to your real beauty ritual: moisturizing! This means making sure you choose super nourishing creams for your body, or perhaps oils, such as almond or jojoba oil. As for your face, don’t forget to choose the moisturizer that works best for your skin type: if you have oily or combination skin, choose something that won’t make your skin produce any excess oil. Our beloved masks can also be great allies in our meticulous routine. And can you think of a more relaxing moment than this, anyway? A moment just for ourselves, with a mask on our face, soft music and a glass of wine, or a piece of dark chocolate in your hands? Finally, let’s talk about protection — you shouldn’t neglect sunscreen in Winter: even if you choose a low SPF, you still should be wearing some sort of sunscreen. And don’t forget lip balms! They are great for avoiding chapped lips and for fighting the effect of cold weather on your lips, and let’s be honest… Lip balms are our secret love! So what are you waiting for? Get ready to take care of your skin… We are already on it ad we have a few tips for you, so make sure you don’t miss our gallery! Cover photo credit: Svetlana Pochatun
Denim total looks are center stage again this Fall
6-09-2017 16:05:44
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It was 2001 when the then golden couple Britney Spears + Justin Timberlake showed up on the red carpet of the American Music Awards in their partner, denim total look that made history. 15 years later, denim total looks are cool again, as seen on It Girls and trendsetters par excellence Rihanna and Kendall Jenner, who were photographed last week looking basically the same, in small denim jackets and skinny jeans. This is no coincidence: just look at the catwalks, and you’ll notice that denim-on-denim is definitely a thing again, and it is especially perfect for autumn. Yeezy‘s show was the perfect example of this, with its wide cuts and vaguely grunge appeal, made even cooler when matched with high-heeled booties — by the way, do you need a tip on how to style your jacket in a new way? Tuck it into your jeans, as if it were a shirt. Dior‘s styling choices lend this generally casual combination a smart touch, by matching it with sheer black stockings, berets and pumps. Either way, the good thing about this trend is that literally anyone can pull it off, nevermind their body type, style or age. Whether you love wide or skinny cuts, whether you like flared jeans or can’t live without your skinny jeans, whether you like short jackets or refuse to wear anything that doesn’t at least brush your knees, you will surely find ways to make this trend your own. If you want  a few styling tips, all you need to do is visit our gallery.
Woman Crush Wednesday: Dove Cameron
6-09-2017 11:38:57
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Here is a test: what do artists like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande e Selena Gomez all have in common? Come on, it’s not that hard… Okay, we will tell you: they were all part of Disney Club, and all of them had great careers. Time has passed, though, and over the past few years, Disney Club has produced a new heroine that is stealing the hearts of all American teenagers, and not just theirs, since we also just picked her as our Woman Crush of the week! Her name is Dove Cameron, and if this doesn’t ring a bell, you will be able to boast that you already knew everything about her when she does get crazy famous. Dove, whose full name is Chloe Celeste Hosterman, was born in Seattle in 1996, but she spent some of her childhood years in France. As is often the case for very talented people, Chloe insisted on attending acting school since she was a kid, and she finally made it when the entire family decided to move to movie capital LA. Disney chose her for the main role in Liv and Maddie, a TV show that was very successful with teenagers, when she was only 12 — she played the lead character for all the four seasons it ran. After this experience, the young actress was also chosen for Cloud 9, Descendants (part 2 was released in July this year) and Hairspray Live! Crazy career for someone who’s only 21 years old, you might say… And that’s not all! Yes, because our WCW is a singer, too, and she started a band called The Girl and The Dreamcatcher, with her ex-boyfriend. The two released a few singles together, but after they broke up, the band also went on hiatus. Today, Dove is in another happy relationship with co-star Thomas Doherty. Who knows what that relationship might bring?
Make a smart investment: 10 items that will complete your wardrobe for Fall Winter 2017-2018
5-09-2017 15:26:36
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We often make the mistake to think that the most stylish people are those who follow the latest trends, the ones who can afford to wear the trendiest clothing every season… But the truth is, it is just the contrary: good taste and a strong identity also mean that you don’t need to follow the fashion industry’s hectic pace, knowing how to revamp your favorite items, or even reinterpret trends with a personal touch, instead. This obviously doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t buy what you like: I am telling you this as someone whose wardrobe is packed with clothes that were only worn once, who decided to clean up a bit last month, and who also decided to start buying more responsibly and in a smarter way — taking care of her wallet as well as her image on the way. After a quick survey among friends, I realized that most girls I know prefer spending less on each single product, which allows them to have a larger variety of clothing, and be up to date with trends. Well… It is time we did something about this! Seasons are switching faster and faster, and trends constantly change: this implies a huge expense, and in addition to that, it also creates huge amounts of throwaway fashion that will either gather dust in your wardrobe, or get thrown or given away, every time the trend changes. It is important to give emotional value to each product, and to understand that buying less, and buying smartly, is the way to go for fashion lovers, and for all those who would like to work on changing the system. The secret is to invest in quality, exclusive items that will last a few seasons. This doesn’t mean it has to be something expensive: vintage is a good idea, for instance. If you don’t like buying second-hand clothing, you should still focus on quality: why buy a polyester item that you’ll have to change after two washings, when you can invest in silk, which will stay in your wardrobe for years instead, in perfect condition? Remember that styling is always key: if you are good at it, and like trying out new stuff, you will not need to update your wardrobe every week, and you will be able to play around with just a few indispensable items that really shouldn’t be missing from your season’s closet. We gathered 10 items in our gallery that you really can’t miss for Fall Winter 2017-2018: we are sure that if you own one of each, you will be able to come up with terrific looks for the whole season! What do you think? Do you like the idea? 10 smart investments for Fall Winter 2017-2018: remember the styling is always the key! 
Beauty Brand 2 Know: Atelier Cologne
5-09-2017 11:12:17
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He is French, an entrepreneur and a comic-book lover; she is Italian-French, a mother and a traveller, and a fan of interior design: Christophe Cervasel and Sylvie Ganter are two perfumers who decided to share their lifelong love and passion for eau de cologne. They met in 2006 in New York City, and three years later, they started the perfume maison that shot them to fame. Atelier Cologne is the first fragrance brand that is all about cologne. It’s a lab in which 6 different collections of Absolues Colognes were created: Joie De Vivre, Chic Absolu, Avant Garde, Haute Couture, Carte Blanche and Bon Voyage, in which eau de cologne evolves into actual perfume. For their creations, Christophe and Sylvie worked with internationally renowned perfumers, such as Cécile Hua, Ralf Schwieger e Jérome Epinette, and all their products — which include candles, soaps and body lotions — are produced in France, to ensure the highest possible quality for their essences.  Love can create amazing things, especially when it is shared. This is why each fragrance is unique, and why their names bring adventures in enchanted gardens or in romantic cities to mind. The team’s attention to essences does not just extend to the creative process, but also to its presentation to customers, who are accompanied in their discovery of fragrances through the story that inspired the perfume’s birth. This is also how customers are helped in their purchase, by letting them tie the fragrance to a sequence of personal memories and emotions. All Atelier Cologne perfumes are paraben, GMO, sulfite and colorant-free, while their soaps and candles are all plant-based. We love what is peculiar, and what is born of love strikes straight to the heart: this is one of the reasons why we love this atelier, which is filled with emotions and high quality. Vanilla, orange, bergamot, amber or mandarine glaciale are all scents that will strike your attention, and leave a lasting mark on your skin, as well as in your memory.
Discover Italy on foot: the 7 most beautiful hiking paths
5-09-2017 10:22:23
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After a crazy hot summer (in Italy at least), temperatures are finally dropping back to regular levels, and we are ready to peel ourselves off that couch, and to part from our new best friend, aircon. Enough! It’s time to go out, especially because September days are the best to start again with outdoor sports! There’s one activity that everyone seems to like, since it unites physical activity and tourism, and that is hiking. Walking along beautiful paths, discovering amazing landscapes that only Italy can offer, can be a true gift for your body and your soul. So, get your notebooks out, and get ready to note down the best hiking paths in Italy according to TBS! Parco Nazionale del Paradiso Nature, clean air, absolute silence and groundhogs will be keeping you company during you walk. You will find beautiful landscapes with 360-degree views on the Gran Paradiso, Monte Rosa, Cervino and Mont Blanc mountains — to name just a few. Camogli to Portofino After a mountain path, here is a seaside one… And you can’t even imagine the beauty of this sea! The Liguria coast is among the most beautiful in Italy, and this 10-km path will make you fall in love with it… Even more. Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods) This one is in the South, in the Campania region, to be precise. This path is about 8km long, and it reaches high altitudes, testing your courage. But as people say, no pain no gain, and the view of Capri on the horizon will definitely make it worth it. Valle di Selvaromana Even though many prefer having this hike in Winter, we think that Autumn is the best time to walk it. Wild woods, high canyons, untouched green nature and chamois goats roaming free: these are the main elements of the landscape you will find yourselves in front of here. Sentiero dei limoni (The path of Lemon Trees) What comes to mind if we say “lemons”? Yes, that’s right: we are talking about the Costiera Amalfitana, and the wonderful path that crosses it. It owes its name to the scent of lemons that will please your senses while trekking… As for the landscape, well, let us just say that this path made it onto the list of the 50 best hiking paths in the world. Parco delle Madonie Let’s move further South, down to beautiful Sicily. This itinerary crosses through several villages, and it makes for a very, very interesting path, with lots of typically Mediterranean fauna and flora. And if you feel tired… You can take a break on the beaches nearby!  Trekking del Lupo (Trek of the Wolves) This path covers an area that stretches over the Parco delle Alpi Marittime in Piedmont, Italy, and the Parc du Mercantour, in France. On this path, you will find forests, lakes, and unforgettable views. And of course, while trekking, you will also get the chance to watch wolves, and the way they live.
No more icy-cold feet: socks are back!
4-09-2017 12:17:16
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Be honest: you’re totally team #coldfeet and you’d happily wear your socks at night even in June (but you don’t, because you’re a decent person), and you wear tights and thick socks with your boots. No need to be ashamed: no more worrying about your socks showing under your low boots, or suffering the cold when it’s 10 degrees outside with bare feet. Socks have made a comeback, everybody’s in love with them, and they are the must-have accessory with any kind of look and any kind of shoes! From furry slippers to fancy sandals, the trend of the Fall Winter 2017-2018 collections is saying NO to bare feet, as confirmed by global trendsetter Rihanna who, in addition to having her Fenty models walk the runway with knee-high sports socks, has designed a new collection of socks for Stance, inspired by her iconic looks, from the CFDA Awards total nude to the Met Gala yellow cape gown. Then again, we’d been smelling the arrival of this trend for quite some time, both on the street and in the fashion shows; for a few seasons, the most popular boots among celebs (and everyone else: see the Zara collections) have been stretch boots. To conclude: it’s high time you went shopping for net socks, sports socks, and more importantly, extra large wool socks: we’ll be wearing them with our naked legs (your feet are covered, that’s what matters!), with sandals or with pumps when we want to feel sexy, with Beatles-style low boots when we feel tomboyish, with flats when we feel romantic, and with furry slippers when we want to be super cool fashionistas. In any case, our feet will no longer be cold. About time, right?
Chocolate: a little sweetness for our skincare
4-09-2017 10:31:57
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I will share a secret with you: I love dark, 99% pure chocolate, and I eat quite a bit of it every night. I bet I’m not the only one chocolate lover, too: this treat makes you so happy and relaxed with just one bite… And one of chocolate’s main properties, it turns out, is that it stimulates endorphin production, and endorphin is what helps you relax and feel happy — this is why it can be addictive, not just because it’s delicious! Cocoa is not only good for your mood, it has many other good properties: it hydrates your skin, making it smoother, and purifies it. It is also an excellent antioxidant, since it contains polyphenols, and polyphenols are excellent allies for battling free radicals in your system. So, chocolate is not only good to eat, it slows down the aging process, too, and it is also one of the main ingredients in anti-cellulite treatments. So even if we can’t eat as much chocolate as we like, we can still use it for our bodies, taking in all its wonderful benefits, and enjoying its fragrance! What if I told you cocoa is also good for your hair? Because it is: thanks to its vitamin, mineral and amino acid content, cocoa lends volume to your hair, it hydrates it, softens it and gifts it with a wonderful shine, highlighting its natural sheen. There aren’t so many chocolate-based products on the market yet, other than the ones you will find in our gallery, but you could try making your own home-made hair mask, mixing cocoa, honey and olive or almond oil. I do it about once a month, and I must say I noticed the results quite quickly: my hair is a lot softer, it smells lovely, and it is super easy to comb. Just two recommendations: rinse abundantly with shampoo, and don’t even think of adding Nutella to your mask… That will not nourish your hair, it will just work as hazel-colored hair-dye! So, yes, chocolate was made to grant our every wish, and to offer us an all-round, multi-sensory experience. It’s a sweet ingredient that you must absolutely add to your skincare and haircare routine. So, the next time you bite off a piece of chocolate, have a look at our gallery, and pamper your senses!
Man Crush Monday: Domhnall Gleeson
4-09-2017 10:12:24
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If you have a feeling you’ve seen him before, well, you’re probably right. Our charming Man of the week, Domnhall Gleeson, featured in several movies, among which Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Anna Karenina, The Revenant, Star Wars VII and Ex Machina, to name a few. He is also part of the cast of Mother!, a feature film which will premiere at the 74th edition of Venice Film Festival, and will be released in theaters at the end of September. Domnhall was born in Dublin on May 12, 1983, and he is utterly in love with his native land and culture, so much so that he decided to carry on living there, only leaving Ireland to go to castings and to shoot films. His typically Irish name, which is apparently hard to pronounce for Americans too, means “king of the world” in Gaelic. His dream was to become a writer and direct movies, but somehow, he ended up following in his father’s footsteps: Brendan Gleeson, his father, featured as Alastar Moody in the Harry Potter saga. This is clearly the right direction for Domnhall, since he already won a Primetime Emmy Award for his role as Winston Churchill in TV film Into The Storm, and he was already nominated for Golden Globes three times… But we must confess that he had already stolen our hears when he played Bill Weasley in Harry Potter. It seems like Domnhall is a true rising star in Hollywood, so… All we can do is wish him the best of luck in becoming “king of film” there, and we will be waiting to watch him on the silver screen!
5 destinations for hippies (and those who feel like one!)
1-09-2017 11:51:57
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Nope, hippies did not go extinct at the end of the 1970s, some free souls still roam the Earth, and their travels are more interesting than yours. Young or adult, there is no difference: every one of them shares the same rebellious, anticonformist, and free attitude. With time, flower children became an inspiration for everybody and everything, from fashion to music, to lifestyle. Their travel itineraries are the most sought after! So if you feel a hippie or want to be one, or you want a free spirit travel experience, here are 5 destinations we chose for you! Bisbee, Arizona The US, the cradle of the hippie movement, couldn’t not have a symbol city. Bisbee is considered to have the highest concentration of hippies in the country. The relaxed lifestyle and the many artists living here are impressive! El Bolsón, Argentina From the US to South America to land in El Bolsón, a small Argentinian city that over time became the secret haven of hippies from all over the world. It certainly helps that the views are amazing and nature untouched. Overall, a true introspective trip. Kathmandu, Nepal The capital city of this Asian country has welcomed a huge number of hippie tourists over the years, as it offers them the quiet and peace they really need. The temples all over the city center will be your favorite spot. Goa, India Goa is probably the most famous destination for this kind of tourism. India in general is the perfect place if you want to spend time relaxing, away from the chaos. And there’s more: many experts say that Goa is the last “hippie paradise”. What more can we say if not “pack your bags”! Tulum, Mexico Back to the Americas and more specifically to Tulum, the popular Mexican tourist spot. Hippies state they can really find themselves and their lost energies here, thanks to the proximity with nature and to the super relaxed population!      
Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam: When the people are the true wealth of a place
31-08-2017 18:24:37
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Normally, when I come back from a trip I try to think of one word that encapsulates the experience I just lived and the places I have seen. I had been dreaming about this trip to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam for so long that even before I left home, I’d already come up with a word (actually, two): friends, and backpacking. But reality never corresponds to pre-departure expectations, and it always turns out that the words you thought would describe your trip do not describe it appropriately. First step: Bangkok. We land into the capital of Thailand at 2 pm, right on time for a few hours of relax in the hotel and getting ready for the evening. As real tourists and sort of cliché aficionados, we treat ourselves to a drink at Sirocco, the skybar famous for its breath-taking location on the 63rd floor of the Lebua Hotel, but even more famous for being the location of some scenes of The Hangover Part II. And you do feel on the set of a movie there – one with a wonderful setting. Tall skyscrapers with their lights and two large rivers: the Chao Phraya (the actual river) and the car lights on the street (a golden river of light); Bangkok’s special welcome to us. The following day, we start exploring the most popular spots in the city: Wat Phra Kaew; the Grand Palace with the sunlight reflecting on its golden walls, creating a magical atmosphere; Wat Pho and the famous Reclining Buddha. Our last day in Bangkok is dedicated to exploring its neighbourhoods and the population of the city: Chinatown and its goldsmiths and street food during the day, Khao San Road in the evening, where the party mood wins us over. At the end of this first stop, I think my word for Bangkok is CONTRAST: as in the contrast between the magnificent temples and the noisy, crowded neighbourhoods, with rivers of people moving through what seem to be very narrow spaces. We head towards Vietnam: a short flight and we are in Hanoi. We book a tour with the guys at “Ciao Vietnam”, an association of Vietnamese students of Italian who offer free tours in exchange for an opportunity to practice the language. Over one day, they show us the wonders of Hanoi, from the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum at the Temple of Literature, while in the evening, they take us on a food tour of the city. In the Old Quarter, we order Buncha (a typical Vietnamese noodle soup – and Barack Obama’s favorite dish!) and fresh rolls, after which we head over to a historical café in the Old Quarter (which has stayed exactly the same for the past 40 years) for a typical egg coffee. After this first day, I already know what my words for Vietnam are: MOTORBIKES and SOBRIETY; the reasons for the first one are easy to explain: out of the average 10 million people living in Vietnamese big cities, 9 million own a motorbike. Walking through the city requires courage, you need to be quick and resolute. My second word is inspired by the people of Vietnam: only recently getting accustomed to tourism, but so welcoming, and calmly and kindly so; people who take great pride in their history. The following day, thanks to the good weather which you can’t take for granted this time of the year, we board a 2-day cruise in the Halong Bay. Here, we discover a different Vietnam, dominated by the sea and uncontaminated nature. After the cruise, Ho Chi Minh City (old Saigon) is waiting for us. After the war, the city was entirely rebuilt and now it’s almost all made up of tall, modern buildings. We set out for a DIY tour of the city on foot including all the iconic landmarks of the city, including City Hall, the central post office, Notre-Dame cathedral, and Reunification Palace. Hunting for even more authentic spots, we follow a taxi driver’s suggestion and visit the old street of artisan craftsmanship by the Ben Thahn market, where we buy a few (real or fake, we have no way to know) antiques from the Vietnam War. Our next stop is the Củ Chi Tunnel, about 20 miles from Saigon, one of the districts that suffered the worst destruction from the bombing and poisoning during the war. Củ Chi has the largest network of tunnels excavated by the Viet Cong: during the war, they constituted a city in itself, with kitchens, dormitories, and meeting rooms. Parts of these tunnels can now be explored by brave tourists, and we of course accept the challenge. It’s not easy, and while we walk bending over in the darkness, we try to think what this place must have been like before the tunnels were enlarged to facilitate tourist visits. The following day, we board a flight to Cambodia. The humidity and heat are a constant presence here, too, but the thick vegetation and the city, which has a lot less traffic, make air easier to breath and the torrid heat easier to bear. Our first stop in the country is Angkor, Cambodia’s most important archeological site and one of the most important on the planet. The area is home to hundreds of Hindu and Buddhist temples, 80 of which are the main temples and of many other only some remains can be found. I was never particularly into archeological sites, but this is different: s soon as I step into the area in my sarong, I can definitely feel the captivating magnificence of this place and its timeless spirituality. These ruins tell a story about the present and the past. The following days and temples keep giving the same emotional gift. The following day we leave at dawn to visit Angkor Wat, the most important temple of the area and the symbol of Cambodia. It’s hard waking up at 4.30 am but we feel very smart and privileged. Who would ever wake up at that ungodly hour on vacation to see the sun rise over a Cambodian temple? Well, apparently almost all the tourists in the region! I had envisioned a sort of “private show”, and I find myself walking in the dark on a floating bridge together with hundreds of other people towards the grass around the temple, a sort of Woodstock – Coachella mixed experience. After this, we explore other wonderful temples: Ta Phrom and Ta Som, the former famous for hosting the set of the Tomb Rider movie (Angelina Jolie is sort of a national symbol and there’s a cocktail with her name), the latter less famous but just as beautiful. The final days we dedicate to getting to know this city and its people better; we go to Kulen Mountain for an authentic Cambodian religious experience. Kulen is a green national park that doesn’t get much western tourism, with wonderful waterfalls where we stop to bathe in the water and take some photos. Kulen is, however, also and mainly a place of prayer, one of the most important ones for Cambodians. People come here to pray and find comfort in religion and each other. I think it was here that I found my word for Cambodia and its people, only one word but a strong one: INTEGRATION, for how religious symbols and the roots of the trees co-exist happily, and for how people always smile and help each other, in their awareness that happiness and fortune are a common possession. Those who have the least are the most generous: like Songha, our guide, who offered the tip we gave him to a Buddhist monk and to an elderly man doing roadwork on the path we were walking on, and then bought four animals made with palm leaves from a group of 4- or 5-year old girls. He explains that you should never give money to children, but rather teach them the concepts of work and remuneration. I follow his example and buy two small animals too from a 5-year old who greets me and chats with me in almost-perfect Italian. Her smile makes my heart happy. On the plane back to Milan, I have that melancholic but beautiful feeling that travels always give you at their end. It reminds me of how I feel as I read a book I love: I can’t wait to know how it ends, but I also never want it to end. Today, I keep re-reading the last line of this beautiful book that was my trip, waiting for the (for me and my fellow travelers) much-awaited sequel. Words and pics by Chiara Magnaghi
Designer to know: George Keburia
31-08-2017 11:37:38
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George Keburia is a Georgian designer leaving a mark: his brand, founded in 2010, showcases both the history of his country and its new era through masculine and feminine aesthetics that are taking fashion and beauty to a new, completely unusual level. His clothes feature a mix of masculine elegance and feminine classiness, with voluminous lines and a minimal design; they are designed and made in Tbilisi. For George Keburia, finding the right textile is one of the most important processes for the development of each collection: he only selects high quality materials and textures that are both attractive and convey whatever message the young designer wants them to. His Fall Winter 2017-2018 collection proposes a romantic idea of woman, sensual and sophisticated, inspired by the 80s and 90s; it’s immediately conquered some of the most important concept stores in the world. After the great success of Georgian designers such as Demma Gvasalia, fashion opened its doors to young, creative talents like George Keburia. His contemporary take on fashion has no age and creates the perfect balance between lifestyle and elegance. Freshness and novelty are the keywords today in the world of fashion, and George Keburia provides them, and more! Stumbling into this Fall Winter 2017-2018 collection was a great surprise for us. When the accounts of some of the coolest stylists of the year published their creations through the most unusual stories, we figured it was not a coincidence. The masculine and feminine aesthetics of the brand is all we’d want in our closet at the moment: his sunglasses have been available for one week and – trust us – they’ll be the trendiest accessory of the winter!
How to transform your makeup style with one simple step: gold mascara
31-08-2017 11:28:32
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I’m not one to wear much makeup; I never was. Be it because my sensitive skin doesn’t usually agree with cosmetics, or because I am lazy (my beauty colum is called The Lazy Girl Diary after all): but during the day, I just wear as little makeup as possible, and very often, especially in the summer, only mascara. However, I love playing around with makeup: at TBS Crew, I am always the first to try new products, from bright and glitter nail polishes to unusual lipstick colors; last year, I even dyed my hair a teal color. So when a gold mascara arrived for us to try, I did not hesitate to wear it, thinking it would be the first and only time I did, as it frequently happens. You guys. Right after work, I’d planned to have a drink with friends and I’d completely forgotten about the gold mascara. But my friends noticed instantly and commented on how bright my eyes looked that day! A few days later, I wore it again to attend the presentation of a new beauty product; it was a huge hit, with PRs asking me about the name of the brand, because it looked so good. So it dawned on me that this product had a lot of potential: gold mascara is a simple product that does not require full-face makeup – in fact, it looks best on an otherwise natural-looking face. And still, there’s something magical about what your eyes look with it, even though the observer can’t tell where this magnetism comes from. Long story short: gold mascara is now part of my beauty bag – forever. I wore it during summer evenings for extra luminosity that suited my tan perfectly, and I will wear it in the winter, when my makeup will entail eyeliners, kajal pencils, and dark eye shadows again, to which gold mascara will give unexpected brightness. Remember: better not to wear lipstick or wear a nude color, and use a generous amount of black mascara underneath… that’s how gold mascara will be at its best! PS: this product is not easy to find: see the two options we propose in the gallery, but there’s an extra trick: you can apply your golden eyeliner onto your mascara, and the final result will be quite similar to what you’d achieve with the product itself!
Magic potions to keep you young forever actually exist, and they’re called face serums
30-08-2017 15:48:46
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They say there is no such thing as a magic potion or a spring of eternal youth to drink from for ever-young skin and a beautiful face that doesn’t age; it may be true, but for sure there’s a product that helps you to slow time down: face serums. This “magical” treatment is a part of beauty routines and contains highly concentrated active ingredients which penetrate deep into your skin, thus being a lot more effective than any regular face cream on its own. Serums also have a lighter and silky texture compared to creams and for this reason, they need to be applied right after cleansing your skin and before you day or night cream. It’s lazy-proof: you only need a few drops (no more than 3) and no need to massage it into the skin unless the specific instructions of the product say so – or unless you want to try a new sensory experience: lately, cosmetics brands have been coming up with new formulas that contain perfumes that can relax your body and mind, thus creating new beauty rituals that involve multiple senses at once. There are several types of serums, including anti-wrinkle, antioxydant, age repair, anti-blemish, highlighters, lifting, and moisturizing, which offer solutions for issues such as complexion, luminosity, wrinkles, and blemishes. The magical ingredient is hyaluronic acid, to which vegetal complex and vitamins are added to obtain the desired effect in as little time as possible: plumper, moisturized, repaired, and protected skin. There is no minimum age to start using serums, but there is a specific serum for each time of your life, for any type of skin and for problematic parts of one’s face that tend to age faster, i.e. eyes and lips. To conclude: if you’re wondering why this magic potions is not part of your beauty routine yet, it’s time to catch up and find the best one for you and your skin in the gallery below!
Woman Crush Wednesday: Alison Pill
30-08-2017 10:41:44
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An actress needs to be able to act using every part of her body – or only one. Alison Pill took this direction quite literally and began her career by using one tool to express herself: her voice. The actress, the newest entry to the cast of American Horror Story (available from September 5), debuted as the voice of children’s audiobooks when she was just 10, but clearly she was ready to walk the path to a great cinema career. And so it was: within 10 years (her first “real” role was in Kung Fu: The Legend Continues) she found her place in the Hollywood dream team, achieving more and more success and demonstrating beyond any possible doubt that she is, in fact, a “complete” actress. She was born in Toronto on November 27, 1985, and after being cast for her first roles she moved to NYC to seek fortune in the theater world. In 2006, she was awarded a Tony Award for her performance in The Lieutenant of Inishmore. After that, she alternated between theater and cinema and TV series: she was Maggie Jordan in the TV series The Newsroom, Zelda Fitzgerald in Midnight in Paris, directed by Woody Allen, Maud in the TV series adapted from Ken Follett’s novel The Pillars of the Earth, and Anne Kronemberg in Milk. Her filmography is long and getting longer: in September, we will see her in the seventh season of American Horror Story, where she’ll be a lesbian mother (her partner will be Sarah Paulson). In the meantime, her love life did not get overlooked! She’s been married with actor Joshua Leonard since 2015, and they had a baby girl last year. She loves animals and owns a dog named Henry; she’s also heavily involved in social issues and she’s spoken out on environmental issues. Her greatest passion? Reading! Whenever she has some free time, she dives into a novel… or a new script!
An instagrammable day: 4 new spots in Milan for eats and pics
29-08-2017 11:57:36
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There is one rule: the food must be delicious. But if you find a place that pleases the eyes just as much as it does the palate, then it’s double the fun, right? In Milan, the new restaurants and bars opening recently are all both tasty and beautiful… Instagram perfect! If you feel like treating yourself (and your account), these new spots are what you’re looking for. Breakfast to dinner – are you ready to shoot? BREAKFAST: LùBar (via Palestro 16, inside the GAM– Galleria d’Arte Moderna). We had breakfast here (read our TBS Taste report!) and we enjoyed their bread with a zillion different jams: is there a better way to start your day? The location is oh so pretty: a sort of greenhouse filled with plants, which will make waking up much less of a trauma. LUNCH: Soulgreen (piazzale Principessa Clotilde). Vegetarians and vegans, this one’s for you! No animal-based ingredients on the menu, flours are gluten-free only and the kitchen is fully ayurvedic. But this doesn’t mean that taste is sacrificed: the recipes, which are all plant-based, are delicious and super colorful. They are just perfect to hunt those likes. The decor is also beautiful: furbished with natural materials, pastel colors and, needless to say, a lot of green. Shoot away! DINNER: Dabass (via Piacenza 13). It’s barely opened its doors and it’s already taken Instagram by storm, with its English china, the velvet-covered armchairs, and the typical Milanese geometric tiles from the Sixties. The menu changes on a daily basis depending on seasonality and availability of products at the market: the tasting menu includes four courses. AFTER DINNER: The Spirit (via Piacenza 15). This place, refurbished by Juan Carlos Viso, is hidden behind a black doorway with metal bosses and three round windows through which to peek inside. The decor is all about velvet and wood, which create a magical environment. This theme is pushed further by the wine menu, where every drink owes its name to a myth or legend related to the ingredients of the cocktail, crafted by the talented bartenders. The Blonde Salad team owns all the rights on LùBar’s pics, the other pics come from the IG accounts of the mentioned places.
Beauty Brand 2 Know: Beauty Bakerie
29-08-2017 11:19:26
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Cashmere Carillo is an extraordinary woman who’s built a small empire thanks to her willpower and her ability to believe that you can always improve yourself a little further. Her mission is being sweet and making others’ lives sweeter in turn, because you always need to look at the silver lining. And she knows that: she became the teenage mother of a baby girl at 16 and later was diagnosed with breast cancer. But she did not give up and kept on working for her own and her daughter’s future from her hospital bed. Defeating cancer wasn’t easy, but her stubbornness allowed her to overcome the greatest obstacle of her life and become the founder of a beauty brand which is very much appreciated in the US. Even Queen Beyoncé was very much impressed by this beautiful story and its happy ending, to the point where she’s hosted it on her website. Beauty Bakerie was born in 2011 in California. Its product line is famous for being cruelty-free and for not melting even at the end of a long day or as a consequence of greasy skin. It includes lipsticks, eye shadows, face oils, highlighters and many vegan products, such as Wake & Bake Hydrating Face Oil, an intensive moisturizing oil which you can use on your ace, skin, nails, and lips. What’s sweeter than ice cream? In the summer, possibly nothing: so you might well fall in love with the packaging of Beauty Bakerie products! When instead of ice cream, the tub contains a fantastic highlighter that which change your life, well, twist my arm. The sweet design, the quality of the ingredients and the concept behind them create a perfect mix that will get your attention. We all need a good serving of sweetness every day, for us to feel better and happier! This is why we love Beauty Bakerie, a makeup brand that makes us feel better and be better people. This opposition to the “bad girl” makeup trend might also be another reason to like it: we need to enjoy the last of the summer and think that the season will never end, at least not on our skin – or inside us!    
Sock boots are the must have shoes this winter 2017
29-08-2017 10:18:23
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Two summers ago, Vêtements opened its fashion show with the coolest boots ever seen: literally ankle boots shaped like socks, and with heels; these boots instantly became the iconic accessory of the brand and still get proposed every new season in different patterns and colors. They also immediately became part of celeb trendsetters’ closets, and this season, they enter ours as well: sock boots, that is tight boots up to your ankle, following the shape of your leg, are the must have shoes this winter 2017! Initially, they were really difficult to find, as as such also an expensive accessory; but fortunately for us, it became such a popular trend that this season, many brands offer sock boots for any wallet: knitted, velvet, leather and patent leather, suede, prints… there’s something for everyone! On the runways and in the street, they’ve become unavoidable: designers have created new versions simply by adding the “sock” to any existing type of shoe, thus effectively making it an ankle boot: Fendi did it with sandals, Balenciaga with pumps. Are you ready to conquer the fashion capitals with these sock boots and the best and most unusual colors, patterns and prints of the season? Straight from the runways We recommend choosing a colorful, unusual style: you can’t go wrong with black and nude colors, true, but since there are no longer rules for mixing and matching colors, go crazy, both with day and evening wear! Scroll down to the gallery for the coolest styles to buy for the Fall Winter 2017-2018 – for thin and thick wallets! If you can not wait, here you can find our favorites!
Man Crush Monday: Nat Wolff
28-08-2017 14:30:00
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He may not have the face and body of a hot babe, but we promise as soon as he opens his mouth you’ll instantly fall in love with Nat Wolff. The star of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns is just 22 (he was born on 17 December 1994) but he’s already winning hearts thanks to his many talents, his smarts, and a witty humor and naughty smile that would conquer anyone. Could there be a better candidate as this week’s crush? Born in a super creative family (his father is a jazz musician, his mother an actress), Nat and his brother, Alex, inherited a passion for cinema and music from their parents and made these forms of art a part of their lives from the very beginning: they started writing songs at the age of 5 or 6, they learnt how to play a multitude of instruments (Nat’s favorite was the piano), and they founded a band, called The Naked Brothers Band, whose adventures soon became a TV series and then a movie, thanks to their mother’s help with production and directing. The success of the TV series brought about offers of small film roles: Nat got a part in New Year’s Eve, then in Palo Alto and The Fault in Our Stars, and finally landed the main role in Paper Towns in 2015 alongside Cara Delevingne. He was on a roll: in 2016 he starred in In Dubious Battle (directed by James Franco) with Selena Gomes; this year, he will be in Netflix’s “western” remake of Death Note, the TV series inspited by the manga by the same name, which just became available, and in Home Again, with Reese Witherspoon, who in the film is a divorced woman whose life completely changes once she welcomes three teenagers as her flatmates. What about his love life? Nat dated colleague Margaret Qualley for two years, and after that he had brief relationships with Suki Waterhouse and Bella Thorne. It is currently unknown whether there’s a special someone in his life; so dear readers, take note: he loves jazz and basketball (he’s a Lakers fan), so if you’re in New York… you know where to find him!
Is your makeup ready to withstand a series of unfortunate events?
28-08-2017 11:10:23
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The internet is a magical place. Very recently, an incredible review on Ulta.com determined a sharp increase in the sales of a NYX Cosmetics makeup setting spray. If we told you the whole story, you’d think we were crazy. The reviewer tells of how she was involved in a car crash (nothing too serious, fortunately) and how shocked she was when her makeup stayed perfect throughout the accident, the ambulance ride, the hours she spent in the hospital, and her return home! This inspired us to ask you a difficult question: Is your makeup ready to withstand a series of unfortunate events? Not on its own, obvs; setting sprays are here to help… Makeup setting sprays are a typical wedding staple; weddings, while not to be considered one of the above unfortunate events, are the obvious situation in which you need your look to last hours upon hours without retouching it. The ceremony, the photos, the meal, the drinks, and more… nobody would want their mascara to start melting on their face, or to end up with smudged lipstick! But setting sprays are not just a professional product: today, there are products available for thick and thin wallets (find our favorites in the gallery!). Our tip: do not limit its use to one time a day. Many of these sprays have moisturizing properties, so using it multiple times during your day can only do your skin good! PARENTAL ADVISORY: actually looking for unfortunate events is not recommended; your makeup will last a long time anyway!  
USA Road Trip: Discovering the Deep South
25-08-2017 12:22:06
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Waking up early in the morning and setting off, with the company of a few questions: where will you sleep? Where will you eat? When will you stop next? The adrenaline levels rise as you climb into the car: the roads yet undiscovered, the wonders waiting behind the next turn, that wow you time and time again. A successful road trip will be in your heart forever! And what better destination for an adventurous road trip than the wide, wide USA? 10 days, 6 states, 2 friends, and a long way to go. Let’s go! After 11 long hours in the air, we finally land in Atlanta, Georgia, which welcomes us with its suffocating heat and impressive humidity. Welcome to the deep south! After recovering with a nice night of sleep and a waffle – the first of many – we spend the first morning in the States exploring the city and visiting the World of Coca Cola, where the super secret recipe for the popular soda has been hiding for the past 125 years. As we get familiar with this new world, we are also ready to our adventure to begin. First stop: Alabama. Equipped with swimsuits and sundresses, we head towards the coast and the white beaches of Mobile. But our dreams of achieving the perfect tan do not survive the weather forecast: the endless blue skies are soon replaced by dark clouds and tornadoes. Within a few minutes, we’re in the middle of a monsoon, and think we will soon join Dorothy in OZ. Just the time to greet the ocean, and we’re back on the road. Four hours to go to the French culture of New Orleans, where we’ll spend two amazing days enjoying good music and good food. The first morning, feeling daring (or too confident, especially considering the heat), we decide to follow Keith, a retired lawyer, for a biking tour around the creole neighbourhood of the city, its oldest and most charming part. As we go, our new friend helps us discover the history and architecture of New Orleans, and we get to fully immerse in its authentic, quiet atmosphere. We admire the wrought iron balconies, the brightly colored houses, the patio – gardens, the liberty buildings, and the bazaars de luxe. And as everybody knows, New Orleans is one of the beating hearts of the world of music: New Orleans means jazz, because it is here, in the heart of Louisiana, that this genre, still very much alive, was born and developped, and it still resounds in its streets and bars. The next stop takes us to Texas, the state by the Gulf of Mexico. Six hours through greenery, and we arrive in Houston – yes, like “Houston, we have a problem”, the message sent out by the Apollo 13 mission on 13 April 1970. The mission had departed from Cape Canaveral. The message was addressed to the Mission Control Center of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, the most famous in the world. Everything here makes you think of that fateful episode, of Lovell, Swigert and Haise, and of the landing on the Moon. Not even 24 hours later we are on the famous Route 61 along the Great River, destination: Clarksdale, home to blues music and and land of white cotton fields. At sundown, we arrive at Hopson Plantation, our accommodation for the night. Everything here seems to have stopped at the time when the plantation was still active – the rooms are in the old wood and tin seed houses, and the old machinery are left to collect rust in the yard. We barely have time to settle before we’re off again, headed towards the town in the Mississippi delta, which will turn out to be a ghost town. In the narrow, dark alleys, the notes of a sad blues melody can be heard. After a night spent with a cold beer, sitting on rocking chairs and looking up at the stars, we are ready to leave again. On the road again, this time towards Tennessee! Our first stop in this leg of the trip is Memphis. We have very little time so we choose to dedicate it to the kind of rock and roll, Elvis Presley, on the 40th anniversary of his death. At no 3734 of the boulevard that took his name, behind the famous fence, lies the eccentric Graceland, the mansion where the King lived until his death at the age of 42. This is a real paradise for kitsch junkies like myself: furry carpets, questionable color combinations, wallpaper featuring poodles, and upholstery on the ceiling: if you’re also on my same team, you can’t miss it! We spend the last two days of our trip in colorful Nashville, aka the Music City, where everybody – from locals to tourists, to country music aficionados and aspiring songwriters – lives and breathes this form of art day in and day out. Music really is the blood flowing in the veins of the city: take for instance the legendary Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry House or the unmissable “blues bars” on Broadway. But Nashville is so much more than that: a lively city with welcoming people, rich in culture and historical buildings (and, well, ok, a real life replica of the Parthenon). You can’t miss the street art that truly represent this beautiful city that never sleeps: from the Draper James stripes to the famous “I Believe in Nashville”. With 1800 miles behind us, tired but happy, we head back towards Atlanta international airport. Time to return home! We don’t speak, we’re melancholic. We both know this is not a goodbye, but rather a see you soon, or as they say in the Deep South: See Y’all soon! Text and pics by Chiara Scalabrini
The Malaysian Diary: a travel guide to paradise
24-08-2017 17:03:06
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A skyline of 228 skyscrapers, the eleventh most crowded such skyline on the planet, dominated by the Petronas Twin Towers, with their 1483 ft of light and design against the dark of the night. I just landed after a gruelling 21 hours of flights, and this is how Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia welcomes me as I look down from my 13th floor balcony at the Setia Sky Residence. I’m too awestruck to be tired, and thinking that this cityscape simply was not there (or the majority of it wasn’t, anyway) just 15 years ago. My background in Economics takes over and instantly makes me associate the two towers with their owner, the oil tycoon Petronas, who built them, and I recognize several big names in the banking and financial world on top of other skyscrapers (which sort of ruins the magic, let me tell you). I am still completely unaware of how unrepresentative this is of the true nature of this country: but over the next two weeks, it’ll become very clear. The following morning, I am on a new flight, this time towards Kuala Terengganu. As we take off, I’m surprised to see that for as far as I can see, the entire area around the airport is covered in palm trees (Wikipedia will later reveal that Malaysia is the second largest world producer of palm oil. Mystery solved). Once we land, the next leg of the trip takes us to Lumut by way of a one-hour taxi ride and many many prayers. The prayers are an integral part of the ride: in Malaysia, fares are fixed for most routes, which means it’s in the driver’s best interest to get you to your destination as fast as possible to pocket the fare and free his taxi for the next ride. Nothing wrong with that, but it also means that excessive speeds on ill-equipped vehicles are the norm, and that makes for a, let’s say, adrenalinic experience. Once in Lumut, a motorboat takes us to the Perhentian Islands in 35 minutes. That scary taxi ride? It’s clear now that it was totally worth it. For the next 5 days, we will explore these small tropical islands, with warm, crystal-clear water and white sands – and very few tourists. Fresh coconut is available at little shacks on the beach, grilled fish and other local delicacies at charming restaurants, and the mood is super relaxing – and relaxed. This is a tourist destination and indeed people travel from all over the world to get here, but the low number of resorts makes it so that the islands just can’t get really crowded: apart from the beaches, the jungle engulfs most of the islands, leaving little room for construction. We’re staying at a bungalow with a veranda; the indoor is very simple – a couple beds and a bathroom. Anything more would distract us from the beauty that surrounds us and from the simple life (a surprise in itself) that is typical of this place and makes us forget about all the superfluous and makes us content with nature. After 5 days of sun, beaches, canoeing and stuffing our faces with fish, we return to the mainland and move further inland, to reach the natural park of Taman Negara, where we’ll spend 2 days in the jungle. We abandon our swimwear for long trousers, and our T-shirts for long sleeves against mosquitos. We soon realize that little buggers really like the crazy humidity of the area – a deadly combo. But the beauty of this place is so overwhelming that everything feels more tolerable. That of the jungle is a commanding beauty, which you can admire and come closer to with organized tours led by the park guides, but it is immediately clear that we can never own it and know it in a deep way – or not without risk, anyway. Looking at it from the riverside, we are awed by the power of this place, by how old and thick it is, how impenetrable in some parts: it sends a shiver down our spines, the only idea. But what I’ll always carry with me is the acoustic memory: a constant, solemn singing, which has been resounding for millennia. Make sure that at least once in your lifetime, you spend 10 minutes standing still by the river, listening to the sound of a tropical forest. Next stop is further west inland, in the Cameron Highlands. If you’ve seen The Lord of the Rings movies, then this place will instantly remind you of the Shire, with its green hills as far as you can see, rivers nourishing the lush tea shrubs and strawberry fields. This is an incredibly fascinating place, where the existence of man and nature unfolds in harmony and with mutual advantage. Unfortunately, we only have a full day here before we have to move on. After too many hours on a bus (especially if compared to the distance we are covering; Malesia rarely offers more than one route to get to a place, and normally that route is NOT straight), we’re back in Lumut, on the west coast, and it’s pouring (monsoon season is just about to start). From Lumut, we board the ferry and the monsoon subsides, leaving the sky clear for a breath-taking sunset. We soon reach the island of Palau Pangkor, where we’ll spend 3 days in a lesser known village, where we can enjoy a real, authentic experience. Our accommodation is on the main street of the village, lined with stalls selling very affordable fruit, fresh fish and all sorts of essentials (a sort of open air supermarket). The beach is just a bit further and is dotted with restaurants where you can enjoy local delicacies for ridiculously low prices. Compared with the tropical-like colors of the Perhentian Islands, there is more green here and the sand is not as fine, but it is still an incredibly charming place, and there are many little coves you can reach by way of “taxi boat”. On the last day on the island, a local fisherman invites us on his daily outing for fish. At the end of the day, we share what we’ve fished, and he recommends a restaurants where they’ll cook our share for us. A few minutes into the dinner, it dawns on us that we’ll never be able to eat all of this stuff: our table is covered with cooked fish. Local people curiously peer at us and we try to explain that all of this goodness is the result of our own efforts that same afternoon. When they hear that, they start complimenting us on our fishing skills, and some what to take a photograph with us! Eventually, we ended us sharing the fish with the other people in the restaurants – and I dare say no one left hungry. Total expense: about USD 10 each. The following night, I’m in Kuala Lumpur again, and again looking down at its skyline from the 38th floor swimming pool at the Setia Sky Residence. This time, though, I have a new understanding of this country. I have come full circle and now I know these buildings are not the true soul of Malesia: a simple, essential land, that needs no light, grandeur, or skyscrapers to be appreciated at its best. A wonderful country that I invite you to visit, before its authenticity is completely lost. Text and pictures by Federico Parma
How to wear the new plastic trend and look super stylish
23-08-2017 18:34:34
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When it comes to fashion, I am the “I try everything” kind of girl. Wearing crazy clothes or unusual combinations is spicing up my life. That does not mean that I’d wear anything, of course: I do have a personal no-go list. It contains pieces I swore to myself that would never ever end up in my closet and even less on my body. One oft those are –guess what– raincoats. Those vinyl clothes are as repelling to me as the thought of hairy spiders. Why? First of all, they are made to serve a functional cause. How sad! Aren’t clothes supposed to make us look better nowadays? It’s not that we have to survive the whole rainy season in the wilderness, right? So until now, I rather got wet. Or poor (thanks to all the cab fees). Second, raincoats are made of weird materials. Who does like the feeling of bulky plastic or creaky rubber on skin? Not me, that I know for sure. Nevertheless, after watching the latest catwalk shows, I had to notice that raincoats, or plastic materials in general, are becoming a big thing in fashion. I spotted transparent rain coats at MiuMiu’s, at Annakki’s, Dolce & Gabbana’s, I saw transparent plastic skirts at Emporio Armani and Alberta Zambelli, rubber bag covers at Salvatore Ferragamo and vinyl tops at Moschino. And guess what: I started to rethink my no-go list. Because to be honest, some of the vinyl looks actually looked really cool. And not “functional” at all. They actually looked totally fashionable. And since I want to stay the “I try everything” kind of girl in fashion, I did my best to give this trend a chance. The result? This amazing look below. Check it out – they might suddenly make you appreciate plastic clothes, too.  
The 5 Fall Winter 2017-2018 makeup trends you cannot miss
23-08-2017 15:41:35
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Time to shake up your beauty routine! The key word this upcoming season is: experimenting, and plenty of inspiration is coming from the runways, which like every year offer tons of ideas. Afraid to get lost among too many options? Keep scrolling! Here’s the 5 Fall Winter 2017-2018 make up trends you cannot miss. Bye bye, naked palettes and natural reflections, hello, experimenting and turning every make up look into a work of art! The focus is on the eyes, and the main products to use are eye shadows and eye liners – pop, of course. The color to have in your make up bag is blue. Let yourself be inspired by Andy Warhol for mix-and-matching, and by Juan Mirò for patterns and lines; but there are no rules – just be creative! Bright colors on your lips are a bit like floral in the spring… so original! Of course, they’re not as obvious in the cold season. This is normally a look best left to Katy Perry! Some designers, however, did not let the consensus dictate their taste and opted for this bold style, with natural make up on the rest of the face, so as not to overdo it. It’s a challenge – use fuchsia, or you can choose to simply change the undertone of your favorite lipstick and opt for an orange or burgundy hue to get a smashing result without going all the way. There are two types of people: those who apply make up onto their bottom lashes and those who don’t even seem to know they have them. The message from the runways is loud and clear: your bottom lashes deserve love, too! Painting, emphasizing, and extending: aliens must be able to see your lashes. From space. Extra touch? A gold or silver eyeliner which makes your eyes look even brighter and directs attention to your lashes. We immediately noticed them on the Balmain runway, which this year proposed a stunning look, which wouldn’t look out of place on a modern-day Amazon. Chloé and Chanel proceeded to confirm the trend, and more followed… the guidelines for this style are easier than you’d think: focus on the eyes and less time spent to perfect the rest. As you can imagine, you need to be quite skilled with an eyeliner. Cut crease: an eye shadow technique that features a pronounced “cut” in the crease of the eye. It’s been heavily used by theatre actors, as it highlights and exaggerates the shape and size of the eyes, but it’s also become a staple of drag queen makeup techniques. The version we’ve seen in recent fashion shows is slightly different and reminds us more of a revisited Matisse or Monet, if Matisse and Monet made makeup. It’s a great touch of color in your look, makes your eyes look bigger, and also looks very sophisticated, even if you’re not using any mascara.
Woman Crush Wednesday: Madelaine Petsch
23-08-2017 11:28:04
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If you’re Riverdale fans, you probably hate her in the same measure as you find her stunning and sexy. Madelaine Petsch is the bad girl in the best loved teen drama right now after 13 Reasons Why, and the character she plays has quickly become the most popular of them all. But even though Madelaine (or rather Cheryl Blossom) is cruel and manipulative, everybody loves her, and she is definitely starting to emerge as a film star. Madelaine is 23, a Leo (her birthday is 18 August 1994), and a redhead. She was born in LA but she moved to South Africa with her family at the age of 8, and she didn’t return to California until she was 18 and set on becoming an actress. Ever since she was little, Madelaine had already decided her life would unfold in one of two places – either on a stage or in front of a camera: when she was 3, she started putting up performances for her parents and practising dancing regularly, which made her body graceful and agile. In 2015 her career started properly, as she acted in scifi movie The Hive and in the TV series Instant Mom, which brought her talent to the attention of bigger projects and led her to be cast as Cheryl in Riverdale. In the series, Cheryl is absolutely despicable, but Madelaine is the complete opposite! She’s kind, honest, and super nice to her friends on set (to the point where she apologizes when she has to be mean during shooting!) But if in terms of personality, Madelaine and Cheryl are two worlds apart, the same cannot be said of their styles: Cheryl has definitely taught Madelaine one thing or two when it comes to bold colors, and especially make up (namely lipstick); even though her red carpet style is usually filled with nude hues, such as the one in which she was awarded the Choice Hissy Fit for her role as Cheryl. That night, her plus one was her boyfriend, rapper Travis Mills: they’ve been together for a while, and it would appear that Madelaine has a soft spot for musicians, since she used to date Aaron Carter! We will see her soon in the second season of Riverdale as well as in Polaroid, a horror movie in which evil looms in the form of a camera with mysterious properties… say cheese!
The best European destinations for a September vacay
22-08-2017 15:05:34
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Some people have just returned from vacation, some are switching from sadness to moodiness to despair as they reminisce their travels… and some are euphoric, because they’re finally about to board that plane! September is the perfect month for vacations: just the right amount of tourists and prices up to 30% lower than in August. Summer’s not over yet – in fact it still has to begin for some: so here’s 5 great destinations in Europe for the shoulder season! Formentera, Spain Together with Ibiza, Formentera is the island of wonders that everybody wants to see at least once in their lifetime. Prices usually are the issue (together with the crowds), but if you just wait it out, Formentera is a true paradise in September, and flights are a lot more affordable. Favignana, Sicily, Italy The island of Favignana has been recently crowned the best loved destinations by Italians and foreigners. Unfortunately, in the second half of August it is pretty much off limits and it’s almost impossible to find a hotel room, unless you have been wise enough to book your spot in February… but in September, once everybody’s left, Favignana performs its magic and becomes even more beautiful. Dubrovnik, Croatia Guys, Croatia has undiscovered beauty as you cannot even dream of. (Unless you’ve been there, of course). Dubrovnik is the absolute queen of the country, with its blue waters and the superb and cheap food, especially outside of the high season. If you visit, you can also go to the small island of Lokrum, right off Dubrovnik: it’ll be just you and peacocks roaming free. Istanbul, Turkey One of the most mysterious cities on the planet, bridging Europe and Asia, Istanbul is at its very best in September. The weather is mild (no more sticky heat), beaches are not as crowded (we recommend the small island of Kizil Adalar) and exploring the many wonders of this city is surely going to be a real treat. Rhodes, Greece Same story: tourists from all over the world flock to Greece, and you can be thankful that the country has as many as 100 islands, otherwise where would they fit? To prevent people invading your personal space, September is the ideal time to visit. We chose Rhodes because it’s one of the largest Greek islands, with record numbers in the tourism sector in August. The beaches (universally recognized as some of the most beautiful on the planet) will be all yours in September, and flights will be considerably cheaper!    
Beauty Brand 2 Know: Susanne Kaufmann
22-08-2017 11:17:17
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Susanne Kaufmann is from the Bregenz Forest, in the Alps, where each generation has been teaching the following one about the medical properties of plants for a long time. This is also where the Hotel Post Bezau, which has been in the family for five generations, is located – and where Susanne Kaufmann’s namesake skincare brand was born. Since she was very young, Susanne has been fascinated by the idea of finding a contemporary way to allow her guests to experience the unique properties of local herbs. Together with a team of pharmacy researchers and dermatologists, she thus decided to create Susanne Kaufmann Organic Treats, a holistic treatment product line based on the precious natural ingredients, which could be used by the guests of her hotel but also by everyone else. The line includes 90 organic and natural products suitable for any kind of skin, from products for the face and body to hair care. Many of the plant-based ingredients in her formulas come right from the Bregenz Forest, were they are grown, selected, and harvested. These products do not contain any active chemical ingredients, solvents or emulsifiers, and all preservatives are plant-based. The brand is 100% cruelty free: there is no testing on animals and the ingredients are all supplied by companies that share the same values as Susanne Kaufmann and her same wish to respect animals and the environment. Every single product is checked and supervised by Susanne herself, before being bottled by hand, sealed, and finally boxed. Could you really have better guarantees than these? There are so many Susanne Kaufmann products we’d like you to try! Two products you cannot miss are masks and peels. You’ll feel like you’re at Hotel Post Bezau doing the spa treatment – without leaving your sofa. Want to whole deal? Treat yourself to one of her perfumed candles and cup of her teas after the treatment: it’ll be like an Alps retreat, in the city!
Man Crush Monday: Michiel Huisman
21-08-2017 12:20:21
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It’s been some time since we last talked about someone with many talents that they can be called an accomplished musician, model and actor. This week’s Man Crush hails from the Netherlands and his name is Michiel Huisman; before the end of the year, we’ll see him starring in two new films! Yeah, we know, you must be thinking: this guy looks familiar, I must’ve seen him before. And you did! Thanks to a good amount of luck (and acting skills), Michiel has been involved in a long list of important TV and movie projects, not least Game of Thrones. But let’s take one step back: Michiel was born in a town not far from Amsterdam in 1981, and as a teen he attracted the attention of local managers who invited him to take part to TV series and movies. It didn’t take long for him to become very much loved in his home country, among other things because he formed a band which became more and more popular among Dutch youngsters. Well aware of his potential, Michiel decided to leave the Netherlands and challenge himself with acting on American soil. In 2010, he got his first role in the US, in the TV show Nashville, and soon after that he was cast in World War Z; but the role that made him famous is that of Daario Naharis in Game of Thrones, which he got after Ed Skrein, who played the character in the first three episodes, quit. As was to be expected, after this super important role Michiel received tons of job offers, both from the acting and modelling worlds: Chanel selected him as the male co-protagonist to Gisele Bündchen in the beautiful The One That I Want campaign released for Chanel Nº 5. As the wind keeps blowing in his favour, our MCM then starred in Adeline side by side with Blake Lively, without however leaving the Game of Thrones cast. This year, as we mentioned, he’s back on the big screen in two movies that (according to the media) we’re going to love! Take note: the films are called The Ottoman Lieutenant and 2:22. So everything seems to indicate that we’ll see Michel’s handsome face quite often over the next few months. His private life is just as successful as his professional one: Michiel is married to actress Tara Elders (also from the Netherlands) and the two had a child in 2007. Not a bad way to start the week – not to mention to mark the end of vacations, right?
5 fashion exhibitions you must see before the end of 2017
18-08-2017 09:30:43
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Fashion lovers don’t just flock to fashion weeks or stay updated on the latest accessory trends: they also have their shelves stock full of books on the history of fashion and love every aspect of the topic. For this reason, every year new museums are born that are dedicated to designers, and new exhibitions take place that re-tell the history of clothing and of famous brands. We want to suggest 5 must-see fashion exhibitions – but you’ll have to hurry, because some of them are only on until September or October! Others will run until the end of the year, or the beginning of 2018… and they might even provide the perfect excuse for a getaway in a wonderful city! CHRISTIAN DIOR, COUTURIER DU RÊVE – Paris (until January 7, 2018) An exhibition entirely dedicated to the maker of dreams, Christian Dior, takes place right now at the Museé des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and will be open until 7 January 2018. It’s a celebration of the brand from 1947 to this day. YVES SAINT LAURENT – Paris and Marrakech (starting October 2017) The two cities Yves Saint Laurent loved the most honor him with as many museums: on October 3, at the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, and on October 19, at Le Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, two museums will open their doors that will exhibit thousands of his accessories, sketches, and clothes in wonderful displays. TRAVAUX DE DAMES? – Paris (until September 17, 2017) An exhibition to investigate the role of women in applied arts: textiles, fashion, ceramics, design, and photography. Among the objects displayed here, you’ll find clothes by Elsa Schiapparelli. The exhibition, held at the Museé des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, closes its doors on September 17. Hurry up! SALVATORE FERRAGAMO, IL RITORNO IN ITALIA – Florence (until May 2, 2018) This exhibition is all about the story of Ferragamo starting from his return to Italy in 1927, after he was celebrated in the US as the “shoemaker to the stars” of Hollywood. The venue is the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo at Palazzo Spini Feroni in Florence, where Ferragamo’s most beautiful creations are also displayed. JUNGLE. L’IMMAGINARIO ANIMALE NELLA MODA – Turin (until September 3, 2017) At the Reggia Venaria Reale, near Turin, this exhibition narrates the story of animalier prints and how they became paramount in fashion. Among the clothes on exhibit you’ll find Jungle, designed by Christian Dior in 1947, which constitutes the first panther print dress in the history of fashion, as well as animalier pieces by Hermes, Valentino, Ferragamo, Krizia, Givenchy, Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier and Cavalli.
Tell me how you do your hair and I’ll tell you what celebrity you are
17-08-2017 09:33:35
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In the hottest days of the summer, all of us who have long hair will do the same thing: we will put our hair up to avoid death from being cooked by the sun! What is different, however, if what we choose to do with it. 5 hairstyles, 5 celebrities. What team are you on? Chiara is the queen of this team! The half up, half down hairstyle is perfect for the beach and the city; it lets you tame unruly hair without being too much of a commitment. Ten seconds and voila – you’re ready for whatever event or rendez-vous. For variation, you can experiment with a half up chignon or a braid on the side, which will instantly make your style more romantic. Oh captain, my captain Bella Hadid! No hairstyle could ever look bad on her, but sleek chignons are her signature ‘do. Chignons are a must-have for those evenings by the water, from pool parties to bonfires on the beach. Your hair will be safe from humidity, so you don’t have to join #teammushroom. Who could ever lead this team, if not JLo? High ponytails are totally her thing, which she wears with a variety of outfits, which just goes to show how versatile it is. You just need to choose: smooth, wavy, or textured? This team is led by Kylie Jenner, who definitely loves to experiment when it comes to hairstyles! If you belong to her squad – well done! You have mastered the art of wearing pigtails without looking like first graders. The trick? Don’t wear this hairstyle with romantic, cutesy outfits, and you’ll be safe. The star of the team is a special one… North West! One of the best-loved mini fashion icons, who is just as fashionable as mommy Kim. Her braids are just perfect for the day or for a night of dancing, even though we’re probably way past her bedtime
What to do if you got a sunburn: a guide
16-08-2017 09:00:18
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Let me be brutally honest: if you got a sunburn, you either a) spent too much time in the sun b) did not protect you skin, which means the god of SPF is now mad at you – as am I! Wearing sunscreen, and protecting your skin from the sun when it shines too bright, is IMPORTANT! All caps, so = the situation is very serious. That said, here we are, and there’s no point crying over spilled milk. Let’s focus on the issue at hand and see what to do with that sunburn of yours. First, important step, encapsulated in an easy acronym: GTFOOTS (get-the-f***-out-of-the-sun, and into the shade). Getting into the water or taking a quick cold shower could help – but don’t stay in the sun any longer! Every extra minute will make it worse for you. If you opt for a shower, avoid aggressive soaps, with ingredients that could damage your skin further. And no touching that scrub! Second step: moisturize and moisturize some more. Apply body cream in generous amounts on your wet skin. Don’t use products that are too artificial and contain petrolatum: they could trap the warmth underneath and make it worse. The third step is optional: it depends on how bad the situation is. If you’re sore all over, pop an ibuprofen or another anti-inflammatory. It will help combat the sunburn from the inside and outside, helping you heal faster. Last tip: drink up. Not everybody knows that sunburns tend to attract water from the rest of your body, so dehydration is a real risk. Once again, the problem will be solved so much faster is you work on it from both ends. But let me say once again: you know what the best way to avoid a sunburn is? Wearing sunscreen!
Shop the style: Simi Haze
10-08-2017 09:30:59
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Sama and Haya Khadra, also known on social media as @simihaze, are our favorite twins in the world of fashion after the Olsen sisters. Originally from Palestine, raised in London and currently based in California, they are the living proof that not all that is cool has to come from fashion; with their degrees in Film production and Fine Arts and careers as DJs through which they travel the world and take part in the best events that show up on your Instagram feed, they are the icons of the eclectic style of the Millennial generation. After their experience living in three completely different countries, they style has a grown-up feel and has borrowed the best of each world brought it to perfection. Their looks include formal suits which they wear in a cool, informal way, with a touch of masculine, goth and punk, without forgetting their love for anything vintage: shirts with prints from the Nineties, sleek, colored sunglasses, and a nice complement of Gucci and Louis Vuitton logos. But they also have a pop side, which makes everything more fun, easy and cool: we fell head over heels for their full pink outfits, bunny-shaped bags, brightly-colored hair, and the coolest Sailor-Moon-inspired outfits one could wear for a Chanel fashion show! If you like their style and would like to copy it properly, scroll down to the gallery for our ideas inspired by the SimiHaze sisters. SimiHaze style: perfection for them is synonymous of a cool outfit + combat boots SimiHaze style: the punk-goth skirt suit with bobby pins on their hair is everything to us SimiHaze style: colorful tracksuit and coordinate sunglasses is something you should try at least once on your life!
Pool party? Be daring with colored makeup
10-08-2017 09:30:40
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It’s not summer until someone says: pool party! So you must be ready for whenever an invitation comes your way for a super cool party, and stock your beauty bag for your vacation with super bright, glam makeup. At a pool party, there is one and only one rule: have one hell of a time! For make up, the same applies – bright and fun colors will make you the prettiest and most desirable. Of course, the make up you use will have to be waterproof and long-lasting, unless you want to end up with a naked face (or worse, looking like a panda bear) after touching the water. Now, time to get started: first thing, always protect your skin with sunscreen, to which you can add foundation or BB cream to accentuate your tan. Keyword: glow, so highlighter will have to be one of your must-haves. Your eyebrows will need special attention: pencils and eye shadows tend to disappear in water or to melt in the sun, so make sure your pencils are waterproof. The focus of makeup are the eyes, where you can be daring and use bright hues such as orange, blue, sky blue, white and gold, or even neon colors! These must necessarily be cream or stick products with guaranteed long duration – which will not only mean long-lasting makeup, but also bolder effects! If you don’t love bright colors and prefer to stick to safe black makeup, kajal is what you need. If you’re brave, you can surprise people with artsy, geometric makeup designs. Finally, get crazy with colored, glitter mascara! Want your lips to be at the center of attention instead? Play around with metallic lipstick, or super matte colors for waterproof kisses! Finally, a cream or gel blush, and voila – makeup done! What else? Oh yeah, have fun!
Designer to know: Act n°1
4-08-2017 17:32:52
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Luca Lin and Galib Gassanoff are the designers behind Act n°1: a melting pot of Chinese, Italian, and Georgian culture, to tell their stories and their pasts through drawings, ancient Chinese art, and Azeri craftsmanship. Their products have a strong story behind them – one that is filled with memories, traditions, and a high cultural value. Every piece blends their cultures with Italian couture, and is the result of handcrafting, embroidery, prints, and precious materials such as Chinese silks, wool, velvet and denim. The final result is a unique collection: coats that turn into dresses, deconstructed shirts, uneven, oversize pieces that result perfect for fashion lovers and the eccentric. Their vision of womanhood is a complete novelty and pieces like these are unheard of in other collections. Their style has a much-appreciated peculiarity: even before knowing the stories of the designers, you can definitely tell that their designs, the choice of fabrics and colors are never without reason – knowing that each choice is part of their DNA makes them all the more special and unique! The silhouettes they propose are all we want in our closets right now: a tension between precious and cool, made to impress, but also perfectly fitting to match a pair of jeans to wear while walking down the street. This is what we call perfection! Act n°1’s multicultural taste makes it a brand to keep an eye on – it’s not easy to find unique, quality products like these – especially when they are so trendy! Their oversize coats are a dream made reality: plenty of ribbons, details, and accessories… we can’t wait for the fall to come to start our shopping!
How to accentuate your eyelashes without mascara: dyeing, perming, and extensions
4-08-2017 11:43:01
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2017 is the year of eyebrows – nothing to say about that. Yet, we’ve been thinking this over, and we realized that poor eyelashes got neglected recently. Eyelashes are the best friends of your face when it comes to beauty; they frame your eyes, protect them, and give them more definition. So this is our appeal and request: take care of your lashes! To help you out, we’ll tell you all you need to know about them, or rather about the 3 treatments for the coolest lashes – no mascara required. Dyes are a light treatment, which is perfect for those of us who have fair eyelashes and don’t want to overdo it with mascara but still feel their lashes need some extra definition. It’s quick to do (it takes only a few minutes) and it lasts several weeks. Just before a vacation is perfect timing, so you can avoid using waterproof mascaras and getting frustrated when your cleanser doesn’t get it all off. If you’re looking for voluminous lashes, this is not for you: it won’t make any difference. But your lashes will seem longer, because their ends tend to lack definition otherwise – even for brunettes and those with darker hair. A life-saver for those who have very straight eyelashes and have to spend a lot of time in the company of their curler every single day. It’s exactly the same as getting your hair set, but it’s specifically for your eyes and it lasts approximately 3 to 4 weeks. It won’t solve problems concerning the thickness or weakness of your lashes, but you will notice your eyes will look bigger and brighter. You can also keep on using mascara on permed lashes as you please – for better volume! This is for beauty junkies only. It takes a higher level of commitment – it costs more and requires more care over time. Every one of your lashes will receive each an additional fiber to make them longer and thicker. It looks great for the first 2 to 3 weeks, then progressively worse as the extensions fall one by one as your natural lashes grow. It’s better not to use mascara on extensions, because they would get damaged, especially when you remove your makeup. Extra tip: if you get extensions, try to sleep on your back. If you sleep on your side or tummy, lashes will fall at a faster rate, forcing you to replace them more often!
Summer 2017: 5 cheap destinations in Italy (for late bookers and not only)
4-08-2017 09:50:50
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The closer we get to our much-desired summer vacations, the more we can’t wait to lay down in the sun. If you’re one of those late bookers who always postpone planning, by this time you must be desperately looking for a spot to spend a few relaxing days, hopefully without having to fork out a fortune. If you don’t want to sell body parts to spend a few days at the sea, Italy offers a number of summer destinations which are perfect for late bookers. And if you’re reading this from outside the country… well, Italy awaits you with open arms! Here’s our top 5 destinations for this summer, but don’t hesitate to let us know about your favorites! Catania Sicily is everybody’s dream vacation, especially in the summer. Crystal-clear water everywhere, excellent food, and friendly locals. This year, Catania ranked as one of the cheapest places on the island. And this city doesn’t offer just beaches and clubs, but also plenty of art and heritage. You can’t miss the markets in the city center (where you can buy the freshest fish in the region) and the Cathedral of St. Agatha; and if you’re looking for beautiful beaches, then you need to visit Aci Trezza! Pesaro Moving further north to central Italy, Pesaro is a popular summer destination. And despite its popularity, the city remains inexpensive compared to other urban areas on the sea. As for many other places in the region of Le Marche, you have beaches with clear water (Pesaro boasts about 5 miles of coasts) and you can also find some beautiful trails in uncontaminated nature. We recommend a visit to the Natural Park of Monte San Bartolo, one of the most magnificent green lungs of central Italy. Lamezia Terme Calabria is one of the less popular regions in Italy, on account of its fewer beach facilities. But if we took a good look at its shape, it would be easy to notice how much of its area is on the sea, east to west. Lamezia Terme is right in the middle of the region, but only a handful of miles away from clear, beautiful waters. What to see? Calabria has a rich history; we particularly recommend the Norman-Swabian castle, St. Eufemia (the old town) and the Baths of Charon (thermal spa), for a totally deserved, super relaxing experience! Trani What we said about Sicily is worth for Apulia as well: spending one’s vacations here is a dream, especially for late bookers! If you love Apulia as much as we do, choose Trani. Need reasons? Here’s a few: the characteristic harbor, a cathedral by the sea, the Swabian castle built under Emperor Frederick II… Not to mention the beautiful beaches, with clear waters and a rich underwater fauna. Maratea Sitting between Campania and Calabria, Basilicata has a plethora of undiscovered wonders. The best destination in the area is certainly Maratea, which also holds the most opportunities for things to do. In addition to the Statue of Christ (which resembles the one in Rio) overlooking the beautiful Lucania landscapes, we recommend the Vranne beach, a true paradise: you won’t believe your eyes!
How to pack the beauty bag for your hand luggage
2-08-2017 11:18:11
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Counting down the days yet? We can’t wait! Our vacations are getting closer, and it’s about time we started packing. Whether you’re going to spend time in the mountains, on the seaside, or in the city, if you’re the kind of person who travels light there’s a very important discussion we need to have: how to pack your beauty bag for your hand luggage. Considering how strict controls are in airports, it’s not easy to fit everything you need in containers of no more than 100 ml (3.4 ounces), up to a total of 1 liter! If you are as much of a beauty addict as I am, it’s totally traumatic to have to leave your stuff home. Fortunately, travelling as often as I do I got sort of used to it, so it doesn’t pain me as much to be separated from my beloved big bottles of beauty products. Here’s some advice you should follow – you won’t regret it! Firstly, you need to get your hands on a set of travel-sized bottles and a transparent plastic bag. This will come in handy for those must-have products without which a beauty routine can’t even be conceived. In my case, that means serum and tonic to apply in the evening; they’re hard to find in small bottles for sale, so your best option is to pour them from your big bottles into the travel-sized ones. As for the rest, be flexible. You can do this two ways: you can either change the typology of product you use, or experiment. By browsing the shelves of your beauty store, you’ll find plenty of products in solid and dry form, from perfume powders to stick foundation; they’ll make your life easier with minimum effort (I do not recommend trying to move foundation from one container to another – I tried and it did not end well). If you want to experiment something new for your beauty routine, then there is not better time, needless to say. Grab some samples you have lying around the house and throw them into your beauty bag: disposable products will make your bags even lighter on the way back, since you’ll just use them and throw them away while on vacation – making room for souvenirs to take back home! Any other tips? Share them in the comments! Scroll down to the gallery for some consumer advice
Woman Crush Wednesday: Sofia Boutella
2-08-2017 10:32:17
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Beautiful dark eyes revealing her Algerian origins, the fit body of someone who’s made the gym their second home, and now a successful acting career: this is Sofia Boutella, our latest WCW! Sofia was born in 1982 in a tiny town in suburb Algiers, but when she was 10 her parents (a jazz musician and an architect) decided to uproot their lives and move to France. In Europe, young Sofia continued the dancing classes she’d started back in Algeria and also began training in rhythmic gymnastics. Her talent bloomed: by the time she was 18, Boutella joined the French national team. Once she took up hip hop dance, the job offers started flowing: thus her passion turned into a job. Some of you will remember a young, beautiful woman dancing in Madonna’s video clips in the 2000s, most notably in Hung Up and Sorry… yup, that was Sofia Boutella! After these experiences in the music industry, Nike asked her to model for the super popular Keep Up commercial, in which Sofia showcased her impressive dancing skills. The commercial went viral, and very soon film directors join the list of people wanting to cast her. A new chapter began for Sofia, one that saw her becoming an actress. The first significant film in which she was cast was StreetDance 2 (2012), which was followed by a number of important roles, such as in The Mummy (in which she is the first woman to star as the mummy), Star Trek Beyond, and Atomic Blonde, forthcoming at the end of the summer, in which her co-star is Charlize Theron. According to the media, we can expect Sofia to be at her best in this latest film – and apparently some hot scenes between her and Charlize are in the cards… to be honest, we can’t wait to see this movie. How about you?
Your handy guide to curls, according to 3 curly girls
1-08-2017 11:13:05
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It already happened when we talked about tattoos: I realized that with my pin-straight hair, I was not qualified to advise you on how to manage your curls. Thankfully, there is no want of curly heads here at TBS Crew and among my friends, so here’s the collective knowledge of 3 people who deal with curls every day and are ready to teach you all you need to know about curly hair (and how to tame it!) Hair. corkscrew curls; fine, voluminous hair; long and dark. Routine. my hair tends to get greasy very fast, but it’s not particularly noticeable. To avoid the annoying feeling of frizziness, I still wash them frequently – about every other day. The only exception is when I’m at the beach: saltwater helps make my curls a lot more defined. The most important part of my routine is the washing – the only time when my hair will tolerate brushing! After the shampoo, I need hair conditioner that’ll absorb quickly and allow me to brush easily. I don’t use a comb – that would make my hair break off. After rinsing, I dry excess water with a towel and apply a treatment for extra curl definition, which I alternate with argan oil in the summer so that my hair gets the nourishment it needs. In this season, I also apply an UV-protective spray, even though it makes my hair get greasy faster. Cut. once or twice a year, because I am desperately (I’m only half-joking) trying to grow my hair longer! Unlayered haircuts are my only option if I don’t want my hair to be out of control. Must-haves. hair ties, which HAVE to be spiral hair ties if I don’t want to my hair to break off. What’s fun about my hair is that it lends itself to all sorts of creative hairdos, so I try to take advantage of that! Type. loose curls, long and thick hair, henna-dyed brown. Routine. I wash my hair every other day, with a delicate shampoo. I never use hair conditioner – I know, unbelievable! But with my hair, that’s what I have to do if I don’t want to find myself with shapeless hair within a few hours. After stepping out of the shower, I pat my hair with a towel and apply a foam product to give it definition. As my hair craves moisturizing, I use pure argan oil. I leave it to absorb on damp hair for half an hour, then I complete my routine without rinsing. Its nourishing abilities do wonders for my hair and make it super shiny, without making it heavy! Cut. layered, razor-cut hairdos are what works best for me for managing volume so that I don’t look like Sideshow Bob. Must-haves. super-nourishing oil for the ends: it’s lightweight but moisturizes to perfection. It never fails – even on those days when I’m at war with my hair and it just doesn’t want to cooperate. Type. coiled, well-defined curls; greasy scalp; frizzy ends. Routine. I don’t wash my hair more than twice a week or I risk losing volume and ending up with shapeless hair. After washing, I apply a strong reconstruction treatment, while brushing my hair. Then it’s time for rinsing, and then I pat my hair with a towel to remove excess water. My curls need a specific fixative treatment before drying (which I let them do naturally in the hot season and with a diffuser at any other time). I keep a moisturizing product at hand to apply on the ends whenever they get frizzy. Cut. keyword: layers! If you can find a hairdresser who’s willing to cut your curls while they’re dry, try it. It makes all the difference in the world, you can immediately see if the volume works, and you won’t look like a mushroom. Must-haves. supplements, especially when the season changes. I notice a huge change in the health of my hair when I care for them directly and from within, too. It takes some consistence but it’s so worth it!
Our Guide to Red Lipsticks: Choosing the Right Shade
31-07-2017 10:35:01
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Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always associated adulthood with owning a red lipstick. I don’t know where this idea came from – maybe it was just the common consensus: just think of Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor and all the other divas and their red, sensual lips that made the history of cinema. Lipstick is not a simple beauty product – it’s a weapon and a tool in your hands, with the ability to make you feel undefeatable and absolutely gorgeous. That’s why our beauty cases always include multiple hues of red lipstick; which doesn’t mean we have the right one for us – in fact, most of the time we got the one we liked best, only to find it looked awful on us. Why’s that? Well, for starters, there are countless shades of red, from maroon to cerise, from vermilion to crimson. To stop making the same old mistake over and over again, there are some guidelines to follow, but bear in mind: there is no absolute rule; and in theory, you should always try a lipstick on before you buy it, but our tips will make your life easier. I don’t think there’s anyone left who doesn’t know that the best color for your lips depends primarily on the color of your eyes, hair, skin color, and undertone (want to know what your undertone is? Just look at your wrists; if your veins look bluish, you have a cool undertone; if they look green, you have a warm undertone). For cooler undertones, obviously, you need a cooler shade of red lipstick (and vice versa), so fair skin means you need a cool shade of red, warm skin tones correspond to warmer red shades. In addition to color, you also need to pay attention to finish and texture: if you have thin lips, opt for a glossy, glam red lipstick, which will make your lips look fuller; if you have big lips, you will look sexier if you wear a lipstick with a matte finish. Finally: looking for a shade that’ll emphasize your white teeth? Choose one with blue pigments – it’s the secret weapon for a smile that turns heads. Class is over – time to have fun with different shades of lipsticks, from the most conventional to the latest novelties! And don’t forget: always make sure your choice of lipstick fits with the rest of your makeup. If you want your lips to run the gamut, limit makeup on your eyes to a bit of eyeliner and mascara. Have fun!
Man Crush Monday: Mena Massoud
31-07-2017 10:15:27
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“Make way for Prince Ali! Say hey! It’s Prince Ali” Does it ring a bell? Let us help you: it’s from a popular Disney movie. You got it, it’s from the Aladdin movie! A few weeks ago, news circulated that a remake would be released in the foreseeable future – with a very interesting cast. Who’s starring as the soft-heart street thief? A barely known but very promising actor and this week’s Man Crush: Mena Massoud. Mena, as you might have guessed from his surname, is originally from Egypt, but his parents moved to Canada looking for better job prospects when he was only 3. More specifically, they settled in a town in suburban Toronto, and since Mena was so young at the time, he had no trouble integrating and succeeding in school. While studying at university in Toronto, Mena had the opportunity to audition for different roles. Unexpectedly, he got a role in the TV series Nikita, and after graduating he also starred in another series, Open Heart. His latest role is in the aforementioned Aladdin, in which this young actor plays the title character in an important film – a great opportunity for him to work side by side with super accomplished actors such as Will Smith (as the Genie), and Naomi Scott (who’s been our WCW in the past) who will star as Princess Jasmine; the film will be directed by Guy Ritchie. Long story short: this will be a challenge and a unique opportunity for Mena to prove his worth and lead him to stardom. In every interview he’s given, Massoud never fails to acknowledge his greatest inspiration, the unforgettable Robin Williams, who gave him (indirectly) the strength he needed not to quit even when things got rough. Good luck Mena, may your magic carpet fly high!
The Ultimate Summer Outfit for the Office: blazer jacket + bermuda shorts
28-07-2017 17:32:38
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Everybody knew the semi-formal look built around blazers was here to stay (at least for a couple seasons), but have you given some good thought to your favorite outfits that include them? Apart from the classic – the tailored pants – there’s an entire world of other pieces you can mix and match with your favorite blazer, and according to our style bible, the coolest outfit for this summer prescribes you wear your blazer with bermuda shorts. We are inspired by men’s Spring Summer 2018 fashion shows and we realized that like for many other, this outfit would look gorgeous on women. Need an example of this mix and match, with a cool and feminine feel? How about denim bermuda shorts (go for the looser ones) + blazer + dark sunnies + fanny pack + mid heel sandals + medium-size hoop earrings, and last but not least, your hair in a bun? I know right? It doesn’t get much better than that! If you like the mood and want to try the latest trend which is guaranteed to be so in this summer, take a look at the gallery for some looks that look as good on men as they do reinterpreted for women! Blazer jacket + denim bermuda shorts: pair it with high heels and a vintage fanny pack Blazer jacket + check bermuda shorts: add trendy and easy accessories to make it less formal! Blazer jacket + bermuda track shorts: the mix between elegant and sportive is our favorite
TBS TASTE: Breakfast among greenery and flamingos at LùBar, in Milan
28-07-2017 10:11:20
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Italian pop music, large windows which open onto a cute yard, and golden flamingos welcoming you in: this is how you step into LùBar for breakfast, as we did for this week”s TBS Taste! This coffee shop is right inside the PAC (Pavilion of Contemporary Art) in Milan, and it is getting trendier and more popular with locals by the day, especially for breakfast (but also for lunch and dinner, so you’ll find some fish- and meat-based Mediterranean dishes on the menu, too). The venue is classy, but not formal; the location is smack in the city center (via Palestro 16) but also nice and quiet, especially by Milanese standards: this is achieved thanks to its position by one of the city’s best loved parks, Parco Indro Montanelli. TBS Crew’s Vincenzo and Martina (and Mela, as a special guest) ventured to LùBar to try their breakfast – an excellent way to start their day. As you walk into LùBar, you feel like you’re in a small greenhouse, surrounded by arches, glass, and plenty of green, which make the most important meal in your day even more beautiful. What did our TBS Crew get? For Martina, an americano and a smoothie with apple, carrot, and ginger; for Vincenzo an espresso and a passion fruit smoothie for an exotic twist. With the drinks came a basket of sliced bread, with butter and jams of different sorts on the side: from hazelnut to citrus – a really lovely combination. What’s the story of LùBar? This coffee shop is the brainchild of siblings Lucilla, Lucrezia and Ludovico Bonaccorsi, originally from Sicily – and it shows on the menu. It took a lot of work, dedication, and commitment, but they finally managed to persuade the austere world of Milanese museums to open up to this unconventional project. Let’s be honest: such a cool bar on museum premises, in Italy? That’s quite the thing. Our dear readers have been recommending this place for a while, and we clearly did the right thing when we finally caved in! LùBar is definitely worth our free time. Our warning to the Bonaccorsi siblings: you won’t get rid of us until we try the arancini with shrimp and pistachio. See you very soon!
Beach Essentials: How to Pack a Foolproof Beauty Case for the Beach
27-07-2017 11:32:10
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I don’t know about you, but when it comes to packing for the beach (and packing my beauty case in particular), it just feels overly complicated. Notwithstanding my egregious organisational skills (read: I am slightly neurotic and have to-do lists for packing, too), it’s always dramatic. Not this year, though – this year will be different. This is the year I write the guide I always wanted to read for foolproof packing – the kind where you actually don’t forget stuff! Let’s get started! First stop: creams and such. It’s super important that you get your hands on a small thermal bag. No, not for food, silly – for your creams! You’re going to leave your beach bag out in the sun for multiple hours a day – which is a no no for sunscreen and other products your bag contains. You’re going to kill two birds with one stone: not only will your sunscreen be safe from the heat, but it’ll stay cool and nice for when you apply it on your skin. It’ll feel great! Staying on topic: remember to pack a cooling spray, too: in the hottest hours of the day, it’ll feel amazing. And last but not least, remember to bring a SPF lip balm. Your lips need protection, too. The second category we need to consider is hair care, especially for those of you with long locks. A protective spray must be in your bag at all times, together with hair ties to create fun beach hairdos, a brush with soft plastic bristles (such as Wet Brush or Tangle Teezer) or a wide teeth comb, and an environmentally friendly shampoo; by which I mean, a biodegradable product which you can use on the beach or on a boat. No using other products: remember, we have one planet, and it needs protecting. Finally, our ‘everything else’ section. These may not be real ‘must-haves’, but you’ll be thankful you have them with you. First: cleansing facial wipes, which are great to get rid of sunscreen residues and sand at the end of the day. Second: hand sanitizer, to use if the stickiness of the salt and sunscreen on your hands is driving you crazy, and to enjoy juicy summer fruit as a snack. And finally, a mix: I recommend creating a mini beauty case with makeup essentials you cannot live without, for that difficult transition from the beach to happy hours… I put some highlighter, peach-colored lipstick, and waterproof mascara in mine – but feel free to get crazy! Now scroll down to the gallery for some tips on beach bags and how to fill them – and enjoy the beach in style. Have fun!
TBS Wellness: We danced and twirled in the air for you with bungee dance
26-07-2017 14:41:10
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Some sports you just have to try at least once in your lifetime; if it’s new and a little crazy, then yours truly are definitely into it. That’s exactly what happened with as we did our homework for this week’s TBS Wellness, when we tried out a bungee dancing class courtesy of Flight Club Milano, which welcomed us for a few hours of fun and training. Wondering what this “bungee dance” thing is? Nothing scary: you won’t be launching into thin air, but you will be playing with gravity and dancing in the air, feeling as light as a feather. First off: we were strapped to bungee cords hanging from the ceiling, which immediately made us feel weightless and agile, and then we sprang right into action, warming up with a few exercises (squats, lunges, and push ups) before starting messing around and dancing to Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black. Now this is a core-intensive workout that requires balance and strenght; for the first few minutes, we felt clumsy and sort of weak, but it didn’t take long to get more used to the cords and figure out how our body was supposed to move, and we soon started getting more confident. After a hour and a half of dancing and jumping around, we felt like we totally owned it! Bungee dancing has multiple benefits, including but not limited to toning and sculpting your body; but more importantly, it’s lots of fun! The music, the silly messing around, smiling and laughing, choreographies and, of course, the sweating… (you don’t need to be super fit to try it – but it’s a killer workout!) it gave us a great break from routine. Our final verdict: we loved it and can’t wait to do it again! For a classy thrill and a dancing class that’ll make you feel like you’re flying, go book your bungee dancing class immediately!
Beauty Brand 2 know: Le Labo
25-07-2017 10:43:27
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Eddie Roschi and Fabrice Penot are the two co-founders of Le Labo, the New York-based fragrance brand born from their love for quality products and for life values.Le Labo is not just a brand – it’s a proper lab where perfumes are created. Their product line includes 15 fragrances and 10 home fragrances, created in partnership with the best perfumers in the world. Every parfume is based on a natural ingredient, usually harvested in Grasse, France, and every formula inclues essential oils, alcool, and water. One’s perfume of choice is a true sensorial experience, in which you familiarize yourself with the uniqueness of each product, which is customized with a label with your name. Another peculiarity that makes Le Labo so special are the numbers associated with the notes in each perfume.“We believe” is the inspirational motto of Le Labo – which transports us to a different world, perhaps from the past, in which people are never rushing so much they cannot stop and smell the roses. A world in which perfumes don’t seem all the same and are not mass products, but are reserved for the few who dare experimenting and get excited about novel and familiar smells, whether they are fresh and irriverent like bergamot and black tea, or sweet and romantic like roses and orange flowers: so long as they are soulful. Their composition respects this motto, so Eddie and Fabrice’s fragrances contain no parabens, artificial colors, or preservatives, and are completely vegan and cruelty-free.Finding a brand born from such a burning passion is rare, especially if its founders are so young and still believe in the values of the past. It’s inspiring how they are reviving the traditions of the past, when perfumes were the product of real craftsmanship, made with love.
How to look more elegant in yellow than in black
24-07-2017 17:20:44
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When it comes to an elegant dresscode, the first thing popping up in our minds is black. But let’s be honest, even if this might be the best choice, you stop looking so elegant when you step out of your door into the summer heat. Wearing black when the summer sun is burning down on the city will make you feel and look like you just accomplished a marathon: sweaty and suffering! Instead, let’s drop the black elegance and embrace this hot season. Let it inspire ourselves with its typical shiny color which can look so smooth, too: bright yellow! So sunlovers, this is for you: Dressing in the color of the sun from top to toe and still look elegant is possible! You have your doubts because wearing yellow makes you think you look like a DHL guy or a Disney minion? Forget your fears instantly. It all depends on what clothes you choose and what accessories you are wearing with it. First rule to look elegant in yellow: Don’t mix and match different yellow nuances. Stick to one and the same color and make it a total look! The second rule is: never wear black accessories or shoes with it. The contrast is too extreme and it will make your outfit look cheap instantly. Same for other colors, try to avoid them too, if you don’t want to look like a tropical parrot.  Go for nude tones instead! This softens the flashy yellow and gives it an exquisite touch. In case you feel like you need to pimp up your look up to a goddess like level, go for gold. Golden heels, belts or accessories can look very pretty with yellow, since they come from the same color range. Check out our elegant and our supreme total look in yellow below. This will surely make you suddenly love the color yellow!
Biotherm And The Spring Of Eternal Youth
24-07-2017 12:11:49
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The story goes that many centuries ago, in an area of the Pyrenees not far from the town of Perpignan, a group of Gallo-Roman soldiers bathed in a thermal spring. They were astounded by the effect the water had on their skin, which was immediately made softer, smoother, and younger. Wounds also seemed to be healing faster! After screaming in delight (well, not actually screaming, but you know), they couldn’t help spreading the news, and so the story has been told and passed from generation to generation. And this is how I also imagine any other myth concerning the spring of eternal youth. And you know what? In this case, it’s not a myth – it’s all true. In the ’50s in Perpignan a thermal spring could be found that was located exactly where the mythical spring was supposed to be. By analyzing its water, Dr Jos Jullien broke new ground in both science and beauty research, with Life Plankton Quest. This is also basically the story of how Biotherm was born and how Life Plankton became its mission. I had the privilege of being their guest and exploring the near-magical place where everything began. Spoiler alert: it’s a cave, and at first sight, a pretty unsurprising place. But the best about this adventure and about Biotherm is that nothing is what it seems, and as you go deeper, the transformation happens. Entering a cave that’s millions of years old is a unique experience in itself that you must have at least once in your life. Thanks to school trips and family vacations, this wasn’t my first time in one, but I can’t help being mesmerized each and every time observing my surroundings. This cave is a metaphor of life, that never stops changing. It takes thousands of years for stalactites and stalagmites (mineral formations) to form. They accumulate drop after drop, just a few millimeters a month, and on a good year they might get 1 centimeter (0.39 in) longer. Wow, right? It’s easy to understand why to speleologists, these are natural cathedrals, with their rock art and their sense of sacredness. Yes, indeed, they are sacred, because man’s behaviour has tremendous, potentially destructive effects on caves like this: you risk losing centuries worth of history at every step. So I recommend you tread carefully and mindfully, so fully understand this experience and the message at the core of Biotherm’s Life Plankton Quest. Nature has delicate balances that we must observe, understand, and use to our advantage while respecting it. Life Plankton has made this its core value, and united nature and science in unprecedented ways through innovation, drastically changing beauty routines, no matter how consolidated. I could tell you so much about Plankton – but it’s not my job. My job is telling you how to use it in your daily life. Sceptic? You shouldn’t be: in 2017, the spring of eternal youth is located at your local beauty shop, although if you can go directly to the source in southern France, you won’t be disappointed. Three Biotherm products contain Life Plankton at a similar or higher concentration than the water from the spring: the essence, the sensitive skin emulsion, and the mask. The first was inspired by eastern beauty routines, the second is your weapon of choice to defend your skin from pollution, and the third one – well, this one is just incredible. Its gel-like texture makes it a real treat, which you can apply with a small spatula in the evening before going to sleep. You’ll start noticing differences from the very first morning: your skin will be relaxed, luminous, tight. Ready to bathe in the spring of eternal youth?
Man Crush Monday: Tom Holland
24-07-2017 10:44:00
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He’s on everyone’s lips right now, both for his personal life and his work: Tom Holland is the new Spider-Man, one of the most sought-after actors of the year, and reportedly Zandaya’s new boyfriend… so it was just a matter of time before he became TBS’s Man Crush, too! Tom is 21, although you wouldn’t believe it by skimming through his incredible resume. The Holland family already counted two artists – his mother is a photographer and his father a comedian and author. When Tom was younger, his parents did not hesitate to enroll him to a two-year course at the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology, at the same time as he was starting hip hop dancing. His dancing skills did not fail to be appreciated by world-class choreographers, and that’s how Tom had his theater debut in 2008 with a minor role in Billy Elliot the Musical. Just a few months later, Tom’s gift was so obvious that the director felt compelled to change his cast and chose Tom as the main actor, starring as talented Billy Elliott, a role he held for two years, charming everybody with his acting and dancing virtuosity. Theater, as it often happens, was Tom’s chance to showcase his abilities, kickstart his career, and shift to acting for the big screen. Very soon, Tom’s chance arrived to turn his life around: in 2015, he was cast as Peter Parker / Spider-Man in the new film of the franchise. Tom was already Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War (2016), and resumed the role for Spider-Man: Homecoming. For Tom, this meant a much wider public and becoming extremely popular from one day to the next. And we’re all definitely eager to see him in Avengers: Infinity War, which will be released next year. These much-deserved accomplishments have made it so that Tom’s phone just won’t stop ringing, as the most important film directors and most beautiful women of Hollywood all want him so badly! The latest gossip suggests he and fellow actress Zendaya are very close ever since being on the Spider-Man set together… how much truth there is to it is unsure, but we’re all rooting for these two super heroes!
6 of the Best Blue Flag Beaches for Your Summer, in 6 Countries
21-07-2017 11:20:55
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There are some save-the-dates that you should always be careful not to forget about, such as when Blue Flag beaches are announced for the upcoming summer! The Blue Flag certification, in fact, is only assigned to beaches with high environmental standards (which translates into clear water and pretty views). Europe dominates the top 6 positions, and thus establishes itself once again as the place to be for the summer. Find out which countries deserve the top 6 positions this year – and more importantly, if you’ve chosen your summer destinations wisely, write down the names of the beaches you must visit on your vacation! Here’s our favorite beach in each country. What say you, are you ready to book your next vacation? 6 – Portugal Portugal came in sixth, confirming that its reputation as a surfing paradise with mega waves is not the only thing this country has got – its beaches are incredible, too. Our favorite is in the Algarve area: Praia da Rocha. The water is clear, the beach is huge (so you don’t risk sharing your personal space with a thousand other people) and there’s a lively nightlife with clubs and dancing for your enjoyment. 5 – Italy Italy has been steadily climbing up the rankings, and in 2017 it’s finally conquered the top 5! For us, proud Italians, choosing the best beach in the country is just not something we can do – it’s like choosing your favorite sibling. So, for a completely unbiased tip, we are giving you the official spot recommended by Blue Flag in the region of Liguria, which this year obtained a high number of flags: Spotorno, with charming views the like of which can only be found in Italy! 4 – Turkey No one returns disappointed from a vacation in Turkey. The Foundation for Environmental Education (who awards Blue Flags) definitely noticed and placed the country fourth in the rankings. The one beach you can’t miss in Turkey is Kaputas. The colors are astounding – they change every hour and will give you all the emotions. 3 – France You didn’t think France was only good for a romantic getaway in Paris, did you? If you did, you need to have a good, stern talk with yourself, because France is ranked at a fully deserved third place in this list. Corsica has some heavenly beaches, some on the wilder side, some catering to the less adventurous. We recommend Palombaggia, with its white and fine sand. 2 – Greece Every year, the two top positions are disputed between Greece and this year’s No. 1. Is there anybody left who doesn’t know that Greece and its thousand islands have the best and easiest-to-enjoy beaches in the world? In this case – and we totally mean it – we really can’t choose just one, but for the sake of our readers, if we really have to pick one, it has to be Cape Drastis on Corfu, with its coves and the bluest of waters. 1 – Spain Pictures us surprised – Spain is the queen of the summer again! Everybody’s favorite summer destination has been ranking first for a few years now and boasts a huge number of Blue Flags awarded to its beaches. Spain is not limited to Barcelona, Ibiza, and Formentera, either: the country is dotted with the most wonderful beaches. If you really need a name, go to breathtaking Calò des Moro, on the island of Mallorca. You’ll thank us later.
Summer 2017 makeup trends: Ombré Lips make a comeback
21-07-2017 10:16:15
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We’ve said it again and again: trends are cyclical. Which means in one’s lifetime, one gets to see a trend make a comeback, sometimes more than once. Now it’s the turn of ombré lips, which were popular a few years ago and are coming back with a vengeance this season. Unlike in the past, though, this year the trend has adopted more natural, nude hues, so that it’ll almost look like you’re not wearing any lip makeup at all. To create this effect, you only need a lipstick, which you’ll apply and then blend with a brush or by tapping on it with your fingers: you need to shade it so that your lips will look fuller and sexy. To create a gradation, you can either have a darker shade on the outside, getting lighter towards the center, or vice versa a darker shade at the center of your mouth getting lighter towards the edge of your lips. The finish can be matte or glossy, depending on your personal taste and the rest of your look, but it’s important that the blending works well with the shade of lipstick you’re using. So let’s talk color: even though red lipsticks are a staple for all seasons, nude and bright colors are king this summer and have popularized the Korean stain trend. This consists of a technique (originating, indeed, from Korea) in which only the center of the mouth is colored in strawberry or cherry red, while the remaining part of the lips is either left uncolored or is made lighter with foundation. The final effect looks like watercolor or what you might end up with if you bit into a juicy red fruit. This summer is looking like experimenting will be the key word in terms of makeup, and this fun new trend (which is also quite classy) is perfect for the beach, too. If you’re looking to be a kisser this summer (whether your kisses taste like sea salt or not), it’s time to be daring!  
How to smell like summer: our favorite perfumes that can last the heat!
20-07-2017 12:55:10
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The fragrance of summer is so hard to describe. It has something to do with the seaside, ice cream, the sunsets, and vacations. But that’s a bit vague, isn’t it? It definitely is! Truth is, life is different in the summer: the weather, the music, our schedule… everything changes – including perfumes! Indeed, the perfumes more so than everything else, because the way they work changes with changing temperatures. Confused? In fact, we don’t just choose different notes, but the warm weather also affects how perfumes and the surrounding environment interact. Hold on – here comes your super easy science lesson of the day: perfumes need warmth to be “worn”. When they’re in their bottles, they are neuter compounds of aromatic molecules. When it touches your skin, however, a perfume starts evaporating thanks to the warmth the skin emanates… and you start smelling nice! Magic! Now, this process is affected by changing seasons (perfumes evaporate faster in the summer) and some notes are more volatile than others, which means summer has its own fragrance. While we tend to wear intensely flowery, sweet and woody perfumes in the wintertime, this kind of perfume will only last a short while in the summer, and what is left will give you odor fatigue very quickly. Fear not, however: you just need to choose a perfume that works in the summer. This will have to be a harmonious, easy-to-wear fragrance, reminiscent of travels, strolling on the beach, and sunlight. Did you know that how you experience this is different, depending on where you live? Blame it on your sunscreen! In the States, summer is associated with coconut and frangipani (Coppertone, anyone?), while for people in Europe, summer tends to smell like orange blossom and lavender. In addition to these notes, summer is also about green, citruses, and white flowers like jasmine and tuberose. Scroll down to the gallery for the fragrances of the season… and have an excellent-smelling summer!
TBS TASTE: a slow food lunch at DesinoLento
20-07-2017 12:15:48
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Excellent ingredients, lighter and healthier reinventions of traditional cuisines, and a carefully-designed, classy decor that can be altered depending on the theme and situation: this week’s TBS Taste is all about DesinoLento (“desinare” is a somewhat obsolete Italian term meaning “to have lunch”, and “lento” means “slow”). DesinoLento is chef Domenico Della Salandra‘s latest project and where he is free to cook away his apparently simple and familiar dishes, which in reality need fine skills to create and a never-ending search for the right ingredient among the very best available on the market. And that’s why the menu changes daily, based on what was freshest at the market but also depending on the weather and the day’s inspiration, even though some dishes come back again and again, such as the baccalà mantecato, the chef’s forte, which is what we got: we were left speechless and couldn’t wait for the following courses! What else did we have? Saffron risotto and spaghetti with pesto and mussels for Francesca and Giulia respectively (both were great, but the risotto was heavenly!) and octopus with pureed potatoes for Vince, who just can’t resist octopus and who, as our expert, stated it was the best he’s ever had. To conclude, a triple dessert: mango pannacotta, ricotta with figs, and apple fritters. Mouth-watering! Nothing was rushed – an impressive contrast compared to the frantic pace of lunch breaks in Milan. Together with the its prices, which are higher than other restaurants in the neighbourhood, this is a clear indication of the status of DesinoLento, a special place to treat yourself to, especially in comparison to most other lunch spots. Dinner, the meal in which DesinoLento will find its best realization, will be served starting in October. For the time being, the restaurant is only open at lunch time, while the cafe is open from 9 am to 10 pm: it welcomes customers for a lovely breakfast among succulents (which you can buy) as well as for happy hours and events: this is also a venue for pop-up exhibitions of contemporary art, who can exhibit their work in multiple rooms.
5 beauty-related accounts you must follow on Instagram
19-07-2017 11:48:23
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As the days, months, and years go by, Instagram remains our favorite social media! Especially when it comes to hunting for inspiration – nothing compares. Speaking of which, have you seen our new tutorials? Catch up on previous episodes here! But, back to our topic: here’s 5 beauty-related accounts you should follow, if you want to make your life even more beautiful. The entire beauty online community is madly in love with this account since it started posting. The aesthetics and care they put in every single post, shot, and caption is worthy of praise. Follow @gelcream if you like unbiased reviews and being on top of new products and trends: their premise here is that they never do sponsored posts. That’s quite the guarantee! @rmsbeauty — Living Luminizer. I really enjoy applying products with my finger, so I experiment with this highlighter like a child: I put it on my eyelids, cheekbones, under eyebrows – anywhere. It disappears on the skin, giving it a natural glow. This one I tried from @needsupply. If you follow me for a while you know where I stand with RMS beauty, i think that blatantly using cancer and other sensitive topics to promote the product is just as bad as using terrible ingredients. And I really hope that in the future for skincare/make-up companies being non-toxic and clean would be such a norm as brushing teeth and there won’t be a need to brag and shout about it. A post shared by Gelcream (@gelcream) on Jul 9, 2017 at 9:53am PDT We recently met Jen and she’s as cute in the flesh as she is online! Don’t miss her Instagram Stories @jenatkinhair in which she unpacks the looks created for her famous customers (Bella, Kendall, Gigi, Kim, Khloé… but the list goes on forever), telling you about each step in detail and directing you to the products she’s used – down to hair brush and hair dryer. never not cheers-ing or sucking on bobbi pins.
Woman Crush Wednesday: Nathalie Emmanuel
19-07-2017 10:14:07
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The wait is over, winter is here! The seventh season of Game of Thrones started this week: where did we leave our favorite characters? Where’s Jon Snow now? What’s next for Daenerys and her dragons? And what evil plan is on Cersei Lannister’s mind? We will find out very soon, but in the meantime – we want to know more about the lady who stole every fan’s heart: Missandei, the loyal handmaiden to the Mother of Dragons (Missandei only briefly appears in the first episode of the new season, broadcast on Sunday night; but we confide in some plot twists happening very soon!). Our weekly Woman Crush is Nathalie Emmanuel, the beautiful actress starring as this beloved character. Natalie was born in England in 1989. Ever since she was little, she has taken singing and dancing classes, and without ever missing a beat on her schoolwork (her mom was demanding in that respect!) she still got to perform at several casting calls. Emmanuel’s first gig was, as a teenager, in The Lion King in London, and just a short while later she got the opportunity of her life. We’re obviously talking about Game of Thrones: starting from 2013 and to this day, Nathalie has been playing a key character in the best loved TV series of all times, and she’s had an incredible success which hasn’t broken her enthusiasm for new adventures. It was right during some of the pauses in between shooting Game of Thrones that Nathalie got some offers she just could not turn down. Thus she found herself cast for one of the main roles in Furious 7, The Fate of the Furious, and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. These fast moving action films are very different from her role in Game of Thrones, but she’s often stated she likes performing in both genres of films. Nothing is known about the private life of this talented actress, no significant other in sight on her official profiles… must be because she’s got so much work! Her love for one special person, however, is obcious from her pics: that for her mom, who gives her all the love she needs!
Beauty Brand 2 Know: Smith & Cult
18-07-2017 10:53:13
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Dineh Mohajer had her first breakthrough in the cosmetic industry at 22, when she was a Biochemistry major at the University of Southern California; by combining her studies with her passion for makeup, she created the perfect nail polish formula to create what were the trendiest colors of the time. Smith & Cult is the brand Dineh founded together with beauty veteran Jeann Chavez. The line, comprising 33 different colors including top coats and base coats, soon turned into a full makeup product line, such as lipglosses, eyeshadows, blushes, and bronzes, all of which are coordinated with nail polish hues. Like yin and yang, Smith & Cult is based on the idea that life and our life choices are intrinsecally contradictory things, which is reflected in a palette that includes both sophisticated nuances and punk colors and glitter. ‘Diary of a Beauty Junkie’ is the perfect phrase to describe this brand, which is completely dedicated to the cult of beauty, mixing sensitivity and love for cosmetics with tech research and the new formulas that stem from research and innovation. These nail polishes are extremely durable even without containing any harmful ingredients and while being classified as 8-free. Nothing is left to chance – the packaging is elegant and refined, and the bottles have unconventional and attractive shapes. We can’t help loving nail polishes with names such as Glass Soul (with silver glitter), Gay Ponies Dancing In The Snow (pink glitter) o Dark Like Me (dark black). And indeed we fell head over heels for them – not just for their colors, which are always on top of the latest trends, for how nice and shiny they look even a long time after application! They seem to be singing love me, love me, say that you love me… and what could we ever answer to that?
The little beauty guide to LA
18-07-2017 10:46:50
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The West Coast has been Chiara’s second home for some time now, so it was only a matter of time before a beauty guide to LA came your way! About time we invited you to our favorite spots in the City of Angels: if you’re planning to visit or you live in the area, we strongly recommend you write them down for reference. The first address on the list is also the most important, the one you cannot miss at any cost: the Beverly Hills Hotel, which has been around for quite some time and is as cool as ever. Your first “task” will be lying down on a chaise longue by the pool and enjoy a refreshing cocktail surrounded by palm trees. Once you’re in the right mood, head over to the spa, where you’ll find exclusive treatments and customized yoga classes. Namaste! If you’d rather enjoy a massage in a studio, further away from the noise and the crowds, we recommend The Now Massage. This is a new concept for LA, and its popularity has skyrocketed very quickly, which means their agenda is super busy. If you want an appointment, be persistent – it’ll be worth it. Chiara and Michela can vouch for it! For an otherworldly experience far from the chaos of downtown, book your spot in Santa Monica: The Raven Spa is a little Thai sanctuary in the heart of California which will help you get away from it all and recharge your batteries (your batteries, not your phone’s, which indeed should be left at home). The two hottest addresses for your nails are Es Nail and Marie Nails, where in addition to your manicure, you can entertain yourself with some healthy celebrity spotting. Gel manicure is a must-have, if possible with some minimal nail art (thin lines or metallic details) to boast when you stroll idly down the street with your cup of Alfred coffee. Looking for a facial treatment? Look no further, and head to Face Haus! The cute mint green decor will steal your heart, as will the lengthy menu of available treatments. You’ll feel renewed, and your skin will be selfie-ready! How about trying out the latest novelty in terms of beauty, which is still unheard of in Europe? Skin Laundry and its facials, which use laser and LED, are awaiting you, for an experience to remember. In America, they’re all the hype! Two more addresses to note down. File under: places that make your credit card cry. One of them is Violet Grey, a cult venue not far from The Row, Melrose Place, where you might end up bumping into the Jenner-Kardashian clan more often than not. At Violet Grey, you’ll find the best beauty products in the world, carefully selected by the team so that you can choose among the best of the best. You can also shop on their website – but believe us, you don’t want to miss out on the store experience. Last but not least, head over to Venice Beach for the Hourglass Cosmetics flagship store. Here, you can get your makeup done for a special event (our own Carolina is still raving about her makeup, months later!) or simply shop following the advice of the artists there who are always ready to help. At this point, we can only wish you safe (and beautiful!) travels
​Man Crush Monday: Dane DeHaan
17-07-2017 16:47:35
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What do Germany, Italy, and Wales have in common? All three countries are part of the origins and background of this week’s Man Crush, Dane DeHaan. Dane was born in Pennsylvania in 1986 from the most interesting cultural mix. Since he was little, he showed an interest in acting, and his parents complied. In hindsight, this was definitely the right choice for Dane: his first job offer, for a role in the theater play American Buffalo, came early on when he was a teenager and was a great learning experience for him. After theater came TV: Dane had a role in one of the most popular series of the last decades, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and in another much-loved series, In Treatment. Just like many artists who have gone through multiple phases in their careers, Dane has experimented with theater, TV, and finally and most importantly (and intensely), cinema. In 2012, he made his film debut with Chronicle and was also cast for Lawless. He subsequently was Ryan Gosling’s son in The Place Beyond the Pines and had various roles in drama movies such as Kill Your Darlings (with Daniel Radcliffe). Screenplays soon start flowing in his direction, and in 2014 Dane was cast in the incredibly successful The Amazing Spider-Man 2. So much work, and indeed so much recognition: this year has been his most successful yet. In the much-awaited Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets by Luc Besson, which will be released at the end of the month, his co-stars are Cara Delevingne and Rihanna; he’s also been cast for the upcoming historical drama film Tulip Fever, starring also Alicia Vikander. In between movies, Dane (whom many love to say is conceptual heir – and doppelgänger – of Leonardo DiCaprio) somehow finds time to relax and unwind. His idea of relax, though, does not involve stuff like massages or spending hours in a spa: he’d rather charge his batteries through manual activities such as chopping wood, or by exercising his green thumb. In the meantime, he’s also found some time to marry his fiancée Anna Wood, and he became a father for the first time last March. And we thought Beyoncé was the only one to have more than 24 hours in a day!
Our how-to guide to healthier, thicker eyebrows
17-07-2017 11:15:12
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Eyebrows have been a hot topic for at least three years at this point and are the protagonist of makeup trends: they make or break how good your face looks! And obviously, they are also the source of much anxiety. We are just never happy with our eyebrows, whether they are thick or sparse, or thin, as your truly has them, after being a bit too enthusiastic with her tweezers when she was younger… all we can do is fill them in to give them the best shape. All hope is not lost, though: there’s a lot of room for improvement with specific treatments and products. Here’s a brief how-to guide to healthier eyebrows! Don’t worry, it’s not rocket science: follow us through the steps that will not only leave you with better-looking brows, but also be a special cuddle for yourself – this is going to become a staple of your beauty routine. Rule no. 1: always put yourself in the hands of professionals or Brow Bars (we are totally addicted to Benefit Brow Experience at Sephora!) and they’ll help you figure out how to best shape your brows for your face and eyes; you can then replicate the same techniques at home to complete your eye makeup. Let’s move on to practicalities: the first thing to do is applying a scrub onto the area, so that your eyebrows are nice and ready to absorb maximum moisturization and all the magical ingredients that will make them grow shiny and thick: minerals and vitamin E. Where to find them? Use castor oil, which among its many properties makes your nails, hair, and eyelashes stronger. It’s also easy to apply a few drops of it with a cotton swab or a small brush – you should do it every night before going to sleep, for no less than 15 days. Other oils, such as jojoba, almond, coconut, or usma oil, can bring similar benefits. And since we’re talking natural ingredients – aloe vera gel helps blood circulation at micro level and is great as an anti-aging treatment. Need something stronger? There exist also specific serums and gels for your eyebrows, to help them grow, thicken, and be healthy. Ready for your new, fabulous eyebrows? Let yourself be inspired by the products in our gallery and start caring for them – starting tonight!
Summertime in Milan: 5 Pools to Escape the City Heat in The Summer
14-07-2017 15:41:54
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Locals have heard this a million times: “Milan would be the perfect city if only it was on the sea!”. There’s some truth to it: a nice beach is the only thing the city is lacking. But while there is no seaside for you to sunbathe, you can still head over to one of the city’s many pools that definitely deserve a visit during the summer. Let’s say your day off is blessed with the most amazing weather and a cloudless sky: staying home is just not ok, especially without air conditioning. The best thing to do is to dive into one of the city’s pool and refresh yourself. For those of you who can’t go to the seaside, or prefer to spend their vacations in a different type of destination, here are our 5 favorite pools in Milan. Goodbye, humid heat! Bagni Misteriosi This won’t be news to you: Bagni Misteriosi has been the most popular pool in Milan for a couple years, since it’s been renovated with impeccable taste, a large pool, and a bar for your happy hours needs. If you’re in (or you like people to think you are), then you must visit! Piscina Argelati Just behind Porta Genova and a stone’s throw from the Navigli area, Piscina Argelati is one of the best loved pools in the city. The facility was opened in the 1960s and it was the first uncovered outdoor pool in Milan. Find respite from the extreme heat in one of their two mega-pools! Lido di Milano A huge swimming pool with the capacity for a large amount of people without making you feel like you’re been smothered by the crowd: this is the go-to pool for Milanese youth, thanks to the water slides that make everything more fun! Lido di Milano is definitely worth a visit this summer. Piscine Saini Not far from Parco Forlanini, Piscine Saini underwent a renovation some time ago that completely changed its face and made it a lot more functional. It has two pools (one olympic-size, one a kid’s pool) and there’s more: it has a large venue for events and a spacious garden and a sunroom. Piscina Scarioni Piscina Scarioni is slightly less central than the rest of the swimming pools on this list, but that also makes it the least busy. It has three outdoor pools, one of them olympic-size: this was the venue for the 2007 Euroleague water polo championship finals. Thanks to regular upgrades, it is one of the most modern and complete aquatics centers in the city and you should not miss it.
Waterproof Makeup: How To Remove It
13-07-2017 12:22:02
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We’ve said it time and again: removing your makeup is Beauty Routine 101, because a clean and moisturized skin translates into a younger and more beautiful you, especially in the summer, when your waterproof makeup gets a lot more use. Let’s be honest though: you don’t always have specific products at hand to remove the more durable or more stubborn makeup, especially waterproof mascaras and lipsticks that do not rub off. If you think micellar water is going to help you get rid of any makeup… think again. As much as we love this product, to remove sweat proof and waterproof makeup you’ll have to raise your game. On the one hand, waterproof and water resistant products allow you to take a dip into the swimming pool without worrying you’ll emerge resembling a panda bear; on the other hand, you risk rubbing your skin and eyes excessively upon removing your makeup, and thus might end up irritating them. But worry not: the magical world of cosmetics has come up with a solution to every existing problem. There’s a wide range of products you can use to remove any trace of makeup from your skin – delicately. The best known among them are biphasic makeup removers, which are made up of both water-based and oil-based phases, dissolve your mascara simply, and are not rough on your eyelashes and brows. More in general, oil is a fundamental ingredient in a wide range of these products. Coconut, oil, and almond oil are particularly indicated for any kind of skin, even oily skin, because once you’ve washed them off, they discourage extra production of sebum. One of the products we love best is makeup removers balm, which are becoming more and more popular and are also looking like they will be the future of skincare. These products have a cream-like texture, but once applied and massaged onto the skin, they turn into oils and finally into creamy cleansing milks. Or, in case of emergency (and especially at the beach or at the pool), you can use biphasic wipes or cleansing milk, which also perfectly cleans your skin; the latter, however, should always be chosen carefully depending on what kind of skin you have. Long story short: no need to worry about your mascara staining your towel: from now on, removing waterproof makeup will be so easy!
How To Use Dry Shampoo: A Guide For Newbies and Pros
12-07-2017 14:39:05
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Whenever I listen to my friends’ beauty-related conversations, when the topic shifts to dry shampoos, I seem to hear the same question over and over again: “How often do you wash your hair?” Now, we’ve already debunked the myth about how washing your hair often is supposed to be bad for its health, although I’m all for not stressing it too much and washing it a maximum of two to three times a week. But I couldn’t survive those days in between washings without dry shampoo. For those of you who are dry shampoo virgins, we’re talking about a product you can apply onto your dry hair to remove any excess oil to give it another 24 hrs without washing it. There are several types – spray, powder, and even foam! And it’s so easy: step one is spraying the product onto your hair, focusing on roots and on problem areas. Then you just wait for it to work its magic, as it absorbs anything that doesn’t belong on the head of a lady who washes her hair regularly or has her hair done at the salon often (let me dream!). Last but not least, arm yourself with a brush and brush away all excess dry shampoo that has taken residence on your hair and scalp. Voila, perfectly clean hair, at least for another few hours! Find our favorite dry shampoos in the gallery, but first, a few more tips for you: firstly, please choose powder shampoos or other alternatives over aerosol – as much as we all like dry shampoo, be mindful of the environment! Secondly and thirdly, a couple good tricks. If your hair is clean but you struggle with volume, you can follow the same procedure and just use less dry shampoo. And if you feel your hair is running out of time before the next washing but you have zero time to wash it tonight or early in the am, just apply dry shampoo before going to sleep and let your hair absorb it for the rest of the night, then brush it when you wake up. Shock treatment to the rescue! Now go and proselytize your friends: you have my blessing.
Beauty Brand 2 Know: Pretty Vulgar
11-07-2017 11:49:28
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American, vintage, and super glam: these are the words that perfectly describe Pretty Vulgar, the new makeup brand that everybody’s been talking about since April, when it was launched in Sephora stores on the other side of the Pond. A full line of cosmetics, born from the expertise of beauty veterans and makeup artists combined, inspired by vintage aesthetics and by a broader idea of “beauty”. The Pretty Vulgar concept stems from the idea that beauty routines can be a beautiful thing of conflict: every woman has multiple facets, just like every bird has multiple colors in its plumage. Similarly, Pretty Vulgar offers a number of hues, so you can choose between preppy and 1950s pin up, between goth and bold and any other idea that might tempt you. Faithful to the concept, packaging is also a mix of flowers, birds, gold lines that come together and drift apart and vivid white borders. Boxes are reminiscent of bird cages and take us to a different world, a Wonderland, a world of dreams that makes us feel like little girls once again. Pretty Vulgar is completely cruelty-free – just one of the many reasons why you’ll fall in love with the line. Their formulas are made to last on your skin, but the products are light and paraben-, sulfate-, and phthalate-free. And there’s more: these products contain fabulous ingredients such as pro-vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid (in their mascaras, to moisturize your eyelashes) and olive oil, jojoba oil, and coconut oil (in their lipsticks and glosses, to make your lips soft). Could we ever not love a brand that offers a wide range of products that are so attractive and professionally-made at the same time? Truth is – we want everything, from their makeup setting spray, Lock It In, to their mascara, The Feathers, to their highlighter, Shimmering Swan, to the Nightingale palette… I could go on and on. It was just love at first sight!  
Summer 2017: The Hottest And Wildest Italian Beach Bars
11-07-2017 11:30:42
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When we think about our summer vacations, we think of ourselves as tanned, relaxed, and most importantly, always ready to party! With our alarms set on ‘off”, we’re free to party into the wee hours. I don’t know about you, but for me perfection is a resort where I can spend the day laying in the sun, which by the time happy hour rolls about basically turn into a club, the sand the hottest dancefloor of the summer. Well, Italian resorts are working on that and they are in the process of “outcooling” European destinations. Looking for beautiful beaches and fun? Have a look at our favorite Italian beach bars, have fun, and make this summer an unforgettable one! SUNSET CAFÈ There’s a beach bar in Tuscany that can teach one or two things to the rest of country. Sunset Cafè knows how to party, and it shows when the sun goes down and the music goes up! The scenery in incredible, and between enjoying your drinks on colored cushions and breaking your moves on the dancefloor, you’ll have a great time. Sunset Cafè is open every day from 7 pm to 3 am. Phi Beach Could the wildest island of the country be missing from our list? Of course not, so here is Phi Beach in Olbia-Tempio (on the Costa Smeralda), and the hordes of young people taking it by storm every night. Phi Beach can be reached by car, by boat, or, if you can afford it, with a helicopter ride, too. You just have to come if you want your summer to be trendy! SAMSARA BEACH Who doesn’t know the parties at Samsara’s? We recommend its Gallipoli venue, which is well known by anyone in southern Italy and beyond. You can enjoy the fabulous Apulia sea, and when the sun goes down, refresh youself with a drink and meet new people. Beky Bay The Romagna Riviera always gives us emotions, and in this case vibrations. Honestly, this shoreline is considered one of the most hottest in all of Italy, and choosing a single resort has been quite a difficult decision. Beky Bay is located in Bellaria and collects a lot of young people every summer, even because almost every evening you can find a themed party. From rock-indie music to the house and techno. Singita Miracle Beach Not too far from Rome, in Fregene, Singita has something for everybody. In the am, you can lay in the sun and relax all you want; in the afternoon, this beach transforms and turns into a a sunset bar with a floor of white linen on the sand. In this suggestive scenery, the Sunset Rite is celebrated every night; an Indian boy clad in white rings the gong, which resounds as then sun sinks into the water. The end of the day is greeted with an applause, and a magic night begins. If this doesn’t make you want to go to Singita now, we don’t know what will!
How to dress like a cowgirl in the city
10-07-2017 11:56:59
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Have you ever daydreamed about leaning against the porch of a range, in the middle of the Wild West, watching your handsome cowboy riding back home to you, his moving dark silhouette against the bright red sunset in the sky? Well, if you haven’t until now, I bet you at least got fond of the cowboy style at the latest Dior Cruise Show. It took place in a Wild West spot exactly like this, with all the models wearing stunning western-inspired outfits. The question that popped into my mind afterwards was: can anything look as cool, as powerful and sexy at the same time as those Wild West looks with hats, boots, layered dresses and suede jackets? The answer is easy. It’s no. Definitely not. A good reason for us to dress like a cowgirl then, even if the Wild West is far away and we are no Dior model on the show. And believe us, dressing a cowboy-inspired way is totally possible without looking like you’re on your way to a costume party.  All you have to do is to follow this one important styling rule: wear exactly three of the following items at the same time, no more and no less, and your cowgirl look will be stunning – but still city-adapted! You can choose between a denim piece, a hat (preferably a fedora one), something with fringes, suede leather, cowboy boots, black leather goods and a gingham printed piece. This sounds hard to handle? Then check out our three cowgirl looks below, and I bet this is what you will be wearing tomorrow.
Thin Hair Survival Tricks For The Summer
10-07-2017 11:32:54
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Do you have fine, thin hair, of the kind that gets greasy very quickly? Fellow owners of fine hair, this post is for you. Have hope: there’s light at the end of the tunnel, and with our advice, you can survive yet another summer, fine hair or not. Let’s start with saying that you’ll need to have a rigorous shampoo-and-conditioner routine, but before we go into any detail, let’s consider our context. It’s summer. In the summer, when it’s hot and humid, everyone has trouble managing their hair, even those who have been blessed with beautiful manes of thick hair. For those of us with thin hair that get dirty instantly, summer turns into a months-long nightmare. How to recognize a person with fine hair: their hairdo is shapeless half an hour into the day; their roots have zero volume; and their hair gets heavy because of sweat and because they cannot leave it alone and try to fix it – with questionable results. See yourself in this description? Here’s some tricks. As we mentioned, routine is key here, and summer needs a special routine. A light, volumizing shampoo (which hopefully works) is important, as is the right kind of conditioner. Gasp! Did we say conditioner?! Yes, yes we did. While conditioner is often considered a no-no for people with fine hair, it doesn’t have to be off limits anymore. Enter the new Pantene foam conditioner: 100% conditioner and none of the heaviness. This new product nourishes your hair from the inside out thanks to its champagne-like bubbles in its exclusive formula. It dries quickly and leaves no residues. In the summer, moisturizing your hair is super important – never skip it! If you think you’re too cool for conditioner and skip using it, your hair will take their revenge by producing a lot more oil to compensate for it… which will turn your head into a miserable disaster. For the post-routine phase, one more tip: try to limit tying up your hair in the hottest hours of the day only, so that they stay away from your nape without stressing it too much. By doing this, you won’t expose your hair to sweat (of which your nape has a lot) but you’ll also realize it makes a world of difference. Ready to put our advice to the test?
Man Crush Monday: Aidan Turner
10-07-2017 10:45:39
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How good it feels to start our week writing our Crush about a guy with a positive attitude, considerable talent, and who never got things handed out to him on a plate: he is Aidan Turner and at 34, he is an icon in Ireland and in the United Kingdom. Aidan was born in Clondalkin, a small town in the Republic of Ireland, where he lived until he graduated college. He had a perfectly normal childhood; his father was an electrician, his mother worked in an office. Since he was very little, he had a great passion for sports. Little Turner thus took tennis classes, tried badmington, and even tried his hand at ballroom dancing and latin dance contests. In the meantime, diploma in hand, he moved to Dublin. The time in the capital would define his later career. Putting sports aside, he threw himself into his other passion, cinema. In order to see as many films as possible and to pay for his studies, he started working in a movie theater and then as a bartender. At this point, Aidan was madly in love with cinema and managed to secure a place to study at the Gaiety School of Acting. At 21, Aidan got an important role in one of the most popular TV series of the last few years, The Tudors, and subsequently got cast for a number of other important roles, until he was chosen to play Ross Poldark in the BBC series named after the character, Poldark: the role that made his famous. Poldark is currently at its third season in the UK, which we hear from experts is also the one in which Aidan gives his best performance. Finally, you should also know that it’s pretty much pointless to look up Aidan on social media, because he simply has zero interest in them and is not on any. He is a bit old-fashioned (in the best, romantic sense), the kind of man who still appreciates courting. In fact, our dear readers, if anyone is interested, Aidan has recently become single and available, so…!
TBS TASTE: SAIGON, Vietnamese Cuisine in Milan
7-07-2017 14:41:53
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Imagine being transported all the way across the Ocean and to a lush, green place, rich in history from its ancient past as it is modern and elegant: a place that bewitches you instantly. No, you don’t need a plane ticket to find this paradise, you just have to walk into Saigon, a new Vietnamese restaurant in Milan. Saigon opened a month ago but it has already left its mark on the culinary map of the city thanks to its carefully designed venue, excellent service, and obviously thanks to its great food that can conquer even the most reluctunt European eaters, with its twists on typical cooking that make anything easier to approach. How could we not give it a try and report to our beloved readers? Hard work but someone’s gotta do it. Off we went to our reserved table and we asked the staff for advice so that we could try foods as diverse as possible and put the restaurant menu to the test. We started out treating ourselves to a drink: Saigon is both a restaurant and a cocktail bar, and it’s open before and after dinner time. Together with the regular staples of any bar, Saigon also offers a list of six signature cocktails inspired by Vietnam. We tried the Earl Gray Martini, Camélie and Zen, all of which were impressive not just in taste, but also in presentation and vessel. Sipping your drink at the bar, sitting on one of the high red-velvet-covered stools, will make you feel like you’re inside one of Marguerite Duras’s novels – and there’s just no better way to prepare for the meal to come. Once you’ve sat at your table, surrounded by kentia palms and in the dim light and warm ambience which are the perfect ingredients of an intimate dinner, we suggest you let the waiting staff help you pick the right dishes and the right wine (or cocktails – they go perfectly with the food, too!). We opted to share plenty of appetizers and were delighted by how well all the flavors worked together among them and with the sauces they come with; the goi cuon with soybean sauce and the chao tom, i.e. shrimps on sugarcane, with plum sauce, are our new obsession! We were also utterly impressed by how familiar these foreign flavours felt. Before you leave, take a moment to take a tour of the upper floor and explore the restrooms, a fantastic little corner of Saigon restaurant completely covered in flowery wallpaper. We promise you’ll forget you’re even in Milan!
Summer 2017: 5 Unusual and Cheap European Destinations
6-07-2017 14:48:48
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Has anyone here planned their vacation to the tiniest details? No? Well, maybe someone has, but most of us just are just chronically late, be it because we all postpone stuff or because, as much as we want to escape routine, travelling in the Summer is ugh so expensive. We feel ya. If you’re at a loss, here’s 5 of the cheapest destinations in Europe. Riga, Latvia According to recent research, Riga is trending. No wonder, with its priceless cultural heritage – the city center is home to the best preserved Art Nouveau architecture in Europe and to as many as 50 museums; Riga is also known as the Paris of the North (as is Warsaw). Ok, it might not be the best place to lay on the beach, but I challenge you to get bored in the capital of Latvia. If you love architecture, don’t miss the Three Brothers, three buildings in Mazā Pils iela, and the House of the Blackheads. Riga is on the rise but has not been invaded by hords of tourists yet – and that means it’s still on the cheap side. Kiev, Ukraine More modern and more European than many Slavic cities, Kiev is the perfect compromise for those who have tight budgets but don’t want to give up certain luxuries. Despite an uncertain political situation, Kiev offers unique sights, many beautiful churches that totally qualify as art, and a lifestyle that is accessible even to the thinnest of wallets. Don’t miss the Podil neighborhood, one of the the most beautiful, most colorful, and liveliest parts of the city. Sofia, Bulgaria One more destination in Eastern Europe, of which Sofia is rightfully considered the Queen. As elegant ss it is unexpensive, Sofia is rich in art, history, religion, and traditions that make it absolutely unique. Due to its mild climate (read: it won’t feel like you’re in an oven, even in July), strolling in the city center is a delightful experience. Write these names down: Thracian Treasure, Central Mineral Baths, and the young and hip Studentski grad area. Warsaw, Poland The capital of Poland always holds surprises, and leaves us with a sense of longing any time we get away from it. Warsaw has had some of the most difficult times in twentieth-century Europe and was completely destroyed in WW2. After just a few years, however, part of the city center had already been rebuilt, including the Royal Palace that is the pride of every Pole. But there’s so much more to see in Warsaw; here’s just a few sights: the Old Town (which is a Unesco WHS), the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and the Palace of Culture and Science. Don’t miss the melody resounding through the city every day at 11.15 am in memory of the first Nazi bombing of the city: it is a truely moving moment. Luxembourg City, Luxembourg No larger than a small county, Luxembourg is considered to have one of the best qualities of life in the world. This ministate offers a lot to see, such as its over 100 Medieval castles and the Alzette river, which makes the place oh-so-charming. Luxembourg will also surprise you with its culinary and renowned tradition, the fruit of the encounter of many different influences. Whatever your tastes, you’ll find an affordable activity in Luxembourg City, for cheaper than you would in many European capitals.
The ultimate after-sun skincare routine: how to take care of your face after a day in the sunshine
6-07-2017 11:34:54
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You know how good it feels when the skin on your face is cool and glowing? Wouldn’t it be great to feel that way even after a whole day in the sun? As temps get warmer and the sun shines longer each day, you need to up your game in terms of skincare, so that your skin stays moisturized and luminous. Here’s the ultimate after-sun skincare routine for after your tanning sessions in the sun. Firstly, eye on the prize: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Drinking a lot of water is always a good habit and more so if you’re in the sun for multiple hours a day. If you tend to get distracted, no worries – there are so many apps out there to remind you to have water throughout the day! Now that we’re covered the basics, let’s turn to this after-sun skincare routine. Start with making sure you’ve removed all impurities (including all traces of the generous amount of sunscreen that you’ve been applying all day long. Because you HAVE, right?). So you need to start with a nice shower, neither too hot nor too cold, to steam your pores gently, before you unclog them with a mild cleanser. Remember: the sun irritates your skin, so you need to take care of it like the treasure it is. To get rid of dead skin (and trust me, you have a lot of it), you can use a peeling product, as long as it’s delicate. Next phase: skin toner (which needs to be both moisturizing and soothing) and a nice moisturizing and cooling mask for your skin to soak on for a few minutes. Now it’s time for the main show: a moisturizing after-sun lotion. Did you know that aloe, shea butter, yogurt and cucumbers, which often appear as ingredients of this kind of product, can also be used on their own to repair dry skin, thanks to their soothing properties? Because they can! And they are our natural allies in the war on after-sun dehydration. Routine over! You’re know the proud owner of skin that doesn’t even know the concept of “dry”. Scroll down to the gallery to see all the products you need to fight against dryness! Text by Clelia Veith
Woman Crush Wednesday: Laura Harrier
5-07-2017 10:44:00
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She’s not the daughter of a celebrity or the sister of a super model: she’s the girl next door who has achieved success through sheer talent. Her name is Laura Harrier and if you don’t know her, then it’s about time you do. Laura was born in Chicago in 1990 and got into the fashion industry at a young age. Her beauty and her natural elegance were noticed by American recruiters who instantly offered her some very lucrative job contracts. She thus started collaborating with L’Oréal, Macy’s and Garnier, and she was featured in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Elle e Glamour. This paved the way for her to what really interested her – acting. Now 27, Laura has stated that she has limited interest in fashion, but she has a strong passion for cinema. Strong in her calling, she enrolled in a dramatic arts school, and thanks to her features in magazines and advertising, Laura got her chance to be cast in some great TV series such as One Life to Live and Unforgettable, followed by high-grossing movies, the latest of which, Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Laura as Liz, the love interest of every nerd’s favorite super hero. As it often happens, success creates success, and Laura was cast for one of the most awaited films of the year, Fahrenheit 451, from the novel by the same title authored by Ray Bradbury. Laura will be Millie (Mildred in the novel), Montag’s wife, who lives a social-media-obsessed life. This obsession will jeopardize her marriage (unlike in the novel, where Mildred’s obsession was television). Waiting to see Laura take on this new challenge, we’ve had a look at her Instagram profile, which is filled with photos of Italy, including many with her new friend Bella Hadid. She might not be interested in a future in fashion, but the camera clearly loves her – don’t you think?
Beauty Brand 2 Know: Rodin
4-07-2017 12:16:37
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Linda Rodin has a motto she lives by: “There is beauty in simplicity”. We can’t think of anything that’s more essentially and truthfully “her”, after all. A woman with her past must know what she’s talking about. She’s been a model, founded one of the first concept stores in New York City, she’s been a journalist at Harper’s Bazaar and a freelance stylist. Those who have worked in fashion and have been lucky enough to meet her know that her favorite past time in the backstage was adding her own personal touch to the makeup artists for the final act – the glow she wanted every single woman to have while she walked the runway. Hers was a secret recipe, a blend of therapeutic oils that could transform a dull complexion in a matter of seconds, making it luminous and removing tension. It took her two years of experiments, in her own bathroom, to find the right mix. Thus was born Rodin Olio Lusso, which in no time captured the attention of artists and celebrities and made the history of cult beauty products. It didn’t take long for the product line to grow larger, with the addition of skin care products and a few lipsticks and lip pencils. If it is true that beauty lies in simplicity (and we swear by this idea), formulations are where it’s at to test all of this. With Rodin Olio Lusso, that won’t take any effort. You’ll see your skin change texture from day one, and you’ll be able to forget complicated beauty routines! It might not be for lovers of Korean beauty, but Rodin can change anyone’s mind
Unfiltered Beauty… Through AR: New Technologies That Let You Try On Makeup Virtually
3-07-2017 15:58:13
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Innovation in the beauty industry never stops – we’re basically entering the Matrix. First came the apps that told you how to perfect your look, but that was just the beginning. Augmented reality is now – well, a reality! For the non-technology-nerds (or the technology Muggles) among you, augmented reality is the step before virtual reality, the difference being that with augmented reality you are still “in this world”, which represents the background upon which an added layer, developed through images, creates a visualization of what we’d like to see. Remember the holograms in Star Wars? This is pretty much the same thing. To go back to beauty, augmented reality can now be used to try on makeup without having to actually apply it onto your face. Through Counter, an app about to be launched, you’ll be able to try on anything (a n y t h i n g) you want, and then purchase it directly through the app without even having to leave your house. Among the many brands that have partnered with Counter we can already list Charlotte Tilbury, Lime Crime, Stila, Clarins… there’s something for everybody! Unlike previous apps, Counter also lets you see the packaging of the products, which, according to marketing experts, can make the difference in what you purchase and you don’t. As far as I’m concerned, they’re totally right: Charlotte Tilbury’s rose gold represents half the fun. This tech is also perfect to try on those kinds of products for which no testers are available, such as fake eyelashes. Battington Lashes, the producer of fabulous silk eyelashes, is launching an app that recognizes the shape of your eyes and shows you what its products would look like on you. If this is not genius, we don’t know what is! The only thing that’s missing? Experiencing texture. And even then, you can consult an expert and get their opinion. Perfect365 is about to launch the PRO version of its app, through which makeup artists can suggest their customers variations on their looks through augmented reality. Your screen will show you back your look with the products your makeup artist recommends, and the app will link to the e-commerce websites where you can buy them. Welcome to the future!
Man Crush Monday: Kevin Mischel
3-07-2017 10:03:47
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He’s the new face of Louis Vuitton, former boxing champion and dancer, current actor and model and, last but not least, this week’s Man Crush Monday on The Blonde Salad: all the media are after 30-year-old Frenchman Kevin Mischel. Let’s take a step back and start with a trivia fact: not much is known about his early and private life (where he was born, for instance, or when, or whether he’s dating anyone), but we have plenty of details about his career in sports, which have contributed a lot to making him the person he is today. Kevin, in fact, has always been keen on sports since he was very young, and namely on boxing. From courses, he trained until he became a professional boxer. But there’s one event in particular which completely changed his life. When he was a teenager, he came across a group of street dancers on the way out of the gym in the Parisian banlieue, and (we could say) he saw the light. In that moment, Kevin knew that dance was his language, and specialised in popping (a mix between funky dance and hip hop). With dancing came his introduction to the show business. He started performing and getting more and more confident on the stage. Success came in early 2016 with the movie Divines, in which he showed off his fabulous dancing skills, but he also impressed many as a promising young actor. The French-produced film was also awarded the prestigious Caméra d’or prize at the Cannes festival that year. Riding that wave, and realizing he had a real passion for acting, Kevin decided to pursue his acting career further and was chosen as the main actor in a theater play, Night in White Satie, which the French swooned over. His new passion came at the right time too, right when he started to realize that, at 30, his body could no longer tolerate the intense exercise that dancing required, as he has frequently admitted. Thanks to these successes and his good looks, Kevin found himself receiving proposals from every direction, including, most recently, to work in fashion! As we mentioned, Louis Vuitton and Nicolas Ghesquière selected him for their new campaign, together with the ever-beautiful Catherine Deneuve. And this is just the beginning – he’s off to a great start!
Designer to know: Bevza
30-06-2017 11:04:30
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Svetlana Bevza, Ukrainian designer, known for her minimalist style. She created her brand, Bevza, to promote the superiority and complexity of the color white, and to promote a strong, pure and clean attitude. White clothing is he must-have of her collection, but that is not all: there are also clean lines, utterly sophisticated cuts, fresh colors, high-quality tailoring and materials, garments with a strong identity, and femininity with a masculine touch. And let’s not forget the main player of all her collection: the truly enchanting light that allows her style’s typical colors to really shine. If you are looking for a sophisticated, city-friendly look, that gives you a strong, yet sensitive and delicate image, Bevza is the brand for you. If we had to think of a story behind her creations, we would imagine a young, mysterious woman, perhaps an undercover spy, with a secret passion for art and poetry… Now who wouldn’t like to have such an image? We discovered the brand thanks to the photos of the latest Fall Winter 2017-2018 collection, which we are really crazy about. Their aesthetics make us think back to the women of the great minimalist brands of the 1990s, only in a more contemporary and cooler version: total leather looks, monochrome co-ords, broad shoulders, prints and our favorite, reinvented classics. Only a few can manage to invent something new by modifying the characteristic traits of a garment, and even fewer manage to do so with such remarkable results. Bevza, if you ask us… You did it!  
Sardinia Road Trip: 4 Days Across The Island, South to North, Via The Most Beautiful Beaches of Italy
29-06-2017 14:10:06
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If you are employed, you’re bound to have the same problem all of us have every summer: too little time off, too hot for a staycation in the city. Say you have 4 days off, because you’ve been smart enough to turn a weekend into a long weekend, and have a desperate need for sunshine and the sea, then there’s one thing to do: go to Sardinia. Is there anybody left who doesn’t know Sardinian beaches are the best in the country – and in Europe? That’s exactly why you can’t miss out on this region. So to make the most of the little time you have available, here’s a Sardinia itinerary from South to North to guide you to all the most charming beaches. You just have to book your flights to Cagliari e rent a car – we’ll take care of the rest. DAY 1: Cagliari Ideally, you should reach Cagliari the night before, no matter how late, so you can fully enjoy your first day. The main city of Sardinia, in its southernmost region, will be your starting point. The best beaches in the area are by Villasimius: Porto Giunco, Campulongo and Porto Sa Ruxi are just a few hundred yards from each other and thus make the ideal destinations for you to explore over the course of the day. After a nice, intense, and sunshine-filled day, it’s time to get back to the city and enjoy a stunning sunset in Cagliari, on the terrace of the Bastione di Saint Remy (right in the city center). Order your favorite drink and wait for the sun to set behind the breath-taking view. After spending the entire day on the beach and a nice stroll through downtown, believe us – you WILL be hungry. How about some seafood? There’s no want of excellent seafood in Cagliari, as you can imagine, but if you want to be sure to have an amazing dinner, try Antica Cagliari, in one of the city’s narrow streets, and get yourself some spaghetti alle vongole (clam spaghetti) – one of life’s finest pleasures. Or go to Lillicu and get some local dishes – they’re the best!   DAY 2: San Teodoro After an early wake up, it’s time to head to San Teodoro, about 2.5 hours from Cagliari. Since you’re aiming for the best beaches in Sardinia, you can’t miss La Cinta, a larger beach than many in the region, where – do we need to say this? – the sand and water are just amazing. Later in the day (there’s too much to see to spend too long in one place!), less than 10 minutes away, you’ll find a beach that’ll wow you: it’s called Cala Brandinchi and human language just doesn’t have a word to describe how blue the water is here: you just have to see for yourself. In the late afternoon, it’s happy hour time, and then you can head to dinner at La Margherita where you just have to try the linguine all’astice (lobster linguine) or lados (a typical Sardinian pasta that resembles dumplings a bit) with sausage, pecorino cheese cream and ricotta. No need for dessert – you’re better off with a glass of mirto, the local digestivo. DAY 3: Stintino New day, new beach: this time, you’re going to one of the northernmost areas of the island, namely Stintino, not too far from Sassari. Believe us, you’ve never seen anything like it. The beach at La Pelosa is incredibly white and the water is so blue it puts the Maldives to shame. In addition, Stintino has the cutest bars and cafes, where you can enjoy a radler and forget how hot it gets under the Sardinian sun (beware though: the local radler, Lemon Ichnusa, is so good it’s addictive). Other beaches in this area include the Spiaggia delle Saline and Cala Lupo, which are just as amazing as Stintino. For dinner, we recommend you explore the local, inland specialties at a place such as the Agriturismo Depalmas: no need to tell you you can’t leave without trying the renowned porceddu (pork meat) and wash it down with a bottle of Cannonau! DAY 4: Alghero Your vacation through the most beautiful parts of Sardinia is coming to an end. As your last stop, we’ve chosen Alghero, a city that’ll surprise you. Beaches are very close to the city center, but if you’re looking for a quieter spot, you can head over to the Spiaggia delle Bombarde. At dinner time, come back to Alghero, which has plenty of lovely and really good restaurants with amazing views. Pick one of the restaurants on the city walls for a romantic view. After dinner, take the required stroll on the seaside: in the harbour, you’ll see archaeological remains from the two World Wars, and you can follow the city walls up to the castle, where the city’s commercial life now resides and the cutest shops and bars can be found. Don’t be surprised to see the streets have Catalan names; one in five Alghero resident is fluent in the language, due to past and present connections with Spain (and nowadays, Alghero has three twin cities in the country). As much as you don’t want to, it’s time to leave this wonderful island and go back to city life – a shade more tanned and a lot richer in experiences!
Mission: Rapunzel. How to make your hair grow faster
28-06-2017 17:18:00
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Ever look at Rapunzel’s hair with a tinge of jealousy? Personally, I’ve been obsessed with long hair lately. Day and night I think about new ways of helping my hair grow longer: I can’t help it. Are you as obsessed as I am? Then read along: I’ve got some secrets to share. This is your ultimate guide to helping your hair grow “faster” – inverted commas are pretty much mandatory here though, because everybody’s hair is different and takes different times to grow. Mother Nature blessed some of us with overactive follicles and plenty of keratin, while others have to do with slower growth; anyhow, slow and steady wins the race, and you’ll need patience. Routine is key here, because longer hair (even Rapunzel’s) doesn’t happen overnight. Start by fixing some of your habits and you’ll immediately notice an improvement in the health and appearance of your hair. Never ever forget to apply conditioner, which you need to use every single time; ideally, you should also use a moisturizing hair mask at least once a week. Avoid aggressive shampoos: opt for moisturizing products. Additionally, try not to wash your hair every day: every time you get rid of dirt from your scalp, you’re also removing the natural oils produced by your body to help fibers grow. When you’re done, don’t wrap your towel too tight on your head: hairs might break, even though you might not notice! Comb your hair as delicately as you can, using the right tools. Nobody wants knots, but stressing your hair is the best way to prevent it from getting longer. The same goes for using the hair dryer and straightener: the less often you use them, the less stressed your hair will be. Other factors include hair ties: tying your hair is not particularly good for growth, so keep it loose as often as possible, or position your hair differently every time; this way, there won’t be any weakening of the fibers anywhere specific. Then, your pillow, or rather pillow case: for the best results, you’ll need silk. Your hair will thank you. Last but not least, add hair growth products to your routine: serums in particular will help your conquer long hair. You’ll only need a few drops in the morning of before going to sleep, together with a nice scalp massage, which never hurts anyway. Even though it’s not scientifically proven to help growth, it is always a good idea to give your hair a good trim every now and then. This way, you’ll avoid split ends, which signal hair’s bad health and its likely coming closer to breaking point. One last piece of advice: do some research and consider supplements. If your diet lacks the vitamins your hair needs, they will help. That’s it from your hair growth goddess today. Good luck, Rapunzels, may the force be with you!
Vichy, flowers, stripes are the trendiest prints for Summer 2017
28-06-2017 11:09:47
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Stripes, vichy caros and flower prints are three of the major pattern trends this Spring Summer 2017. Whichever collection you look at, they all did it: Gucci, Chloé and Dolce & Gabbana, as well as Zara, Topshop and Mango celebrated prints in all possible shapes and cuts. And so do we! Actually, we love prints so much that we will say: don’t wear these patterns with plain basics. Forget your blue jeans, leave your black skirts in the wardrobe, and ignore your white trousers. Wear prints as a total look, instead! This spring, when it comes to patterns, more is more — so dare to wear stripes with stripes, flower prints with flower prints and vichy caro with more vichy. Should you be wondering whether this might visually be too much to handle, don’t worry. Our three double-pattern looks will be proof that matching the same prints does look amazing. How to wear stripes with stripes Stripes with stripes might be the combination that you never tried before, but that you definitely should try. It actually looks totally harmonious! The only thing you have to avoid is matching a bottom and a top with excessively thin stripes. Other than that, you can wear horizontal with vertical or diagonal stripes, mix any color you want, or go for a total look in one color.  Just keep your accessories simple. How to wear flower prints with flower prints There is just one rule when it comes to the trending flower print: go all in! Either choose a flower-print maxi dress (it does count as more is more), or wear a flower-print bottom and top together. To avoid looking mismatched, make sure you  choose prints with a similar range of colors. Other than that… Blossom up, girl! How to wear vichy caros with vichy caros One of the biggest trends this season: vichy caros. You will find skirts, trousers, tops, blouses and even accessories printed with this tiny little pattern, instantly giving us a warm feeling of nostalgia. What really matters, when wearing vichy print with vichy print, is to avoid wearing a bottom and a top in the same color –  and avoid looking like you stole some curtains from an alpine ski cottage. The best way to look amazing in this double pattern look is to chose a bottom with black and white caro print: if you do that, this will allow you to go crazy when choosing a top, you’ll be able to choose any color you like!  
Woman Crush Wednesday: Zoe Lister-Jones
28-06-2017 10:12:43
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Film director Zoe Lister-Jones recently noted in an interview that our society is good at talking, but what we actually need is facts. With this statement (and its political subtext), this week’s WCW gives us a glimpse into her big new project and her very special first film as a director, Band Aid. A 34-years-old Brooklyn native, Zoe got a head start (with the support of her parents) in the show business at a very young age. She began acting then and has yet to stop, though she’s quite talented as a musician as well: she plays the guitar, and is a pretty good singer too. She’s famous for her roles in both films and TV series, such as Law & Order and New Girl. But after a long time acting, as it often happens, she needed a new challenge: for this reason, Zoe dipped her toes into a different art – that of screenwriting, first with lesser known films, and now with this new big project as a director. Of course the show business professionals are all into Zoe’s new career as a film director, but what the media are particularly fond of is her decision to hire an all-women team. In other words: this week’s WCW’s crew is entirely made up of female professionals, who hare responsible for the entire project, from sound to filming. Not only did she demonstrate that women are as good as it gets at even the most practical, manual jobs in the industry, but she sent a feminist message and brought attention to the issue of gender discrimination that is still going strong on the workplace. This is just one of the reasons why Zoe is understandably proud of her work, another being the story she tells in her movie, which she’s also written herself. Band Aid tells the story of Anna and Ben, who after spending a long time together as a couple find themselves fighting all the time. Anna then comes up with an idea: why not turn our arguments into music? Anna and Ben thus create a band, with unforeseen results. To find out how the story ends (and to support this all-women project), you’ll have to watch the movie! PS: If you’re wondering if this accomplished, busy woman is in a relationship – yes, she is! She’s been married to her coworker Daryl Wein since 2013. What a lucky guy, uh?
Man Crush Monday: Raury
26-06-2017 08:46:01
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He turned 21 just a few days ago, on June 10 to be precise, but our Man of the week already has clear ideas, and he isn’t afraid of anything and anyone. Raury Deshaun Tullis, a.k.a. Raury, American rapper and songwriter, famous for his musical style that mixes hip hop, folk and soul, is currently the talk of town, after his protest during Dolce&Gabbana’s fashion show. Over the last few seasons, the famous Italian brand decided to involve some of the youngest performers from all over the world in its collections, bringing several artists and influencers on stage during their show at the Milan Fashion Week. This season, Raury was among the people chosen, but he decided to exploit his new role as a model in a rather peculiar way: he took off his T-shirt, showing some words of protest written on his skin, to signal his disagreement over Dolce&Gabbana’s recent #BOYCOTT campaign, which was ironic about the disapproval encountered by the brand after the two designers decided to dress Melania Trump. It is not the first time that Raury gets personally involved in social questions: together with Pharrell Williams, he is the spokesperson for G-Star Raw’s Raw for the Ocean, recycling plastic from the ocean to create denim clothing. In his albums, Indigo Child and All We Need, Raury discusses his ideas and principles, about politics and immigration, but most of all, he talks to the hearts of the people his age, encouraging them to become more aware of themselves and their world. The environment matters to him a lot, and he shows this in small details, like choosing to cycle, avoiding anything engine-powered, and in his choice to be vegan. What else can we say? If these are the young people who will take care of our world after us, then we can keep hoping it will be in good hands, and that these young people will be able to value the planet, learning how not to destroy its beauty.
6 ways to style your little black dress totally differently
26-06-2017 08:39:23
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There is one fashion piece all girls have in their wardrobes without exception. And I’m not talking about blue jeans –- I’m talking about the legendary little black dress. Some of us might own the slip dress version, some the tight bodycon shaped one, others might have chosen one with lace or tulle details. Nevertheless, it’s the one piece we take out when we have a really special occasion, for which we normally wear it with a pair of black stilettos, or pumps. That looks amazing, no doubt about it, but isn’t it a bit sad that we do not wear it more often? It is time to wear our little black dress as often as we want, and after you look at our six styling options, you will want to wear it way more often. The styling secret to never to looking the same while wearing the same dress is not as complicated as it may sound at first: it all depends on what you wear it with, and how. If you have a nice blouse with wrap details, just wear it on top of your dress, and your dress will suddenly look like a mini skirt. Another option we rarely think about is to simply tuck the dress into your jeans, and ta-dah, it will transform into a cute top! Or let’s imagine you are going on vacation, and your suitcase is jam-packed: no problem! Just wear a nice kimono over your little black dress, and it will look casual during the day and sexy at night. If you planned on an easy afternoon tea with your friends, just wear your marinière under the dress, it will look so cute! Especially with a pair of espadrilles. If you have a more elegant event coming up in the evening, just keep your dress on, take the marinière off, and slip into a nice pair of wide-leg trousers. Classy, right? Last but not least, there is also the sporty option, wearing an oversized hoodie on top of your dress — with matching sneakers, you will look stunning!
How to choose the perfect highlighter for your skin
26-06-2017 08:34:03
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We’ve been telling you in every possible way by now, your life needs a highlighter. We also realized that the crazy amount of products available on the market might make it very hard to choose the perfect highlighter for your skin tone. So, here is a practical guide to find your match, your soulmate in glow, to never let go. Let’s start with our snow-white skinned friends, among which is included yours truly. This kind of complexion works very well with anything pearl-hued, ice-hued, holographic products or anything in a very pale, champagne shade. It is absolutely forbidden for you to even get close to anything with a red or warm undertone, in order to avoid the I-just-had-a-run-on-a-treadmill effect. If you really want to give your face some warmth, you can apply your highlighter on top of a layer of coral-coloured blush (or buy NARS’s Orgasm blush, which will give you both effects in one!) The middle category gets a green light for anything with golden or peach tones. In summer, you can use them on your cheekbones as well as a lightweight eyeshadow, to create a perfect ton-sur-ton effect which will look great when moving from the shore to happy hour. To bring out your tan, go for highlighting bronzers, applying them generously on your décolleté before you go out at night. Dark skin is perfect to have fun and play with rich highlighter tones, like rose gold and bronze. It is very important to choose highly pigmented products if you do this, and stay away from anything that is too fair or whose color is too cold and icy: this might end up looking just like a layer of dust that will wash you out instead of making your face glow, as highlighter should. To avoid this problem, add a little liquid highlighter to your foundation, this will give you a very natural and soft effect, and it won’t just be perfect for partying… It will also be good for going to work!
Miami Fashion Week, with Valentina: emerging brands and ecology
23-06-2017 15:06:35
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Attending a fashion week that is not part of the “classic” circuit of fashion weeks is always an interesting experience, because everything is very different from what we are used to, and very often, things happen differently from what we would expect. In Miami’s case, I was expecting bold colors, breathtaking locations and lots of celebrities: what actually surprised me most was the total absence of streetstyle photographers, because Miami’s fashion shows are all hosted in the same large tensile structure, and they all take place after 6pm. The calendar included designers from all over the place, not just from Florida, and the most striking for me were the young brands whose designers came from Central and South America. Shantall Lacayo is one of them, she came to Miami Fashion Week from Nicaragua, thanks to her government’s help: the Nicaraguan government is trying to help young designers gain more recognition abroad and especially in the US. Her collection is very colorful and seductive, it hints at the 1970s, with retro prints and lots of interesting details, like the hand-painted Converse shoes that gave a final touch to her men and women’s looks, which the designer painted personally. Yirko Sivirich, from Lima, was another brand that attracted my attention. His collection was all inspired by the sea: men walked the runway with surfboards, while girls wore bikini and one-piece swimsuits in peculiar cuts that made them absolutely suitable to be worn as tops. Beautiful! Silvia Tcherassi‘s work was also striking, especially because her heavily embroidered wicker bags really won my heart, but also because of her clothing’s structure, very fluid, yet with cuts and knots that still give them some sophistication. The most interesting part of the show was the first day, though, which was all dedicated to the topic of ecology and featured a special guest, Antonio Banderas. Banderas has been working with Miami Fashion Week for 20 years, trying to change the country’s mentality. In Florida, as well as in the rest of the world, recycling is not at all common and oceans are filled with waste that damages this fragile ecosystem. ECOALF is one of the few brands that focuses on recycling: they originally started by repurposing used fishermen nets — fishermen change their nets every 5 years, but they never take old ones back to the shore with them, as they have to pay a tax to get rid of them. The result is that they usually decide to let them sink in the sea. ECOALF started creating clothing from this leftover cotton, and then they also started making shoes from old plastic bottles. The most interesting aspect is that this brand doesn’t just reuse materials, it also aims to educate people, working with fishermen and locals, and organizing programs to foster environmental education. Very interesting and relevant, not just for Florida but for the entire world!
TBS Taste: Casa Infante e Leopoldo, Naples comes to Milan!
23-06-2017 11:25:08
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Neapolitans in Milan have been hoping this would happen for a while, and people from Northern Italy may have heard about it, and felt curious to find out more. Finally, the day has come: the historical patisserie and taralli makers Leopoldo, who have been delighting Neapolitan palates for over 70 years, finally arrived in Milan, opening their first shop in via Torino 48, very close to Duomo. And of course, TBS Crew rushed to taste these sweets first hand, as soon as they could! The story of this patisserie started in 1940, when a young man named Leopoldo, who had learned the craft from his father-in-law, decided to open his very own small store in the heart of Naples. The quality of raw ingredients, and the family’s professionalism, made the Leopoldo brand very widely known. Leopoldo’s son Patrizio Infante, in particular, and his two sons Fabio and Marco, perpetuated the family’s secret recipes, and decided to “export” them to Northern Italy. So, now you won’t need your Neapolitan friends visiting Milan to come with a large tray of sfogliatelle, babà and taralli, because Naples came to Milan now and it is here to stay, fortunately. And that is not all, because the family generously decided to include another one of their “creatures” in their Milan shop: Casa Infante. What is Casa Infante all about then? It’s about artisanal ice cream, characterized by creativity and innovation in their choice of flavors. Marco Infante, who takes care of the creative and productive aspect of the company, comes up with new flavors almost weekly, rigorously using local products from Campania, making customers happier and happier every day. A few examples of their flavors, to give you an idea: Malafemmina, Baiocchi cookies, Sacher Sbagliata, Bianco Cereali… Totally mouth-watering! And that is not it. In addition to ice cream, Casa Infante also has another ace up its sleeve that will definitely win the hearts of everyone in Northern Italy, too: buccaccielli. The word is Neapolitan for small jar, Casa Infante’s buccaccielli are local Neapolitan specialties placed in jars. Once again, original flavors blended with authenticity are the company’s strength: pistachio-based Pistacchiato, a dangerously addictive spread, is the king of buccaccielli. And we are not just saying this, we know so from first-hand experience, not hearsay! We pampered ourselves and decided to test several gelato flavors, as well as some of Leopoldo’s traditional products. We feel it is our duty to recommend their Cuore di Babà, a destructured babà cake stacked into a glass, making it very easy to enjoy as street food, too. There is really something for everyone, for lovers of savory tastes, and for those with a sweet tooth… And we are pretty sure that the people of Milan will also fall in love with Neapolitan tradition!
Add a pinch of (sea) salt to your summer beauty routine!
22-06-2017 13:25:40
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Make sure you mark my words, because they will be your summer’s password: sea salt. Yes, that’s right, this is the ingredient that will take good care of your beauty, naturally and easily: sea salt has purifying properties, it is excellent for draining extra liquids, and as an anti inflammatory. Not only does it help against a very common nightmare for women – guess, it starts with a C and finishes in ITIS – it also helps our body get rid of dead cells. There are neverending ways to use sea salt in cosmetology, and each single one of them brings specific benefits with it that you can discover. Ready to add sea salt to your beauty routine? We all know about sea-salt sprays, because they are used to produce beach waves – but sea salt has other advantages, too. Sea salt treatments are actually excellent to rid your scalp of dandruff, and they are also ideal for those with greasy hair, as sea salt is also helpful in eliminating excess sebum from your hair. In addition to taking care of styling, sea salt also takes care of your hair, giving it lots of volume, too! Make sure that the formula you choose pairs sea salt to nutritious elements, such as coconut, or aloe: this will help you avoid the feeling of dryness that sea salt can leave behind once your hair dries. There is no better scent than the one that comes from the sea: fresh, regenerating and summer-like. How many times did you wish you could fill a small ampoule with the smell of the sea, before you left the beach? Many times, probably, mostly to be able to carry on relaxing, imagining the sound of the waves. Halo therapy and salt caves in spas are helpful in recreating that same condition of relaxation that is so hard to achieve in the city. Now, imagine you could be wearing this perfume every day… The good news is, you can! Just choose one of the fragrances in our gallery, it will do wonders for your mind. If you thought water and salt are only good for eliminating cellulitis, you are wrong: they are also very good for purifying your skin, making it smoother, and giving it a youthful glow. Grab your body scrub, grab a gommage for your face – watch out if you have sensitive skin, gommage is not for you – prepare your compress, and get your relaxing baths ready. The accumulation of toxins is one of the prime causes of premature skin ageing and of any marks appearing on your skin, so, being able to count on a natural ally like sea salt in this struggle is definitely a source of relief. And that is not all: walking in warm salt water also helps your circulation, unifying relaxation and care for your body in just one gesture. So, what are you waiting for? Go and have a walk along the shore at sunset: summer is here and the sea is expecting you!
All you should know before you try one of those black peel off masks
21-06-2017 15:00:09
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My friends have been nagging me with one question lately: “what about that black peel off charcoal mask I saw on Facebook? Does it work?” I decided that, to save the face of as many people as I can, I should answer this difficult question here. First off, do you really think you should trust a random Facebook video, in which people scream in pain when removing a mask from their skin? I think you already know the answer. These online videos should include a message for their audience, like WWE demos: don’t try this at home. The first reason why you shouldn’t is that these masks, usually available on eBay, aren’t really good quality at all. The second reason to avoid them is that the sticky agent they contain is so aggressive that it literally takes away the entire top layer of your skin’s cells with it when you remove it, including small hairs and sebum-producing filaments. Of course your skin feels smooth like a peach… There is nothing left there! Your skin gets truly traumatized by these masks, and it usually needs about 30 days to go back to its regular balance. Now, if you already used this mask once, don’t worry about it, just promise you will never do it again. And don’t despair: there are actually effective peel-off masks that are also good for your skin, and there are colorful ones too, if you really cannot do without that. If you want to go for a black mask then the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask if for you, but if you really want to be envied by all on social media, test  GLAMGLOW’s GravityMud, in its limited, metallic blue Sonic edition (remember the hedgehog that all Nintendo owners loved in the 1990s?). If you don’t have any color preferences, have a look at our other ideas in the gallery, and organize a nice multimasking session with your friends – this time without anyone having to scream in pain.
How to wear polo shirts in a cool way
21-06-2017 12:15:55
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If I say “polo shirts“, and you instantly think about René Lacoste’s jersey petit piqué, don’t worry, you’re not the only one to make this mental association! Nevertheless, the image of polo shirts has changed a lot since their inception on the tennis courts in the early 1990. Polo shirts went from being simple sportswear to being the polished, yet casual symbol of good manners. Worn with blue cotton trousers and flat loafers, it still is symbolic the so-called “preppy-style”, which might look nice on a golf course or on a sailing boat, but definitely not on the streets of big fashion cities. Well… It didn’t, until now. We have breaking news concerning these preppy shirts, girls: polos are back in fashion! So, don’t stop reading now, just because the shirts instantly made you think about boring golf games, or dull, bourgeois people: polo shirts seem to recently have had a complete image makeover, and styled in the new way, they even look cool. You still can’t believe it? Then check out the Spring Summer 2017 runways: we noticed amazing polo looks at Dolce&Gabbana’s, at Adam Selman’s and at Hood by Air’s shows. Honestly, they looked so cool that we instantly went to our wardrobes, to check whether there was an old polo left… It might be just be THE thing to wear on the next party. Fashion formula 1: Red polo shirt + A-line skirt + biker boots = pretty rocker girl Fashion formula 2: Cropped polo shirt + leather skirt +plateau sandals = urbain sexy girl Fashion formula 3: Printed polo shirt + wide leg trousers + slippers = casual chic girl    
Woman Crush Wednesday: Denée Benton
21-06-2017 10:22:29
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Critics acclaim her as the uncontested star of musicals right now, and we just declared her our Woman of the week. Denée Benton is without a doubt this year’s revelation, and we love the idea of telling you her story, as this is the story of a girl with great willpower and a great dose of determination, two qualities which helped her attain her goals very quickly. Danton was born in Florida in 1992, and spent most of her life there. Her education, which progressed at the same time as her greatest passion, music, had a large impact on her career. She attended Carnegie Mellon University, and graduated there, with the highest score possible. It was during her stint at this university that she discovered cinema, and developed her passion for musicals. In an interview, she recently declared that the most influential feature she saw, the one that encouraged her to try her hand in the show business, was Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, with the unforgettable Whitney Houston. She didn’t have to wait for too long for the first roles to come, as we saw in her first musical, The Book of Mormon. 2016 was the true breakthrough year for her as an actress, though: first, she featured in the TV show Unreal, and right after that, she got a part in the musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, adapted from a few chapters of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Without a doubt, this was Benton’s most significant piece of work until now, not just professionally but also from the perspective of her private life. Her role, Natasha’s, was actually originally written for a white actress — the character is Russian — but director Rachel Chavkin, progressive woman and film director, fell utterly in love with Denée’s skills, and decided to pickier because of her talent, overlooking the matter of the character’s original skin color. Benton was nominated for a Tony Award as best actress in a musical for this performance. Finally, as young successful women often do, Denée is very fascinated by the fashion world. As we can see from her Instagram profile, the 25-year-old absolutely loves being photographed, wearing beautiful clothes, and appearing on the most prestigious red carpets. Hi Denée, welcome to the club of women we love!
The 7 most unusual sports you can practice this summer
20-06-2017 10:57:29
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Summer is finally here, we can finally say goodbye to our gym, and we can finally relax… Or not, actually: the summer months are the best for sports, they are the time when you can train outdoors, and get out of those walls! Beach volley, beach soccer and beach paddleball are favorites, but there are other, more unusual sports that will definitely be popular in summer 2017! Some of these activities require strength, others require balance, and others even require a small dose of courage. No excuses then, there is only one aim: stay fit, and have fun! Jumping Fitness Jumping on an outdoor trampoline? Yes please! This aerobic activity will make your entire body stronger, from your arms to your legs, and even more so if you adjust resistance, by using a few small weights. Slacklining Balance, anyone? If you are good with that, no worries, otherwise… Get ready to fall over a few times. This sport is all about an elastic line which is usually a little narrower than the soles of your feet, all you have to do is walk on it… Without falling, of course! Don’t be afraid, the line is usually not tied too high above the ground, so you won’t get hurt and there is no serious danger… You’ll thank us when you see your abs! Underwater hockey The tools you need for this sport are: a wooden bat, a puck, a mask, a pair of fins and a mouthpiece. You know classic hockey, right? This version is basically the same, only, everything happens in a pool, 13ft deep. You can just imagine how strong your arms will get! Accrobranche This is every kid’s dream, or at least the dream of any little daredevil: it’s all about climbing up trees. This odd sport is the brainchild of a French mountaineer, and over the past few years, accrobranche became a sport: it will be good for your muscles, and even more so for your sense of fun. Stand Up Paddle All you need is scenery with water: the sea, or a lake, or a river, why not? This sport also involves a lot of balance, and a bit of sense of direction: you will have to be able to stand on a surfboard, and paddle. The day after you practice, your arms and your thighs might hurt a little, and you will know that that means you did a good job. Sepak Takraw The slightly unpronounceable name of this sport comes from Southeast Asia, where this sport is very popular, and we think it will come here very soon, too. It works like volleyball, only, you don’t play with your hands but with your feet, with scissor kicks and bicycle kicks, using a ball of a much smaller size than the one you use in volleyball. If you are into aerobic sports, this is a good way to test yourself, but be mindful of how you fall after your shot. Kravfit Let’s move on to Israel with this one: Kravfit derives its name from Krav Maga, the combat style of the Israeli Defence Force, used to train Israeli soldiers. It is generally practiced outdoors, and it involves kicks, punches and elbow jabs, all with a good soundtrack in the background. This sport will tone your legs and buttocks, and it will also teach you a few self-defense moves.. Which never hurts, right?
Beauty Brand 2 Know: Davines
20-06-2017 09:57:00
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The Bollati family started producing cosmetics in 1983 in Parma, with lots of love. They always focused on quality, which, in their case, meant having the freedom to create the best products, with care and respect for the environment. After ten years of research and improvement, they now decided to launch their own brand. This is how Davines, a brand of professional cosmetics for hairdressers, was born. The line is inspired by all things that reflect simplicity and modernity, because their beauty is always modern. Davines’s idea is to create concepts and products that are destined to become classics of timeless charm. Davines doesn’t follow any trends, but in a perfect flow, it is always riding the waves of the latest trends. The company’s attention for environmental issues is unprecedented: they produce their formulas with locally sourced ingredients, in recyclable, sustainable packaging, and they use renewable energy sources during their production process. For Davines, there is only one final aim: better life standards for their staff, their partners and their customers. Isn’t it a mission to be fully embraced? Their essential haircare products are irresistible, in their transparent jars, filled with pastel colors. Being able to shop both online and at the salon is essential for us, and Davines managed to do that right, too! Have a look at the gallery to discover our favorites, and get some inspiration for your next visit at your hair stylist’s.  
How to make your makeup last longer in the heat
19-06-2017 14:46:35
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It’s so hot in Milan these days… We feel like we might be melting! In the Survival Olympics that summer life actually became in the city, here I am, with a beauty challenge: how to make your makeup last longer in hot weather. It’s that time of the year during which I would like to live an igloo, honestly. Temperatures are way higher than average, there is no breeze at all, and my carefully executed, much loved makeup needs extra care to even just survive the entire day. Don’t worry, I have no intention to keep the secret on how to do it to myself, I am going to share all I know, and everything I can do, to try to make my face look remotely intact on days on which temperatures rise over 80 degrees, and you might not even have aircon. My first tip could be summarized as “less is more”: the less makeup you use, the less worries you will have. Kiss your foundation goodbye, because it is clearly useless on days like this, it is actually your worst enemy, unless it is super light or it comes in a powder format, like the ones from bareMinerals. The second tip might seem trivial, but I swear it is not: make sure you take a lot of time to prepare your canvas, because it will be key to actually producing beautiful work. At this time of the year, it is essential to consider the state of your skin’s health, as this is the main element that will influence the condition of your makeup during the day. ALWAYS use a primer, and keep a moisturizing spray close by, to cool down your face every once in awhile during the day. This is one of my favorite rituals, and I even managed to convince a few of my coworkers to follow my lead. Refreshing spray can become a small joy during a hot day, and it will be good for your spirit as well as for your complexion! The third tip is to make sure you fix everything well, even if this requires a certain amount of patience. Alternatively, go for waterproof formulas that will not budge an inch in the heat. If you choose the first option, a matte finishing powder will be your best bet, but you might notice that it still might not be a bullet-proof option in this kind of heat. If you really don’t want to use powder, choose a face spray with a fixing effect, like Skindinavia’s or Urban Decay’s. If you choose waterproof formulas instead, find the one that works best for you: in my case, I feel like cream eyeshadows are a true godsend, because they don’t move an inch, and they don’t have that annoying tendency to accumulate in the creases of your eyelids, like powder ones do. I will leave you to your experiments now, for which I collected some suggestions in the gallery. Good luck on your survival Olympics… And may the best (wo)man win!
Man Crush Monday: Joe Alwyn
19-06-2017 11:33:51
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It had been awhile since we’d last heard of Taylor Swift: no upcoming albums, no featuring tracks, no new tours… And here she is again, back on all gossip sections, on every tabloid, thanks to her new fling, the handsome actor Joe Alwyn. Joe is our Man of the Week: born in London 26 years ago, his life story is not a tearjerker, and it wasn’t plagued by difficult teenage years — on the contrary. Alwyn was born in a wealthy family that gave him everything he needed, ever since he was a kid. Joe attended London’s most important schools, and then joined the National Youth Theatre, also known for launching the likes of Kate Winslet, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Ed Sheeran. The most important moment in his education was shortly after he graduated from Bristol University, when he joined the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, one of England’s most ancient and most widely recognized schools. After finishing his studies, Joe immediately started working in the film industry: his most important role to date was as the lead in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, a movie about the effects of war on the psyche of American soldiers, directed by Ang Lee. Considering his young age and his excellent training, the British actor recently declared in an interview that he is still waiting for the role that will really change his life, that will lead him to large-scale success. For now, he will just enjoy this pleasant period of his life, made even better by the presence of his new girlfriend. We are pretty sure that this young man’s training will bring him the great results he deserves in the future. Thank you Taylor, for letting us discover this young, talented man!
Island hopping in the Gulf of Naples: all the places to go in Capri, Ischia and Procida
16-06-2017 12:51:01
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Many times, at this time of the year especially, we will often hear our coworkers and friends say out loud: there will be nothing stopping me from going to Napoli and Capri for the weekend this year! Nothing wrong with that of course, but many seem to forget that, in addition to enchanting Capri, the Gulf of Naples also hosts two more little islands that are definitely worth a visit, namely, Ischia and Procida. You will need about 4 days to do the archipelago some justice, and visit the main sights without rushing. Grab your straw hat and your sunglasses, because your boat is leaving the port of Naples already! Capri, timeless elegance We already extensively covered Europe’s most glamorous island last year, with a post on the best places to visit there. Let us add a few places to the list this year. First of all — this is an insider tip — when you get there, make sure you have a walk to via Botteghe, where you will be able to buy local items, and you will enjoy truly amazing views, all with hardly any tourists in sight. After your stroll, go have lunch at Le Grottelle, a lovely restaurant located in caves in the cliffs: have your lunch al fresco on their beautiful panoramic terrace. A few meters from the restaurant, don’t miss the Grotta di Matromania, a cavern hosting Roman remains that are still in good condition, and whose structure is still rather intact. Finally, if you can, stay the night in Capri, and enjoy the most beautiful sunset you can imagine… But no sleeping in, because the ferry to Ischia leaves very early! Ischia, beaches and luxury thermal baths After only 30 minutes on a speedboat, you will get to Ischia, the island of wellness and natural beauty. Ischia is a favorite of Neapolitan locals, who often escape the city’s hustle and bustle in summer to make their way to this island, whose price range is definitely more affordable than those in Capri. This island in particular has a lot of history, and plenty of historical sites: make sure you visit the marvelous Aragonese Castle, which is basically on the seashore, and so beautiful it looks like it is straight out of a movie set; after that, make your way to Borgo di Sant’Angelo, a characteristic fishermen’s village where you can have a chat with locals, which will help you understand the area a little better. For lunch, visit Le Cantine Pietratorcia, near Forio, just a few steps away from the harbor: they offer fare from the land and from the sea, and make sure you don’t miss the local dish, coniglio all’ischitana (rabbit in the style of Ischia.) Now you will be ready to relax a little, and while you make your way through the magical landscapes of Barano, you will run into the Sorgente di Nitrodi, a thermal bath famous for the therapeutic properties of its waters. It is actually pretty easy to find quality hot springs in Ischia, but Barano is definitely a favorite of ours. Other notable places that deserve a visit: Monte Epomeo, Lacco Ameno, Casamicciola and Serrara Fontana, each location with a lot of individual character. In the evening, have dinner at Il Saturnino, where you will be enjoying fresh fish, caught on the same morning. And that is not all: Ischia is also the island of good wine, so make sure you have some of that with your dinner, choosing from white wine, like Biancolella, or the red Pere ‘e Palumno, both typical local wines. The following day, before you leave for Procida, enjoy Ischia’s amazing beaches: among our favorites are Maronti beach, in the bay of Barano, and the wonderful beach of Citara. Procida, untouched nature and exclusive locations Procida is most definitely the lesser known island in the Gulf of Naples, which is also why it is the most exclusive. The things that will strike you most when you arrive will be the untouched nature you see, and the numerous fishermen villages that dot the coast. But let’s get on to sharing our selection of places to go: visit Marina di Chiaiolella and make a stop in Punta Pizzaco, whose crystal-clear waters are awaiting you for a dive. Once you dried your skin in the sun, it will be time to explore the mainland, and discover the city center. Start from the Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo, and stop by at the Belvedere dei Cannoni, from which you will be able to admire the location portrayed in the 1994 Oscar-nominated feature film Il Postino, set in Procida. Can you remember it? Move on to La Conchiglia to enjoy an unforgettable lunch on the beach: this place can be reached from the seashore, or by walking down the 182 stairs that lead you down to the bay in which the restaurant is located. And since Procida also hosts some of the most prosperous lemon groves in the region, also taste the island’s best granita at La Graziella‘s legendary stall. If you don’t know Procida it might be hard to understand, but once you discover it, you will never want granita from anywhere else!
Shop the style: Veruschka
16-06-2017 12:46:18
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There’s been a lot of talk recently about the fact that beauty has no age — but have you ever heard about how there is also no age limit to being cool? We totally agree on that, and after seeing the Resort by Acne Studios collection, and their testimonial Veruschka, former model and actress in the 1960s and 1970s, there was really no doubt at all. Think about it, not only is Veruschka possibly the coolest 78-year-old around right now, with her leather pants, denim crop jackets, oversize sweatshirts and colored tights, but do you remember her past? It is really worth a quick flashback! Countess Vera von Lehndorff, a.k.a. Veruschka, survived Nazi concentration camps with her family, and studied in Hamburg. She moved to Florence at the age of 20, and became the top model of her time: Paris, London and New York City were only some of the locations in which Veruschka drove photographers and fashion magazines crazy, with her long, long legs and her mysterious, glamorous style: can you remember that iconic scene in Blow Up (1966), in which Veruschka is lying on the floor, being photographed in a black mini dress? Well… That is what we meant! Some say she changed the fashion world with her beauty and her style, what do you think? If she is your fashion icon, too, here are some looks inspired by the most iconic photos of hers of all time. Veruschka style: we love the cropped jacket + mini skirt combo; and don’t forget the gladiator sandals… who could wear it better than her? Veruschka style: Sparkling A.F! And don’t bother to wear shoes… should we say something else? Veruschka style: the space age is an evergreen trend! Veruschka style: animal print was a must on her carrier as a model. How do you feel about wearing a maxi dress +  chain belt + high heel sandals? She looked gorgeous!      
Sunscreen tips for sunscreen haters
15-06-2017 17:19:27
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At the good old age of 27, I can still hear my mother’s voice, ordering me to put on sunscreen before I step into the sunshine. I have to say I was pretty lucky compared to some of my friends: forgetting it often implied second degree burns in different parts of my body, some of which I didn’t even notice. It might be my personal history, it might be that protecting your skin is just very very important, but I am really proud to be a champion of sunscreen. It doesn’t matter to me if I end up bickering with my friends, when I tell them that no, wearing SPF 50 won’t stop them from tanning… And that wearing no sunscreen is not an option! That said, it is certainly no fun to apply sunscreen with the kind of mineral screen that makes it as thick as a layer of Nutella, and as fluid as calcimine, so I started working on what I thought was mission impossible, that actually turned out to be very possible: finding sunscreen that even those who hate sunscreen are going to wear. Did you know that Glossier’s new sunblock was designed exactly with this in mind? It’s transparent, it gets absorbed quickly, it isn’t sticky and it leaves no trace. Eureka! Spray is another very convenient solution I like, and after so many body sprays, now I also found face sprays, like Lancaster’s Sun Sport range: it is wonderful for the sensation of freshness you immediately feel when applying it, but most of all it is also amazing because you can apply it again also after you did your makeup, without ruining your makeup masterpiece – which must have been work in the summer heat. Last but not least, if you hate sunscreen, try waterproof formulas. The reason why I suggest this is pretty simple: you can cheat, and wait longer between applications, since diving into pool water or swimming in the sea will not change the protection factor. Even LUSH released sunscreen this year – theirs can be applied in the shower, and it protects your skin thanks to calamine and three wide spectrum filters. All you need to do to apply it is put it onto your wet skin, rinse it, and pat dry. One last tip: choose a product whose perfume you can’t resist, like Coola‘s ones – the coconut one is so yummy! It might seem trivial, but you will actually find yourself reapplying the product more often, just for the pleasure to smell the fragrance. If I still didn’t manage to convince you, I give up, but before I really throw in the towel, you must at least try every tip I gave. Promise? Ok, I will make it even easier by including all the products you should try in the gallery. Wear your sunscreen, please!
48 hours in Lugano: an original, young guide to the city
15-06-2017 16:09:43
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We wanted to start by smashing stereotypes about Swiss people, but that didn’t work. The train that took us from Milan to Lugano was incredibly punctual! It’s okay, though, we still managed to work on debunking all the myths you might have about this town in Ticino, one of Switzerland’s Italian-speaking cantons. We were invited to explore the town by Lugano Turismo, who hosted us for 48 hours, treating us to culture, amazing views, excellent food and nightlife. So, here is a mini-guide, for experiencing Lugano on a small budget for young people! DAY 1 Try to take the train early in the morning, so you get to have the whole day ahead, because there is actually a lot to do in Lugano. The first thing we suggest is a visit to LAC, Lugano Arte e Cultura, a multi-purpose space that includes a museum, a theatre and an exhibition center. A truly multifaceted place! Their exhibitions are gaining in popularity every year, but what struck us most was the theatre hosted there: a new concert hall that hosts 1000 seats, entirely decorated in wood, and equipped with a modular, removable acoustic shell — a true treasure in which you can enjoy your favorite concert. After getting your fix of culture, it is time to take care of your stomach, because you will probably be hungry by now: our tip is to go eat in one of the tallest, most panoramic terraces in the area, in the restaurant in THE VIEW hotel, which was also our accommodation, in the Paradiso area. This restaurant opened just a short while ago, but it is already winning the hearts of both local and tourists, with its revisited Mediterranean fare. Our tip on what to order: orecchiette with seasonal vegetables, and salmon on cous cous. Great food + lake views = never ending enjoyment! After lunch, it is time for some outdoor fun: did you know that you can practice a lot of different sports on the Lake of Lugano? Canoeing, kayaking, and Stand Up Paddle, too! We tried SUP: if you don’t know, it is all about managing to stand on a surfboard, with the aid of just one oar. If you can do this well, make your way to the center of the lake… You will see amazing scenery from there. The evening is coming: enjoy a good shower and then a dinner in a grotto, a typical Italian-Swiss place, hosted in a stone structure and surrounded by greenery, rigorously offering traditional local food. We definitely recommend the Grotto Cavicc in Montagnola: the place is really appealing, furnished with wooden tables and small string lights framing everything. Definitely have a meat dish, like spare ribs, for instance: this is not a tip, it’s an order! After dinner, if you still have some energy, have a walk on the lake promenade. It is very lively on summer evenings, and young people invade the streets to go out for a drink. Thursday night is when the weekend really starts in Lugano: Mojito, a small bar in the city center, is the place to be, and it is located on a great spot on the lake. Can you think of anything better than a cocktail to wrap up such an intense day? DAY 2 Even if your alarm goes off early, opening the blinds of your room on to a beautiful, blue lake, with clear, sunny air and mountains framing an already perfect picture, you will still feel like leaving the house as soon as possible. Before you leave, though, enjoy a good breakfast, and remember that you just can’t leave the city without testing THE VIEW’s hotel SPA. Imagine, it is one of the best organized, largest SPAs in town. Let their qualified staff take care of you, get an incredible massage, and enjoy their covered rooftop pool! After this well-deserved moment of relaxation, go to Via Pessina, in the city center, and sit in the  Grand Café al Porto, one of the canton’s most iconic cafés. Not only is their staff exceptionally nice — the lady at the bar is adorable, and their chocolate cakes are the bomb! This is the best breakfast you can have, trust us! To walk off the cake you just had, have a stroll in the alleys of the city center. You will run into the Mauri Concept, at one point, which is definitely a place to go in Lugano: you will find everything here, from design objects to hairdressers, from beauticians to restaurants. A beautiful, modern surprise! Time flies, and it is already time for lunch! Since you might still be feeling guilty about that cake you had for breakfast, we suggest a light, takeaway lunch. Yes, that’s right: you can also have a picnic in Lugano, you don’t have to necessarily spend a ton of money at a restaurant. So, make your way to Natural Food, a small shop that sells mostly vegan products that respect the environment and its inhabitants, using mostly locally sourced products and no animal based products. You will find small pizzas, piadina, cold pasta salads and vegan sushi: choose what you like in their shop window, and let them prepare a small lunch box to take to the park for you. Parco Ciani is the best choice for your picnic, as it is just a few steps away from Natural Food, and it is beautiful, too. Sit on one of the many benches, or on the lawn if you are more comfortable, why not? It’s quick, it’s delicious, and it’s outdoors! Now that your tummy is happy, we would like to suggest a new place that has already grabbed local attention, as well as tourists with sensitive taste buds: we are talking about Forziere del Vino, hosted in one of Switzerland’s most beautiful hotels, the Splendide Royal. The ambience at the Forziere is effortlessly chic, it hosts and exhibits over 400 selected wines from all over the world, among which some excellent local Ticino wines. If you are in a group, you can try their Blind Tasting, and have a competition among friends: see who recognizes most wines among you! Speaking of alcoholic beverages, you should also have one last apéritif before you leave. Go back to the small square where LAC is, this time not to enjoy an exhibition but to taste some of the area’s best cocktails at the Lac Café by Gabbani, the trendiest place for an aperitif in summer. Now the saddest time of all has come, as it is time to leave. We made our way home from Lugano with a lot of positive energy, and the new knowledge that, despite the city being rich and elegant, there is also space for young people to have fun and enjoy themselves without spending a fortune.  
Asymmetry is the new classic
14-06-2017 18:25:24
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When it comes to fashion, we have seen a lot of trends, and a lot of them have been en vogue before, over and over again. Thanks to the creativity of designers, though, we never got bored of them so far, and our longing for fresh inspiration for our otherwise well-worn wardrobe is rarely disappointed. New unexpected twists and innovative takes surprise us every season, and they especially do so this Spring Summer 2017! And we’re not only talking about brand-new creations that never hit the runways before: we are talking about trends that do not change our habits at all, but that still revamp our look. Classic garments are especially worth being watched every season, as no fashion piece will be reinvented in so many new ways over and over again. Over the last few seasons, we spotted button-up shirts and tops being cut, twisted, charged with ruffles or punched with holes in totally unexpected places. Necklines and shirt sleeves were removed or shifted, and at the same time, volume was added in the form of long trails, opulent knots or volants. In a nutshell, shirts — and skirts, too by the way — that were otherwise classic were totally deconstructed, ending up being nothing but asymmetrical. And guess what: we love it! This innovative take on classics is just what we need to refresh our wardrobe without any effort, since the new versions of these classics can be styled just as easily as their original version: with our favorite pair of jeans, with a suit, with shorts and basically with everything else you can find in your closet. So take a chance and go for the unexpected, dare to wear a one-sleeve, or a one-strap top. There is nothing as stimulating right now in fashion than to look great seen from one side, and even better when seen from the other.          
Woman Crush Wednesday: Kaya Scodelario
14-06-2017 10:21:09
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When we saw she is 25 years old, we thought we found a mistake in Wikipedia: how can a girl this young have such an exceptional career? Her name is Kaya Scodelario, she is our WCW of the week, and she is the talk of town right now, after she was chosen as the female lead in the new episode of the Pirates of the Caribbean saga: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Kaya was born in London in 1992, and the cultural mix in her blood is one of her strong points: her father is English, while her mother is Italian-Brazilian. She spent an occasionally challenging childhood in the suburbs of London — after her parents divorced, Kaya went through one of the roughest patches of her life. Due to her dyslexia, whose side effects permeated all of her childhood, she was often bullied and isolated by her classmates, and this brought her to withdrawing into herself. This high barrier between her and the world brought a lot of solitude into Scodelario’s life, and enrolling into her first acting class was her way to try to smash that wall. It was during this time of rebirth that she got the chance of a lifetime, joining the cast of the TV show Skins, at only 14. As could be easily predicted, this experience was essential for the young British actor’s career, since a lot of directors asked to work with her after that experience: just to name a few, she featured in Clash of Titans, The Truth About Emanuel, with Jessica Biel, in Maze Runner (which was so successful that there is a sequel in the workings, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, in theaters in 2018) and, as we mentioned previously, she was in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, as Carina Smyth. So, do you agree with us? Doesn’t she have an incredible career, with so many high-profile roles under her belt at only 25? She is a rising star in cinema, but looking at her Instagram profile, we found out that Kaya also seems to be passionate for fashion. In addition to being featured in a string of editorials on the most important magazines in the world, Scodelario likes to dress well, and she loves being photographed on the red carpet, wearing dream gowns. Briefly speaking of Kaya’s personal life, we found out that that’s also going really well: she got married in December 2015 with American actor Benjamin Walker, and they had their first child shortly after that, in 2016. She is a wife, a mother, and a major actor… Well done, Kaya!
Discovering the real Guatemala with Valentina
13-06-2017 17:30:21
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The first thing I learned about Guatemala was a piece of economic data that changed my entire perspective on things. 98% of the Guatemalan population lives in extreme poverty, and a majority of school-age kids has no access to education — young girls especially, as they are mostly trained to be good wives and daughters, and they usually marry at about the age of 13. The remaining 2% of the population is extremely rich, and among this 2%, there are also people who try to help others with charity and fundraising projects, by raising awareness and attracting the world’s attention, in order to change things. Francesca and Alessa are among those who are trying to help, the founders of IX Style and Alessa Design respectively, two Guatemalan fashion brands that often join forces to organize events and charity projects. They were the ones who introduced me to the country’s actual reality, helping me understand what the main issues are, and what is currently being done to help people get out of this situation. We got to Antigua after a trip that felt very long, and right when we set foot in our accommodation, we were left completely awestruck by Guatemala’s beautiful nature. Our 100% green home, solely built with recycled material, among which old containers, and entirely powered by sustainable energy, was surrounded by the forest, and located in the middle of a valley of active volcanoes, which erupt every day. Imagine, I could see this beautiful natural performance every morning, from my bed! We spent the first day exploring Antigua, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The town is a little crumbling and very colorful, and it features lots of shops that sell local fabrics: I bought one of their beautiful, colorful cotton pillows and I also got the chance to hone my weaving skills, trying to use one of the manual looms that local artisans use to produce their fabrics. It takes a lot of precision and manual skill, it’s all about pulling the right thread at the right time! I also tried spinning yarn around a spindle, which is actually surprisingly hard, and can also hurt, because the yarn heats up in the process! What struck me the most is that some of the tools we used were self-built, using recovered pieces from other objects, such as a bicycle, because local artisans cannot afford to buy ready-made tools, or buy replacement parts when anything breaks. This was also day one from the food perspective for me: I ate insects for the first time in my life… And I liked them, too! READ MORE AFTER THE GALLERY On the second day, we made our way to Lake Atitlan, one of the most beautiful lakes in Guatemala, which is actually experiencing an environmental crisis. The inhabitants throw all sorts of waste into the lake, and experts predict that it will become unsuitable for swimming over the next 3 years… Which would be a shame! The government is trying to help the population see their lake as a resource that they should protect, but there isn’t a culture of environmentalism yet, and the government’s efforts have not brought any results yet. Education is an issue in Guatemala: children from poorer families only go to school as long as the families can afford it, and girls usually don’t attend school beyond year 3 elementary. In Panajachel we found a school that was started to try to counter this phenomenon, to welcome pupils who perform well, and try to support them, allowing them to go on to higher grades, and possibly move on to studying abroad. In the beginning, this initiative was not very warmly welcomed by families, as they were not able to see any immediate benefits, a good reason or any advantages in offering an education to their kids: slowly, though, things are changing, thanks to the children’s enthusiasm for learning. The students who attend the school in Panajachel often share their knowledge at home, helping their friends and younger siblings, which is why the school is actually managing to have a wider impact, beyond its walls. This was a very intense experience for me, as it made me realize that what we take for granted, what we sometimes even reject, like going to school, on those days we feel like skipping classes because we are so lazy, is actually a dream for others. Some of the school kids told us their stories, and I was really struck by these young people’s strength and character: I will never forget about the young 11-year-old girl who told me of how she worked on her own in the city for three years, to raise the money she needed to study, and become a doctor, one day. Next year, she will move to the US to follow her dreams, and I am sure she will accomplish everything she has in mind. On the last day, we visited another small town, Santa Caterina Palopo, where a not-for-profit organization is trying to create something unique, to attract tourism and place the area on the tourist radar, helping the local population and the environment in the process. Here is a group of people that invites artists from all over the world, to paint the homes with beautiful, bold colors and traditional designs, to turn the town into a place you cannot miss. We had a chance to contribute, too: we were given an apron, natural paint and brushes, and we were invited to leave our trace in one of the streets, painting a heart over the Guatemalan flag: it was our way to leave a small part of us here, and our thoughts with these people who fight each and every day, to change their fate, and that of their people.
How to choose the right color to dress like your emotions
13-06-2017 14:55:06
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We are all used to dress accordingly to certain occasions. Job interview? We grab our blazer. Romantic dinner? We slip into our little black dress. Holidays on the French Riviera? We would never leave without our white linen shorts. But have you ever tried to dress like you actually feel? To dress like your emotions? Well girls, it’s all about colors. How to dress like hope: GREEN Get the green light. Love is evergreen. It’s not easy being green, like Kermit said. Green, Pantone color 2017. Well, doesn’t it look like green is everywhere? It’s already in our language, in our environment, in our smoothies, so it is high time to have more of it in our outfits, too! Especially since it is considered to be the color of harmony, freshness and hope. Three good reasons to go green, from head to toe!   How to dress like passion: RED Red is not only a signal color for bulls. We all react to it, and we do it just as fiercely as bulls, and that is no wonder, since red triggers something deep inside us all: love, passion and courage!  So, in case you have a day coming up that makes you feel like this, look at how terrific you can look when you are entirely dressed in the color of passion. How to dress like serenity: BLUE Sometimes, we just feel like we have to dive into the blue… Literally! It is an amazing feeling which we should always follow, because blue does not only look royally good, it also stands for tranquility, faith and serenity. Blue instantly calms you down and makes you feel focused, and on top of that it always gives your look a touch of elegance. How serene, girl  
Beauty Brand 2 Know: Escentric Molecules
13-06-2017 10:49:13
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Geza Schoen is said to be a rebel in the world of fragrances, but transgression was exactly what allowed him to create something unique. From Germany to Paris and London, and then back to his country, in Berlin, this perfumer kept on experimenting, until he found the perfect formula to highlight the skin’s fragrance. His line, Escentric Molecules, was born out of a lab-created aromatic molecule that does not exist in nature, Iso E Super®. In addition to this, Schoen uses other molecules that are already known, such as Ambroxan, Vetiveryl acetate and Javanol. These molecules are fundamental for each fragrance; each can be central to each perfume individually, or can also be associated to other molecules, to create a more elaborate bouquet. Each creation has a double soul, that gets named Escentric 01, 01, 03 or 04, when in a composition as an aromatic formula, and Molecule when it is solely made of the pure molecules in isolation: 01 for pure Iso E Super, 02 with Ambroxan, 03 with Vetyveril acetate and 04 with Javanol. These are fresh formulas, with a single molecule that will exalt the skin’s natural fragrance when it touches it. Four pairs: a unique one to start with, a sensual second one, a third exotic one, and a fourth, with an elegant, psychedelic character. Perfumes that aren’t really perfumes, that can be worn by men and women equally; molecule – essences that can be smelled intermittently by those who wear them, without being invasive, yet leaving a mark. The fact that this line is entirely unconventional. We really love that it enhances the individuality and purity of essence. It’s unusual in the way it exalts the encounter between art and science, between nature and chemistry, in an original and mysterious mix, as the world of fragrances always does — and we let these iconic, charming fragrances totally enchant us.
How to dress for your graduation day
12-06-2017 16:09:43
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Closing a cycle in life, and starting a new one, can always be a very moving moment, and we all agree that even though days like this are crucial to our lives, they can also be utterly stressful. If we stop and think about the most stressful times during the first 30 years of our lives, graduation probably makes the top 5: after years of study, laughter, tears and friendship, when the big day finally comes, there is one thing that might seem trivial, among the many factors we need to consider for that day, but that is actually essential, and that is our outfit for graduation day. You will have to look elegant and classic, you will have to look professional, but most of all, you will have to feel comfortable… The wrong outfit could quickly turn into torture! There are no rules on what to wear, the key is to think about what makes you feel good and self-assured. So, is the big day coming up? If that is the case, have a look in the gallery for some ideas on how to dress for graduation day. We thought of those who love pants, of anyone who wouldn’t be caught in anything other than a dress, and of those of you who think a skirt is the best outfit in which to tackle an important moment. P.S. Some colors can be helpful for a day like graduation day: red, for instance, brings great positive energy… So you definitely shouldn’t leave your red clothes at home, right? If you prefer classics don’t forget the details, as a perfect pair of fuchsia pumps and a waist belt over your shirt Forget cute and femminine dresses; go for the ones who makes you look professional and classy Our favorite is the coordinate skirt suit: avoid mini mini skirts and just in case, wear a long blazer jacket to look more professional
How to get your hair ready for summer
12-06-2017 15:38:08
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Summer is the time of the year we all expect – yes, even those who pretend that they prefer winter. Honestly, you can’t fool us, we really can’t believe anyone prefers the cold over summer heat. Sure, summer implies a very strict beauty routine, especially in the time that leads up to it, which is usually when we all start restoration work that makes the Sistine Chapel renovation look simple and uncomplicated in comparison. Waxing, scrubbing, self-tanning… There is something for everyone! What is most important, though, is that you don’t forget to take care of your hair, and we don’t just mean with a new hairstyle, or by touching up color, we are talking about getting your hair ready to survive the attacks of sunshine, salt water, and pool water! The keyword to understanding everything here is hydration: that is what your hair will feel is missing, when the good weather comes and the temperatures go up. It is not hard at all to take care of this, and it can be done starting with daily routine. It is very important to choose a conditioner that can make your hair strong and keep it well-hydrated, all the way to the ends: Pantene with Smart Pro-V will do just that, with its ability to identify the weak spots in every lock, and restore your hair’s original shine in an instant. If you feel like your hair needs shock treatment, no problem! All you need to do is choose a mask from your favorite line, and let it sit for about 20 minutes, letting your locks absorb your mask’s hydrating and reenergizing properties as much as possible. Yes, yes, we know you think you don’t have time, but with Pantene’s Wonder Ampoules you will really have no excuses. 2 minutes will be enough to let your hair find its shine again, and set a new record, or to be precise, reach your #hairgoals. Now that we took care of your mane’s health, it is time to share some hairstyle inspiration. We collected our favorite hairstyles for summer, they’re all yours to test. Pick your favorite, and let us know which one it is in the comments!
Man Crush Monday: Daniel Kaluuya
12-06-2017 10:37:19
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If you feel like you’ve already seen our Man of the week before, it is no mistake: his name is Daniel Kaluuya, and he plays the main character in Get Out, a movie that was just released a few months ago. 28 years old, with expressive features and big eyes, a warm smile and a lot of talent, this British actor of Ugandan heritage already made several appearances in a lot of movies and TV shows, such as Shoot the Messenger, Black Mirror, Skins, Kick Ass 2, Chatroom, Silent Witness, Planet of the Dead, Psychoville and Johnny English Reborn. What to say? The man definitely has talent, and he is also bold enough to speak out against anyone who judges the color of his skin, since the release of Get Out was accompanied by a lot of criticism and racism. Among others, American actor and produces Samuel L. Jackson was also critical of the choice of a British black actor for a film set in the US, stating that Daniel will never be able to understand what an Afro-American truly feels in a society in which the middle class masks racism with a bleeding heart, liberal attitude. Daniel decided to respond to these accusations by saying that he is tired of having to fight with those who find him too black first, and then with those who don’t find him black enough. It is a pretty scary thought to think of racism among the very same people who should be fighting prejudice together. Despite that, this actor is just carrying on doing his thing, and his career will not be stopped by prejudice. We are expecting him on screen next year with Black Panthers: all the spotlights, as well as all eyes, will be on him, so all that is left to do is to wish him good luck!
7 wonderful places you will never get to visit
9-06-2017 15:29:21
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We know you are like us: the kind of chronic traveler who notes down the name of a beautiful place the moment they find out about it, hoping to go there at one point in the future. This time around, you won’t be able to go, ever, though. Keep the urge to discover the world at bay this time around, because the locations we are about to discuss are all off limits! Yes, you got that: the places you will see in this gallery here are all really beautiful, but you will never be allowed to visit any of them… So, enjoy the photos in the gallery, because it’s the only way to admire these 7 amazing places! Lascaux cave Southeastern France hides an invaluable treasure: the Lascaux caves, dating from the Paleolithic era, were closed to the public a few years ago, when the authorities realized that contact with the outside world was gravely damaging the cave paintings. Snake Island This wonderful island is densely inhabited by poisonous snakes, so it is impossible to visit! These snakes are currently the only inhabitants of Queimada Grande… And they have no intention to abandon their home!   Svalbard Global Seed Vault The Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard hosts a very important and unique global depot of seeds, one of the most well-protected, safe and strongest seed reserves worldwide. It includes 250 million seed species from all over the world to use in case of necessity, and of course, access is only restricted to researchers.   Pripyat, the ghost town Ukraine hosts a ghost town where nobody lives, and from which everyone steers clear. The reason for this is the fear caused by the event that shocked all of Ukraine and most of Europe in 1986, namely, the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The city was evacuated and stayed deserted since then, and the buildings and land around it are said to be dangerously contaminated to this day. The Vatican secret archive The world’s most important church hosts a secret archive that nobody can access. The archive is made of about 50,000 shelves; the only people who are allowed to consult the documents here are researchers with degrees in certain topics, and only upon written approval. Access is restricted only to documents dating from before February 1939. Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang There is a location in China that is considered to be entirely off limits by all inhabitants, and that is the first emperor’s tomb: Qin Shi Huang was the same emperor who ordered the construction of the Great Wall. The tomb is enormous and hosts the famous terracotta army, guarding the emperor’s resting place. Access was also restricted here to avoid damage.   Surtsey Island In 1960, all of a sudden, a portion of land surfaced from the waters to form a small island. Surtsey is a volcanic island, and it is considered one of the world’s most untouched natural environments. Only a few researchers, among which vulcanologists, botanists and biologists, were ever granted permission to visit.
Designer to know: Alessandra Rich
9-06-2017 11:17:38
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Alessandra Rich, an Italian designer based in London, has a story to tell: after growing tired of her routine-filled days as a real estate agent, she decided to reinvent long dresses, and the way they should be worn. This is how she started her career as a designer in 2010, becoming the queen of lace, and creating her very own niche in the fashion world, positioning herself among the coolest brands right now. Her collections are mainly characterized by long gowns, lace, volants and other details that look irresistible to the feminine eye. Every new season, Alessandra stays true to the silhouette that represents her, developing new clothing items, such as coats, skirts, tops and accessories made of precious fabrics and materials, all in excellent quality. If you are looking to be original and you seek clothing with a strong identity when choosing your looks, this is the right brand for you, because Alessandra Rich doesn’t follow the trends or brands of the moment: she imagines a certain kind of woman, and tells this woman’s story through her creations. Every single one of her dresses is filled with romanticism, femininity and delicacy… They are all true works of art! We wouldn’t be able to choose our favorite season, because her every single look book sends us straight into a daydream…. What we can tell you, though, is that over the more recent seasons, the brand became cooler and cooler, without losing its typical, more characteristic traits. If you haven’t yet had a look at her Fall Winter 2017-2018 collection, go and do so: you will realize the force of her message, and you will want to own every single item you see.
If you want to follow makeup trends in Summer 2017, you’ll need a black eyeliner pencil
9-06-2017 10:56:03
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If you were in high school during the year 2000s, what you are going to read will definitely ring a bell. It’s about the most en vogue makeup look ever, which is making a powerful comeback on the Spring Summer 2017 catwalks. The good news is, it’s one of the easiest makeup trends to replicate, and it looks good on everyone. The first thing you need to do is to get a black eyeliner pencil, possibly a soft kohl one. Good, after you did that, just trace the contour of your eye, especially focusing on the lower rim, and make sure you color the waterline too – also make sure you don’t lose your eyesight in the process. If you are pretty skilled with makeup, you can also try to color the upper eye rim, only on the inside, proceeding to do what professionals call “tightlining“: this technique allows you to fill the lashes at the root, simulating a very thin and very natural-looking eyeliner line. This was the look chosen by Rebecca Minkoff and 3.1 Philip Lim, and it is perfect for going for drinks straight from the office, without having to change your look. If you are feeling bolder, you can also intensify your makeup by choosing to trace a thicker line, like at the the Giorgio Armani and Baja East shows, or by adding a touch of color in the lower part of the eye, as we were shown by Olympia Le Tan and Arthur Arbesser. This trend is so easy to copy that there are no excuses… Grab a pencil, and get to work!
Travel guide for 48h in Seville: what to do, what to see, where to eat!
8-06-2017 17:08:08
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Have you ever stumbled upon marvelous photos on your social networks that show entire walls covered in colorful ceramic tiles? We did, and that always made us want to hop on to the first flight to Seville, because that is where you will find those amazing walls. Seville is also the soul of Arab domination in Spain, and one of the Iberian peninsula’s most important ports. It is the provincial capital of Andalusia and one of the country’s most visited locations, among other things because it is very popular with young people, packed with sights, and cute places to dine in. Martina, one of our co-workers, spent last weekend there, and she was understandably bewitched by the marvels you see at every street corner. So, pay attention to the tips in our guide, organize the best trip you can have, and spend 48 amazing hours in Seville! WHERE AND WHAT TO EAT El Rinconcillo (Calle Gerona 40) Are you ready to eat in one of Seville’s, and Spain’s, most ancient restaurants? We won’t take no for an answer! This little restaurant, founded in 1870, offers authentic local Seville fare, which includes dishes from the sea — such as their amazing spaghetti with tellina — and from the land, with amazing cutting boards of typical, local cold cuts. There is one thing we definitely recommend: don’t leave the restaurant without tasting Pata Negra, one of the most famous and prestigious types of jamón ibérico! El Lobo Lopez (Calle Rosario 15) No need to beat around the bush: what will strike you most when you walk in will be the furniture, the colorful floors, and the artistically unpolished walls. But there are other things that really matter, for instance, what will you eat there. The menu here is rather international, and it includes anything from sandwiches to fried chicken, as well as more elaborate avocado dishes, and revisited salads. Excellent value for money! El Pintón (Calle Francos, 42) Let’s imagine that you decide to visit Seville during the summer: be aware that if that’s what you do, dining al fresco will be basically compulsory. This restaurant is just what you need, with a very cute courtyard. Needless to say, it’s also a triumph of ceramic tiles all over the walls, matched by rather minimalist furniture. If you’re feeling peckish, you will enjoy light, seasonal meals here. La terrazza dell’EME Catedral Hotel (Calle alemanes 27) Having apéritif on a nice terrace is one of our things, we admit it, especially if said terrace has a view on a large portion of Seville’s city center. This is the ideal location for a sundowner, because the view is truly incredible. WHAT TO VISIT Real Alcázar de Sevilla This palace is absolutely worth the visit. It is a royal residence that was built around 1300, and which was, over the course of history, dominated by Arab muslims, Spaniards and it even shows few influences from the Italian Renaissance. This mix of connections was good for this structure, which got enriched more and more over time. The palace features numerous green areas and courtyards all over the place, good spots to relax and, why not, snap a few pictures, too. The Cathedral and the Giralda tower You’re not seriously thinking of skipping one of the world’s most famous churches, right? No, that is impossible. In this case, once again, several different influences from different countries made this Cathedral truly unique. The Giralda tower is on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and it is a symbolic monument for the whole country. Metropol Parasol This modern structure, designed by German architect Jürgen Mayer, and only completed in 2011, made Andalusia very proud. It’s a wooden structure, placed in the most ancient part of town, and built on 3 levels: on the ground floor, you will find a museum featuring Roman ruins, while on the higher levels, among other things, you will find a restaurant. COSA FARE Watch a flamenco show Seville is truly full of surprises. Did you know that it is the city of flamenco, par excellence? We only recently found out, and we also discovered that one thing that is typical in the city is watching a flamenco show — called a tablao, in Seville — right before dinner. There are tons of places to watch flamenco, but we recommend going to El Gallo or to El Arenal. Have fun, olé! Tapas tour When you explore the city the whole day, you will definitely feel peckish at one point, but it will probably also be too early for dinner. So, here is what you can do: go to the districts of Triana or Santa Cruz, and try their typical tapas, every place has its own specialty. That way, on top of satiating your hunger, you will also discover some of the city’s typical dishes! Boat ride around Plaza España Plaza España is Seville’s most important square, and in our opinion, one of Spain’s most beautiful. Incredible colors, wide open spaces and a canal that crosses the square, with four bridges running across it.You can also go for a boat ride on this canal: get a little rowing boat, for the most traditional and romantic choice.
Have an orange blossom-scented summer, thanks to neroli oil
8-06-2017 13:08:48
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If you go to a perfume store, and ask the salesperson for help in finding a suitable fragrance for summer, it is very likely that you will be shown a perfume which contains neroli as one of its main notes. What hides behind this rather mysterious name is actually rather simple, and that is, the flowers of bitter oranges. This note is obtained from the fresh flowers, using steam extraction: this very delicate method is called enfleurage, and it also often used to extract the fragrant compounds of jasmine (remember the sequence in Perfume, Story of a Murderer? That is exactly how it works). When turned into an essential oil, neroli becomes sweet and honeyed, with a metallic, spicier side to it. Neroli is also used in aromatherapy, it is said to be helpful against stress, and to be excellent in bringing you joy and tranquility, should you be going through a rough patch. If you want to experiment with neroli’s curative properties, try diluting 3 small drops of neroli essential oil into a spoonful of almond oil, and use it for a massage that can take care of muscular pain, menstrual cramps, and stomach pain. As an alternative, you can also apply it on your breastbone to ease stress, fears and emotional distress. It really seems to work wonders.   Neroli oil’s regenerating properties are also very much appreciated in natural cosmetology, as well as in perfumery: if neroli is used, on the one hand, as fragrance for creams, on the other hand, neroli oil is excellent for cellular regeneration. It is also helpful for sensitive, irritation-prone skin, it is very much advised for treating dry and extremely dry skin, as well as aging skin, and to help get rid of scars. It can be added to precious, honey-based face masks, too. Among other properties, essential neroli oil has mild calming, hypnotic properties, and it is also antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic, it stimulates digestion and it purifies your skin, it stimulates your immune system, and it is also an aphrodisiac. It really is useful for pretty much anything! In our gallery, you will find our favorite products that contain this amazing ingredient, so you can have fun experimenting with some of the new, rigorously orange blossom-scented products.
Taking care of your skin without applying any products: go go gadget!
7-06-2017 15:40:44
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Once upon a time, thanks to Sleeping Beauty, we discovered that a pillow might stop you from aging. Did you think that was all, in the magic department? Sorry, you were wrong: you can take care of your skin without applying any products, as is the case with Beauty Bear. This is in no way related to magic, though, it is actually about science, pure and simple. To clarify what we are talking about, let’s start with an easy comparison. Imagine you have to get your body back into shape before summer, and be realistic when you do: you can’t seriously believe that hanging out on the couch, applying creams on your body while watching yet another episode on Netflix can work any wonders, right?!? Well, here is the good news: there is such a thing as exercise for your face. It is possible to get – or keep – the skin of your face “in shape” thanks to specific product-free treatments and massages you can do with specific tools. Some gadgets were released recently that promise to revolutionize pretty much anybody’s beauty routine, provided that you have some patience, that you follow the instructions, and that you take a few extra minutes of your time every day, and devote them to your beauty. Some of these tools – like jade rollers, or Nurse Jamie’s massage roller, apparently a celebrity favorite, used and loved by Shay Mitchell, Jessica Alba and Ruby Rose, to name a few – work mechanically; others work on a deeper level, aided by LED technology. LED technology is definitely gaining in popularity in the world of beauty, with three lights being used for three different functions. Blue light is effective in getting rid of bacteria, anti-aging red light stimulates collagen production, and promotes cellular renewal, while white light works deep into the tissues, to reduce inflammation, and tone your skin. LED light therapy can be done at home or in the salon, without applying any products on your skin. We recommend it to everyone, not just because it is really an experience you should try once, but also because it is particularly suitable for anyone with sensitive skin, the kind of skin that makes you feel like you shouldn’t apply any products on it: you won’t need any products if you use these gadgets! Have a look at the gallery to find the best one for you, and get experimenting.
Summer 2017 Trend: Knot everything you can
7-06-2017 12:45:26
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There is one small trend that first made its appearance on the Spring Summer 2017 runway shows. To be honest, it did not catch  our full attention at first, but ever since then, it got more and more popular in the fashion scene, and in fact, it turned out to be one of the most popular street style trends this season. What we are talking about, then? We’re talking about knots. Knots on blouses. Knots on skirts. Knots on sleeves. Knots everywhere!  This understated trend is just the twist we were waiting for to pimp up our daily wardrobe. You feel like wearing basics but they seem a little boring to you? Knots are the solution! Have a look at the knotted tees and dresses at the T by Alexander Wang Spring Summer RTW 2017 Show. So simple, yet so feminine – the perfect hack to look interesting, but not overdressed. Get inspired by the knotted sleeves and necklines at the House of Holland’s Show, too: it will instantly make you want knot a gingham carré scarf around your neck, and around your wrists. And if you are just daydreaming about seaside vacations, get some maritime inspiration from J.Crew’s: you will love their skirts and trousers with laced-up cord details. So, it’s a wrap: fashionistas went crazy about knotting everything that can be wrapped or burled. They are kinking voluminous fabrics, they are kinking belts, they are kinking ribbons on decollétes, lacing up mounted cords on jeans, skirts or shirts. And since the fashion industry is always in hot pursuit of the runway trends, you will not have break the bank to follow this trend: you can already find amazing denim pieces with cord details at H&M or Topshop, as well as knotted blouses at Mango, or kinked skirts at Zara.
Woman Crush Wednesday: Haley Bennett
7-06-2017 09:56:45
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People say of her that “she pairs her innate femininity with grace, and willpower. She knows what she wants, she knows where she is going, and that is why she is one of those carefree, self-assured women who dare to be themselves.” The subject of this beautiful description is Haley Bennet, our WCW of the week. These were the words used to describe her by Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye, Chloé’s CEO, when Haley was introduced as the new testimonial for Chloé’s fragrance, a perfume that is turning 10 just this year. Haley was born in Florida, 29 years ago, and she already showed an artistic inclination at college: here, she chose to major in music and acting, and later on, she also attended a course on modelling. Gifted with the kind of beauty that makes heads turn, Haley was spotted by a film producer while on vacation in California. That encounter was essential for this beautiful American young woman’s career, and it led to her signing an important contract almost straightaway, and subsequently moving to LA. The first important roles in film came very quickly: Haley debuted in Music And Lyrics, alongside Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore, getting a chance to showcase her singing skills too. After that, she appeared in other films, such as Marley and Me, with Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. A few years later, she was one of horror movie The Hole‘s main characters, but 2017 was he breakthrough year, since she starred in The Girl On The Train, the film which introduced her to a larger audience. Among Bennett’s passions there is one that beats them all: music. A few years ago, she recorded an album, and she has no intention to abandon her aspiration and her dream to perform on the world’s most important stages. Considering Haley’s ability to always succeed in everything she sets out to do, it is very easy for us to imagine that she will soon become an international music star! Things are going very well in her private life, too, since Haley has been in a relationship with American actor Ryan Eggold since 2009. Considering that they managed to beat the 7-year itch… Will they be considering marriage?
Beauty Brand 2 Know: The Ordinary
6-06-2017 12:26:26
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Well, in this case, it might just be best to move on to the “what”. Deciem is a revolutionary Canadian company, which developed 11 brands with one common aim: revolutionizing any existing preconception in the world of beauty. Brandon Truaxe is at the helm of this team of visionaries, who decided to embark on this crazy adventure without paying attention to all those who kept telling him that doing 10 different things at the same time would lead him nowhere. Just in case, he decided to do add one thing to those 10, and beauty addicts worldwide thank him for that! The Ordinary is one of these 11 surprising, amazing projects. It was designed with a precise aim, namely, releasing some specific skincare technologies on the market, for an honest price. The result is a line which looks vaguely pharmaceutical, whose labels show the active ingredients of each formula, and whose website features a guide on how to use these products in the best way, to create a new, personalized beauty regime, according to your needs. The prices of the products in this line are just unbeatable, there is nothing else to say. It might not be that easy at first to figure out what you need among the different ingredients and formulas, but once you understand what product works for you, you will not be able to live without them anymore. Their customer service is excellent and helpful, ready to answer all your questions, if you have any, to make sure that your experience with their product line is completely smooth… Just like your skin! It’s hard to make a choice, for once, we would like to just be able to tell you to just try all of the line’s products – at least the ones that work for your beauty routine! The good news is that recently, in addition to its skincare products, The Ordinary also started producing two foundation formulas: demand was so high that some customers are still waiting to receive their package! We will just get in line: we have great expectations of this small, revolutionary brand.  
Tips for those who would like to travel while living like a local
6-06-2017 10:17:11
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We must have written this about a hundred times: travelling means trying to experience life as the locals of the country we visit do. This should be one of the rules you should follow if you want to have an experience, as opposed to just a holiday. We collected some tips and secrets to travel like a local, and not like just any tourist. Ready?   – Do your research before you leave Did you pick your destination? Good. Then, proceed to do your homework before you book. The best way is to search the Internet as well as social networks: Facebook features a lot of expat groups that live in the country you are going to visit, and that can become a connection between you and your destination. Don’t hesitate to ask for tips and information… And who knows, maybe if you get lucky someone will decide to take you on a tour! – Avoid hotels Figuring out where to sleep is obviously always one of the first things we do once we pick our destination, and if you really want to live like a local, one things is for sure: you must avoid hotels. Choosing a home on AirBnB is probably the best solution, because this will allow you to stay in a local’s home, see their furniture, see what they eat and how they sleep — that will already be a big step ahead. If you are feeling bold, move on to the next paragraph. – Couchsurfing  For those of you who don’t know it, Couchsurfing is a free hospitality exchange that is widely used by young people, and by adults too, over the last few years. This can be a good way to find accommodation, but if you don’t feel like taking it so far, you can also use the network differently: get in touch with the hosts, who are usually welcoming, kind, open-minded people, and invite them out for coffee, or for a chat to get the lowdown about the city. If you get lucky, they might become your guide! – Metros beat taxis Another essential thing you should do to live like a local is to avoid cabs, and use public transport instead. Metros, buses, funiculars, trams, these are the forms of transport that will probably make you feel more connected to the place where you are. And… They are also a lot cheaper! – Travel in low season If you get the chance to leave for your holidays in low season, do it! It is exactly at this time of the year that cities become more liveable: churches, temples and generally all sightseeing locations are less crowded than usual, and locals might also be more welcoming and less irritable, as they will not be as stressed out by the tourist invasion. You will experience daily local life 100%. – Get lost Leave all maps at home, put your phone on airplane mode, and start wandering aimlessly. Get lost among the city streets, walk and let the crowd lead your way: what better way to get to know the more unusual parts of a place? If you can’t find your way back, ask someone for information: it will be yet another chance to start a conversation. – Eat and cook Needless to say, try to go to places as traditional as possible, to test local fare: that should be obvious. If you stay in a house, go shopping for local produce, and get experimenting, trying to reproduce a local dish. – Treat your holiday destination as you treat your home We left this last not because it is less meaningful, but because we want to conclude our post with an important message: respect the environment as if it were home!
How to do a spring cleaning of your beauty product collection
5-06-2017 12:28:56
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Let’s start with a public announcement. The next few paragraphs are for those of us who own a large collection of beauty products. If all you have is in your vanity is two palettes, one brush and three lipsticks, I only have two things to tell you: one, how the hell do you do that? The second is, save your time and go read what products really shouldn’t be missing from your life or the looks you should try out next season. Good, now that we got over the awkwardness of having to confess that we are beauty maniacs, we can embark on our mission. Now is the time for a good spring cleaning of your beauty collection! This is a fundamental step if you are feeling the urge to abandon your flat, suddenly evicted by the sheer amount of products you bought, or simply if chaos has finally taken over everything, and you can’t find your favorite lipstick anymore, because it is lost in a sea of other packets and cases. Without this step, your battle would already be lost. Start with expired products, ça va sans dire. If the packaging doesn’t feature the little symbol with a jar telling you how long the product is okay to use, try to figure out when you opened it the first time around. As a general rule, powders last about 24 months, creams around 12 months, and organic skincare products last 6 months, or fewer. If you own a lot of natural products, be careful with those because they are usually the first to deteriorate, as their formulas contain no preservatives. Once you are done checking this, also try getting rid of anything that is showing its age: if something broke, if the lid doesn’t close properly, for instance, no more excuses, just get rid of it forever. One tip: when you throw your products away, try to properly separate the different materials making up the containers… Recycling matters! Some companies make it even easier for you by giving you a new product if you recycle. Have you ever heard of Back-2-MAC? Just collect 6 old products to get a new lipstick. 5 LUSH black jars will earn you a fresh mask: recycling has never been so useful! Now let’s get on to those products that are the equivalent of that dress you just wore once, or even of that one that is still in your wardrobe, with its label on. There is no good reason to hold on to it, so please, just say goodbye to it and try to make your moms, sisters and friends happy with it: they will be glad to get this little gift! Another useful, wise thing to do is to look for charities that can receive a donation of sealed products that you never used before. There are a lot of people who can’t afford toiletries, and every small gesture can make a difference! Now it’s time for the actual cleaning. Dust anything that has been on display, like perfume bottles, and wash your palettes and jars with a wet cloth, before putting everything back in its place. Of course, this would also be a good time to wash your brushes, which should definitely be cleaned more than once a year! To keep bacteria and germs away from your face, you should disinfect them and deep-clean them at least once every two weeks. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! I really recommend a trip to Muji or to IKEA. Buying a system that will help you organize your beauty products is the best way to stop entropy from taking over everything again in a very short time. Personally, I am a fan of acrylic boxes, because they allow you to see what is inside each box, and they also force you to stay tidy, since everything will be clearly visible. For a super low-cost solution, Tiger is also a good option with interesting products, otherwise, be prepared to spend the whole day scouring Amazon like I do, experimenting until you find the solution that works best for you. I think every time we find a good spot for something we own we contribute to the whole world being a little tidier, too, so this is the best and most satisfying step for me. The icing on the cake of this whole spring cleaning business is that it will instantly win you extra space for new stuff. I am obviously not suggesting you substitute former chaos with a mess of new products, but after all this hard work, you will deserve a small prize. I filled our gallery with must-have products, and products that really shouldn’t be missing in the collection of a real beauty addict. Sorry, not sorry!  
Man Crush Monday: James Jagger
5-06-2017 10:22:46
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Take a break for a second, start your Spotify app and look for Maroon 5’s Moves Like Jagger: if not now, when else could you listen to this? We can’t think of a better time for that, because our Man of the Week is the son Mick had from Jerry Hall, along with siblings Gabriel, Elizabeth and Georgia May, whom you might already know. Born in 1985 in New York City, James Jagger grew up with two strong passions: music, and acting. If the former stayed a hobby, the second turned into a true career! Robert Pattinson was one of his school mates, after all… So, where could you have seen him before? In Vynil, the Martin Scorsese-produced TV show in which he played Kip Stevens. This year, he will be in theaters with 7×7 and on set for a top-secret movie project with Samuel L. Jackson… You will be able to see him in a very peculiar role very soon, as he will be the main character, with Matilda Lutz, of a 3-episode mini-series called Together Stronger, featuring the love story between Paul and Laura, modern lovers bound by passion… And by the fragrances they wear. These are actually, in fact, Emporio Armani’s new fragrances, Stronger With You, (for him) and Because It’s You (for her)! The series is definitely not to be missed, but while we wait, let us tell you a little more about our Man Crush. As well as an emerging actor, James Jagger is also an activist, and he is very passionate for the cause he supports: Project 0 is a worldwide organization that promotes ocean conservation, clean oceans and the protection of coral reefs. James recently declared that his greatest wish would be to see the oceans be clean once again, as they used to be before the Industrial Revolution. He will have to work hard for that, but it’s definitely a dream we want to be a part of!
Makeup trend: an eyeliner line, connecting past and future
2-06-2017 09:30:55
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Over the last few days, we were utterly enchanted by the looks we spotted at the 2018 Cruise collections, not only regarding fashion, but also when it comes to makeup. Did you notice that the Chanel and the Valentino shows had something in common? So did we – and it’s a simple line of eyeliner, one which tells a long story, a story almost as old as the world itself. And that’s the story of eyeliner! Even though Karl Lagerfeld clearly drew inspiration from Ancient Greece for his show, his makeup choice definitely hinted at Ancient Egypt. If Cleopatra sprang to mind while you were watching the models, well, that was exactly what was supposed to happen. Egypt was where eyeliner originated, as a mix of powders and animal fats that was originally used to prevent infections, to protect the eyes from sunlight, as well as to protect children from the evil eye. The most interesting aspect was the shape being used, which was forever called “cat-eye” since then, since it was inspired by this sacred animal in ancient Egyptian culture, and by cat-goddess Bastet. To see this shape get widely used in makeup again, we have to fast-forward by a couple of millennia, though, all the way to 1950. It was in this decade, with pin-ups, and later on, in the 1960s, that marking the shape of the eye with such utter precision became a massive trend again. From that moment on, cat-eye eyeliner travelled all the way to our days, in plenty of different variations, and in different levels of exaggeration depending on one’s look. Adele turned her eyeliner into her trademark, Ariana Grande never leaves the house without hers on, and can you even think about Amy Winehouse without remembering her incredibly bold eye makeup? Our short excursion into the history of eyeliner ends with Valentino’s show, where we saw an almost futuristic, minimalist and very modern shape get used, which still remains easy enough to reproduce without the help of a makeup artist. Get inspired by the looks in the gallery, and all the best with your upcoming makeup tries!
Sailing trips: 5 itineraries in Europe
2-06-2017 09:26:50
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Every time your boss confirms the dates for your time off, what comes next? Well, choosing your destination, of course! “This year I want to do something different”, says your friend “Yes, a rather nomadic trip, for instance”, says another. If you want to surprise them, we have an idea for you: suggest a sailing trip! This might be a great way to visit multiple places, without having to give up on sea, on sunshine and on the amazing sunsets you are bound to witness. If you like the idea, here are 5 European itineraries, for your sailing dream trip. Croatia Let’s start with a trip you should all go on at least once in your life. Did you know Croatia has over 1000 islands and inlets, and that all of them are incredibly beautiful? If you choose this itinerary, you will discover some unseen, secret places that only your skipper will know. You’ll visit the Kornati archipelago, and swim in the crystal clear water of Hvar, Mana, Elafiti and Kornat. It will be hard to find a sea clearer than this. Balearic islands, Spain Sure, we all want beautiful water, but what if you want to party a little, after taking care of your tan? Here is the trip for you, then, the one that will make you discover the Balearic islands. Every year, locations like Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca and Minorca are swamped by tourists from all over the world, but while they will all be fighting for space on the beaches, you will be relaxing in the luxury of your boat. You’ll get to visit all the islands you like, and only make your way to the mainland at night, to party. This is the very definition of cool! Aeolian Islands, Sicily, Italy Italy on a sailing boat? That’s a good idea. Surely, it would be most inconvenient to try to sail all around the peninsula, but this is truly one of the most spectacular trips you can go on in the Mediterranean. You will see renowned places like the islands of Lipari, Stromboli, Vulcano and Panarea, which offer breathtaking views and excellent food. Each island has its own charm, and this trip will guarantee you a summer of glamour! Côte d’Azur, France Chich friends all over the world, listen up, this is for you: a sailing holiday along the Côte d’Azur is something you should seriously consider. Your itinerary will include beautiful cities like Nice, Antibes, Sanremo and Montecarlo. After sunbathing at the bow of your boat, grab your straw hat, and go have lunch in one of the small restaurants that are located on the coast. Welcome to the corner of paradise you had been looking for! Greece Did you really think we would talk about where to spend your summer without mentioning Greece? Of course we wouldn’t! Even a week is enough to see some of Greece’s most beautiful islands, easily island-hopping with your sailing boat. You will not only dive into the bluest waters of Europe, you will also dive into different traditions, customs and history in every single island you land on. Let your skipper know if you want to stop in Zakynthos, Mykonos or Cephalonia, or let your skipper’s expertise help you decide where to go.  
A guide to a weekend in the Langhe region, featuring truffles, Barolo wine and amazing landscapes
1-06-2017 16:34:52
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The most attentive among you surely noticed that the entire TBS Crew went to the Langhe region last week, to spend some time together in this area of rolling hills between Cuneo and Asti — in Piedmont, north western Italy, for those who are wondering. It was a first visit for many of us, and we all had a positive impression of the place. If you also would like to take a trip to this marvellous location in Piedmont, read our tips, and get your notebook out. Oh, and be warned: the food and the wine are great, so please, leave your guilty conscience at home! DAY 1 Piedmont will welcome you with its green valleys and its rows of vines, making it the perfect setting for a magical weekend. Alba, the capital of truffles, is our first destination. It is a very small town with a hidden treasure underneath: the remains of a Roman era village, on top of which the current town developed later on. It is definitely worth a visit, with an archeologist who will tell you all the secrets of Alba Pompeia, as the location was called in Roman times — make sure you book ahead. After that, make your way to Neive, another historical village, this time of the Middle Ages, which features a beautiful castle where you can have apéritif, too. Sit down for lunch at L’Aromatario, located in a beautiful, ivy-covered palace… Really so very atmospheric! Here, you will be able to enjoy dishes both from the sea and from the land, without of course forgetting local Piedmont traditional fare. With a full stomach, you can move on to an experience that you must absolutely try in this place, since the Langhe region is known as the land of good wine. We recommend visiting the many wineries in the area that offer Barolo tasting: we went to Cantine Brunella, owned by the Baroli winemakers. Here, we learned about the differences between different types of Barolo wine, that usually depend on the location of the vines, as well as on the differences in exposure to sunlight. Take in the sunset on the hills overlooking Barolo. Finally, make your way to the place that you will call home tonight: the Locanda del Pilone, a resort that also happens to be a starred restaurant. Their kitchen, headed by young chef Federico Gallo, 29 years old, won the much coveted Michelin star, and the meal you’ll have here, starting from the meat tartare antipasto, all the way to the homemade dessert pie, is a perfectly executed modern variation of traditional Piedmont specialties that will make you say “hmm, so delicious” plenty of times while you eat. After dinner, you will get the chance to taste Nocciolino, a homemade liquor, sitting on the verandah, taking in the beauty of your surroundings, and welcoming a warm, fuzzy feeling of drowsiness and relaxation. DAY 2 Waking up surrounded by greenery, in a place where birdsong is the only noise you’ll hear, will already set the right mood for the day. Since you are in the land of truffles, we recommend an experience so unique to this place that you can hardly have it anywhere else: going truffle hunting! We went truffle hunting with Mr. Ezio, from the Tra Arte e Querce restaurant, who will accompany you on a 1-hour excursion in the local woods, looking for these prestigious mushrooms. Trust us, when your dog finds one of these treasures, you will be the first to rejoice! Also because you will get the chance to have your truffle just after your walk, during a lunch so delicious it will make you smile. After hunting and dining, let the charming villages in the Langhe area bewitch you. We recommend visiting Pollenzo, Monteforte d’Alba, Morra, which features the super colorful Barolo chapel, and Barolo itself: with beautiful weather, you will be able to enjoy wide open green spaces, and untouched nature. If you still have some time, stop by for a ritual that is typical of Piedmont tradition: the merenda sinoira. This is a tradition that can be traced back to local farmer culture: after a day of work on the fields, farmers used to get an energy boost by enjoying cold cuts, cheese, vitello tonnato (cold veal in a tuna sauce) and of course, a good glass of wine, while admiring the landscape. This will be a magical and tasty way to bid farewell to a place that will stay in your heart.
The three kinds of stiletto-heel sandals you will need this summer 2017
31-05-2017 17:23:01
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Talking about shoes, there is one thing we can say out loud: stilettos heels are sexy as hell. And when summer comes, we can’t stop dreaming of legions of stiletto heels sandals magically appearing in our closet, ready to make us feel like queens. In case you are planning to celebrate this summer, as you should – hey, it’s the season we are waiting for all year – you should definitely get yourself one of those amazing pairs. Designers are putting all their creative energy into making the best stilettos right now, and their work was worth it! The result is a large choice of different stilettos styles for every taste. The only problem: we want all of them! Stiletto-heel sandals with opulent ornaments Less is more? Not this summer! The purpose of these stiletto sandals is to state quite the contrary. 3D objects, like wings, butterflies, pom poms, fringes or flowers embellish these beauties, on their heels or on their front straps. After setting your eyes on these amazingly embellished sandals you will agree with us, we are sure. And in case you instantly fall in love with one of these pairs, but you are hesitating because you think they are too fancy, stop brooding over that instantly, because the styling rule for fancy shoes is the easiest of all: the crazier the shoe, the simpler the outfit. So just wear them with a little black dress, or with your favorite pair of jeans and a white tee!   Stiletto-heel sandals with knots, ruffles and bows “Pretty woman walking down the street…” You might end up hearing this song quite often if you wear one of these extravagant stiletto heel sandals. With big bows, delicate ruffles and artfully draped knots, they are the incarnation of elegance and femininity. In pastel colors, they evoke ballerina dancing shoes; in brighter colors, they look like a birthday party on your feet. Both versions look great with flared skirts or A-line dresses for a girly look. For a more understated outfit, just wear them with a pair of culotte pants, or your jeans.   Stiletto-heel sandals in pop colors & geometric shapes If you’re not the romantic kind of girl, these graphic stiletto heel sandals might just be what you were looking for! They don’t only come in bright pop colors, they also come in fascinating geometric shapes. Holes, straight lines, delicate cut-outs, graphic styles, you name it. The result is a stunning shoe, with a dramatic effect and without a trace of kitsch. Since the geometric forms already draw a lot of attention, you’d better keep your outfit plain: avoid patterns and prints, but go for any color you like, because these stilettos are made for color block looks!
Shake things up in your vanity for summer: bye foundation, hello BB, CC and tinted moisturizers
31-05-2017 14:49:00
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I confess, I really would like to be able to do without foundation. Despite being a beauty lover, the last thing I like to do is to apply multiple layers of coverage on my face. Sadly, though, my delicate, blemish-prone skin doesn’t agree with me, which means that every morning I have to grab my brush and my makeup sponge, and start working on my daily restoration efforts, in a ritual that doesn’t feel very sacred but that does help me feel happy with what I see in the mirror. There is one thing that offers some relief, luckily: when the warmer season comes, I can change the content of my vanity to something different, abandoning foundation, and choosing lighter textures. You should try that, too! It’s all thanks to the sun, really, it works wonders. The moment it pierces through the clouds, there is no need to apply tons of color anymore. And once you leave the well-worn path for a path less traveled, here is what you will find: light, weightless formulas that can lend a uniform look to your face, without excessive coverage. If you have freckles, like I do, you won’t be covering them at all! There are basically two product types that are suitable for this time of the year: tinted moisturizers and BB/CC creams. Yes, they are almost identical, but there is a difference, let me explain. The first product is a moisturizer that can also give a touch of color to your skin. The second kind is actually a treatment which can target blemishes – BB stands for Blemish Balm – or discoloration, since CC stands for Color Correcting. The texture of tinted moisturizers is usually lighter, since the ingredient list is usually very short, but it all depends on brand and application. My favorite method to apply a base in summer, the one I recommend, basically, is the following: soak a sponge in cool water, and wring it out well. This will make your beauty routine very pleasant even with 30C, and it will also stop the sponge from absorbing most of the product: since it is already saturated with water, all the sponge will do will be helping to apply product onto your skin. I almost forgot: one very important thing you should keep in mind when you choose your summer product is sun protection factor! It is absolutely forbidden to wear anything under 30 when it comes to your face, you don’t want to end up looking like Yzma in The Emperor’s New Groove, right? Now, have a look at the gallery to discover what products won our seal of approval… Happy shopping!
Woman Crush Wednesday: Gal Gadot
31-05-2017 14:15:35
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Every man dreams of spending his life with a woman who solves problems, who doesn’t create new ones, and who can deal with those problems with a firm hand when they do come her way. Who wouldn’t want a friend like that, someone who knows what to do, in every situation? Well, the news is, a woman like that exists… But who are we talking about, you ask? Wonder Woman, of course! About Gal Gadot to be precise, who plays Wonder Woman in the film that will be released next week. Gal was born in Israel in 1985, from Jewish Israeli parents with a very painful history. Her grandparents experienced war in Europe and were Holocaust survivors. This was very important to Gal growing up, and left a mark on her, making her into a very thoughtful, intense girl. Gadot’s career started at only 19, when she won the title of Miss Israel pretty effortlessly, thanks to her evident beauty. Right after that, she participated in the Miss Universe contest, as all national beauty contest winners usually do. Gal, 32 years old, soon realized that she didn’t want to be a model, and joined the Israeli Defence Force after her beauty contest experience: she was quickly promoted to the rank of combat instructor — who else could impersonate the great warrior better than her, then? Despite her choosing to take time off from the show business, she still caught the eye of the industry, and in 2007 she was featured in Maxim‘s famous photo reportage “Women of the Israeli army”: her portrait would land on the cover of the New York Post shortly after that. After her time in service, Gal showed an interest in the film industry. The Fast and Furious saga worked as her springboard, as she played the main character in parts 4, 5 and 6. Critics started appreciating her and loving her not only for her looks, but also for her acting skills. Gadot is also part of the cast of some widely appreciated TV shows, such as Entourage and The Beautiful Life. Her interpretation of Wonder Woman, which the entire world is expecting so eagerly, might also be the most important role in her career so far, and it perfectly matches her professional ambitions, since she declared in an interview a few years ago that there aren’t enough roles in cinema for strong women, and that most of the female characters we see in films today seem to match the damsel-in-distress stereotype. Well said, Gal! We can’t wait for you to show everyone that there is so much more to cinema for women, too!
I confess: I am obsessed with Sex and the City and I want to dress like Carrie Bradshaw
30-05-2017 17:26:44
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While searching for some inspiration and some trends, I started watching Sex & The City again, starting from first season, and let me tell you, this was one of the smartest moves of the past year. While talking about fashion and about the TV show, my first thought was, how trivial. But after watching it again and studying it a little, I realised that I actually had a true treasure in front of my eyes. In addition to clothing, which I will get to in a few lines, it is quite important to think about the emancipated lives that the girls in the series all lead: yes, they often talk about men, but at the end of the day, the four characters are all career women, who enjoy life and have the kind of full, happy routine we — me included! — would all want, both when they are in a relationship and when they are single. But let’s get to the more interesting topic, which is, Carrie Bradshaw’s style. If you look at trends from the 1990s and the 2000s, you will see she is the true queen of those: low-waist crop pants, chain belts, crop tops, spaghetti dresses, cowboy hats, berets, bandana tops, foulards worn as headdress, tracksuits and leggings with high heels, sabots, and more sabot-style shoes. I think I named about a million trends, and I still haven’t taken a million looks into account. It was after figuring out that she used to match her dream shoes with clothing from a vintage store that I realized I had found my muse! Having unique clothing items you can match to beautiful, feminine accessories should be everyone’s life philosophy. And don’t believe that you need an unlimited budget for this, all you need is some sense of style and some time to do your research! If you don’t know where to start, but you are also fans of Carrie, and would like to have some more glam in your wardrobe, you will find some ideas below, inspired by Carrie’s most beautiful looks ever. Ready for a bit of Sex & The City in your life? Carrie Bradshaw’s style: some extra glam in your wardrobe is always a good idea!  Carrie Bradshaw’s style: one of her most cool looks ever! Carrie Bradshaw’s style: she is the true queen of berets & femminine looks Carrie Bradshaw’s style: if you look at trends from the 1990s and the 2000s, she is your girl!
Going to the gym in your makeup? It can be done, and here are the products that help
29-05-2017 14:22:29
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Gym and makeup have always been two worlds apart, so hold on to your hats, because we are going to turn your world upside down! It’s not a joke and it’s not a marketing strategy: somebody finally answered our prayers, and soon you will be able to go train with your makeup on! Because let’s be honest, even if we are all for inner beauty, having to look at ourselves in the gym mirror, maybe early in the morning, doesn’t feel so good… And if you are among those who attend a course or go walk on a treadmill for a half hour after work, you won’t even have to remove your makeup, hurrah! We know what you are thinking: regular makeup is just fine and it survives everything, if you just do it right. Sure, primers and makeup setting sprays are always helpful, but exerting yourself and sweating with a 2mm barrier on your face will not let your skin breathe the right way, and in the long run, having clogged pores might generally get out of hand. So, forewarned is forearmed, right? There are lots of brands that are at work for us sports lovers, some of which, like Sweat Cosmetics, even test their cosmetics on Olympic athletes – can you think of a better way to test cosmetics like these? — and brands like Yuni, that try to apply the philosophy of their favorite sport (yoga) to every product in the line. Ready to show up at the gym as a beautiful swan, rather than an ugly duckling?
Man Crush Monday: Louis Baines
29-05-2017 10:28:03
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Everyone has known for a while that living legend Kate Moss opened her own talent agency, working with models, singers and performers — but the news that made us all even more curious, was that she has apparently chosen her top model, too. This young man, and current talk of town in the fashion biz, is named Louis Baines, and we just couldn’t help choosing him as our Man of the week. Louis will turn 17 soon, and he is part of famous model’s Kate Moss Model agency, as we just mentioned. If being Kate’s protégé means, on the one hand, that doors will always be wide open everywhere for Louis, it also means bearing a lot of responsibility, a task which he seems to be approaching quite nonchalantly. Honestly speaking, we must say that Louis had already had an important experience before his career was blessed by Kate’s golden touch, since he had already worked with one of Britain’s most renowned brands of the last few years: Topshop. That was followed by another impressive achievement for someone who was still only just a teenager back then, when Louis posed for British Vogue — and that is not all, because he also posed for Stella McCartney last month, showing everyone that he is ready for the world’s most prestigious catwalk shows. Despite these jobs dropping in his lap (also) thanks to his exceptional mentor, as much as thanks to his evident beauty, Louis was discovered by wider audiences when he attended Coach‘s event with Kate Moss, walking arm in arm with her in front of the photographers. That is when fashion victims worldwide started searching for news about this handsome young man, who was so mysterious and so little known to the press back then. He still has a long way to go of course, but if “proud mama” Kate placed a bet on him, all we can do is trust her!
Shop the style: Cher
26-05-2017 17:06:38
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If you thought that an icon like Cher could ever disappear from the fashion world, well, after her performance at the Billboard Awards, which clearly confirmed that her diva status, we are sure you won’t entertain this sort of idea anymore — there will hardly be any humans on Earth can forget about Cher. Cherilyn Sarkisian, American artist of Armenian heritage, started her career in the 1960s, and immediately shot to international success. That wasn’t all: in addition to her music career, Cher started appearing on TV networks and started working as a model, becoming a style icon, and became inspiration for scores of men and women worldwide. She was famous for her long, smooth, straight black hair, for having been one of the first women to show her bellybutton on TV, for her flared pants, for her excesses with glam and glitter, and for her legendary sheer dresses, now worn by all top models. She could be described in one simple sentence: her greatest achievement is that she has always been cool. How could anyone forget about a muse like her? No one could, and actually, if you have a look at her style evolution, you will realize that her looks are basically a summary of all the trends that we love like crazy nowadays. But keep in mind — no one will ever pull those trends off better than she did! Meanwhile, here we are, with a collection of a few of her most iconic looks ever, which are just ready to be copied in 2017… Are you ready for a touch of glam? Flared pants are her must have piece ever! Don’t forget the glam and glitter! And what about some extra Glam? 
TBS CREW goes to Langhe
26-05-2017 12:21:59
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Here is a secret: we are great cooks! You don’t believe us? Then ask Federico Gallo, the young Italian, Michelin-starred chef who leads the gang of the Locanda del Pilone, who oversaw us challenging one another, to the last pinch of flour, to prepare plin and tagliolini that might not have had the perfect shape, but that were definitely super tasty. This was how we kept ourselves busy during our spring trip — you know that, we occasionally all leave together for a holiday… The kind of beautiful thing you can do when your coworkers are also your friends! So, our little outing took us to the Langhe area of Piedmont, one of Italy’s most famous wine-producing areas. This is where Barolo gets produced: Barolo is a very peculiar wine and we got the chance to know it thanks to the Boroli winemakers, who welcomed us, sharing the lowdown about all sorts of local secrets, letting us taste all their best bottles, and the most interesting gastronomic specialties. And, let us say that: we were attentive and eager students, because we did not let a single drop of wine or a single grain of rice go to waste… Although it was difficult, we have to admit that! Imagine that on the first day we had two tastings at the Cantine Brunella, where the Boroli family produces its fantastic wines: first, we had a Barolo tasting (we tried four different kinds of Barolo wine from four different areas, and we learned that even if you move by just a few meters, the taste of wine will change radically!) The second tasting was Krug champagne, which we enjoyed with very peculiar pairings, to be specific, with four tastes that don’t really work with its bubbles… and that was how we learned that champagne must always be enjoyed with delicate-tasting food. After a day of theory, it was time to practice: we started right in the morning, going truffle hunting with little Dora, a dog who helped us find three specimens of amazingly scented black truffles, which we obviously enjoyed for lunch. And finally, the moment had come for the cooking competition. It was time for our Masterchef-style challenge, guided by the chef of the Locanda del Pilone, who had treated our taste buds the night before with his Piedmont specialties, revisited in a contemporary interpretation — we swear: it’s not a coincidence that this restaurant has a Michelin star… It’s really amazing! We were split into three brigades, and proceeded to knead and stuff plin, the typical dumplings of Piedmont — and making tagliolini. Curious to know who won? Look at our video, on 1.21: you’ll see the winners taking a selfie ;-)!
Your beauty routine needs a primer: here is why
25-05-2017 16:04:30
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I usually do my makeup myself everyday: I am saying this because I don’t want you to think I am like a celebrity, with a makeup artist available for me each day. About two weeks ago though, I was at a photoshoot for a project, and had my makeup done by a professional. She told me something that really struck me: “your skin really drinks makeup up”. Ah, so I wasn’t dreaming that up! Despite the love and care I put into my beauty routine, foundation always seems to want to just slide off my face, to disappear forever. Of course, I asked the makeup artist how to solve this problem, and she suggested I choose a new primer: apparently, the one I had chosen, thinking it would help my base stay matte, was not the right one for me! My skin needs water, so I need a very moisturizing primer that doesn’t force my skin to resort to absorbing the moisture it needs from makeup, eating all the moisture up. This got me thinking about the importance of primer in our daily routine. We all need primer, you know why? Because, in addition to the obvious task of making your makeup last longer, primer also works as a protective layer. You will especially realize that if you live in a particularly polluted city: it’s a product that works as a barrier, and that is able to protect your skin from the worst polluting agents. Here is a good way to test your primer: try to go out for a few hours, with only your primer on. Once you are back home, clean your skin with a cotton disc, with a little micellar water or some biphasic makeup remover: you will be able to see the city’s grayness caught onto the disk as in a filter. Quite shocking, I know – this is usually how I convince my friends to introduce primers into their beauty routine. If applying primer every day seems like too much effort, at least don’t give up on sunscreen, for any reason, and keep your primer in your vanity for those days on which you will need your makeup to last several hours. Speaking of long-lasting stuff, over the last few days, the world of beauty was shaken by the earthquake of a new, incredible product. There is such a thing as a primer for perfume! It was born of the need to be able to smell a fragrance throughout the day, something that can be quite complicated, considering all the factors at play in this field… But it’s a genius idea! This way, even the most delicate products can stay on your skin for a longer time, and you will not feel like you need to spray your perfume on 8 times a day, running out of your fragrance in just a few weeks. We already discussed primers for mascara some time ago, so I won’t stress you any further with that. Ready to welcome primers? Choose your new BFF in the gallery!
How to wear sheer clothes without looking naked
25-05-2017 11:25:57
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You may have noticed it on the Chanel Cruise Show this week, or on the multiple street style pictures on Instagram: sheer clothes, tulle clothes in particular, are one of the biggest style trends in Summer 2017. Sure, it might seem really complicated at first to wear sheer clothes without looking naked, because they are, ça va sans dire, very transparent. Furthermore, tulle is so romantic and feminine that it may seem hard to style it in a cool way. Well, it’s time to fight against this prejudice, because the new styling secret for wearing sheer tulle clothes without looking naked or feeling like a ballerina is super easy: it’s layering! The more a tulle piece comes in pastel hues, with romantic ruffles or sheer overlays, the better it will look when layered over casual denim, and clean jersey. So, even if you’re not the girly kind of girl, don’t shy away from tulle: wear it over your band shirt, over your ripped jeans or with your vintage leather jacket for an unexpected style clash. The result will not be girly at all, it will be super cool instead. We promise! How denim addicts can wear tulle sheer clothes Honestly, it’s the perfect match! Tulle and denim look amazing together. You can either go for denim pieces with tulle details on the hems, or you can just layer them. Or you are free to choose between a tulle skirt, a tulle shirt, or a tulle dress — they will all look super stylish with your favorite pair of jeans. How non-girly-girls can wear tulle sheer clothes Is the cliche of all girls loving pink, and dreaming of being a ballerina a pain for you? Don’t let this be the reason why you don’t wear tulle, it doesn’t have to look girly or ballerina-like! Just grab a transparent tulle dress, and layer it over your old band shirt. So, what do you say? Is it just cool, or supercool? How crazy fashionistas can wear tulle sheer clothes If you’re the fashionable, outgoing kind of person who loves wearing crazy things and getting attention, well, listen up: you will love colorful tulle skirts and shirts! If you feel like looking casual, wear them with a hoodie or jeans and boots. If you have to dress up, grab your heels. Either way, you can be sure you will have all eyes on you!
How to create an expensive-looking look, spending very little money!
24-05-2017 11:14:44
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Who didn’t dream of having a catwalk-worthy look, or of owning iconic clothing from a trendy brand, at least once? Time to get real, and accept the fact that we cannot afford that — at least not all of that, perhaps a few items every season. Anyway, how can you have a dream look, spending little money? Let’s start by keeping in mind that the price of products is usually more related to the brand’s identity than to the item’s actual value, so if you manage your budget properly, and see what alternatives the market offers, we assure you that you can easily build looks that seem to be made of costly pieces, while spending way less than you would ever have expected. Not bad, right? Are you wondering how to do it? The first step is to ask yourself what style feels like it’s yours, and what is your dream brand. After picking the look you want, or figuring out who your model woman is, it is time to move on to composing your outfit, thinking about what you need to complete the look. Last but not least, for each item or accessory, think about what shops can offer the best alternative for your budget. And voilà, there is no need to have an outfit full of logos to have some style… If you really want to do it, even affordable, cheap items can work wonders! How to have a sleek, sophisticated look that seems expensive but actually is not. Inspiration: The Row and 1990s Prada How to have a colorful, romantic, yet practical look that seems expensive, but actually is not. Inspiration: Rosie Assoulin and Johanna Ortiz How to have a cool, urban look, that seems expensive but actually is not. Inspiration: OFF White and Vetements
Woman Crush Wednesday: Angourie Rice
24-05-2017 10:09:42
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She is only 16 years old and she already worked with some of the most famous actors in Hollywood: young Angourie Rice‘s resume is packed with interesting roles in some of the blockbusters of the last few years, in which this child prodigy starred alongside Ryan Gosling, Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning and Russell Crowe. She was born in Melbourne, Australia, on January 1 2001, with a stage director for a father, and a playwright for a mother. Her childhood was defined by a lot of moves due to her parents’ work, which took her and her family to Perth, Australia, and then on to Munich, Germany. Only later did she go back to her hometown, and she enrolled at the Princes Hill Secondary College, a place that became an oasis of calm for her whenever work gets too intense. It must be difficult for such a young girl to have such an active career and carry on with her regular life, as Angourie declared in an interview, saying that she is still looking for a good balance between her studies, reading Maths and French books, and her film career. These Final Hours was the first relevant feature film that launched her career at only 12. Later on, she got a part in Walking With Dinosaurs, and in TV shows such as The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Worst Year of My Life Again and Mako Mermaids. Last year, she was part of the cast of Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows, and in The Nice Guys, in which she played Ryan Gosling‘s daughter. In July, we will see her in Spider Man‘s new episode, Homecoming, which sounds like it is going to be yet another Marvel success. She is currently in Cannes, promoting The Beguiled with Sofia Coppola, in which she plays a student alongside none other than Nicole Kidman, who features as her teacher: the film is competing for the Palme d’Or. A student and an enthusiastic actor, Angourie often wonders if this is all real… Yes, sweet Angourie, it is! You are destined to be a Hollywood star, and we can’t wait to applaud your talent at the cinema!
Designer to know: Rouje
23-05-2017 18:21:54
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Jeanne Damas, It-Girl and French fashion icon, started Rouje in 2016. She started the brand to dress herself and her friends: very feminine women with a strong personality, who can wear her designs in Paris, as well as on holidays or at work. Parisian women, and their simple, effortless style, are her main inspiration. Her collection is designed to work every day, for the day and for the night, to always look ready and charming for every occasion. Her items are characterized by vintage prints and designs, monochrome dresses with very sleek cuts, high-waisted pants, silk blouses with retro necklines, and miniskirts — strictly to be worn with red lipstick! Because Jeanne’s style, and that of her brand, makes us dream of Parisian life, reminding us of the films set on the French riviera: short-sleeved cotton dresses, wicker bags, cat-eye glasses, denim, stripes and polka dots. Who would have thought it so easy to be sophisticated and feminine? Summer collections are our favorites: they make us think of Jane Birkin, of her photo in the fields, her straw hat on, of her white blouses and her enchanting smile. We feel like teleporting ourselves onto a bench, under a tree on the French riviera, and live the Rouje dream. But what we like best is the unique, clear and original message of this brand: FRENCH GIRL POWER! If you are fans of French women, if you just love their messy hair and their red lips… There is no brand in the world that represents them better. And of course, we are their number 1 fans!
The coolest 5 road trips in Europe!
23-05-2017 10:24:23
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You only have 2 weeks off, but you also feel like trying to visit as many places as possible? A road trip through the most beautiful cities and countries of Europe could be just what you need. A few weeks ago, we told you about the best American road trips; today, we will be guiding you in your discovery of the Old Continent. Once again, it was very hard to pick only 5 itineraries, but finally, we managed to choose the most intriguing ones (according to us.) From the wild views of Portugal to the Greek coasts, without neglecting Central Europe, of course: beaches, mountains, cities… Summer 2017 will be on the road! The Portuguese coast Let’s start by saying that Portugal is always a good source of surprises. Our itinerary starts in the North, in Braga, to be precise, and makes its way down to Guimarães and Felgueiras, dotted by charming little villages. After that, it’s Porto’s turn, and time to see Portugal’s beautiful ocean locations: Figuiera da Foz, Peniche, Ericeira are among our favorite places. Later on, this itinerary will take you to the capital, Lisbon, where you absolutely should make time for some sightseeing. If you have more time, make your way to the very south of the country, for some unforgettable landscapes. Italy, Sicily We were totally overwhelmed, spoilt for choice here. North, south, central Italy: Italy is one of the few European countries that can be easily crossed by car. We chose Sicily, the Mediterranean’s largest island, and believe us: it will be a very satisfactory experience. The itinerary we picked goes from Palermo to Agrigento: start from the regional capital, and travel through some really amazing seaside locations, then drive through Trapani and the Zingaro natural reserve. During your trip, stop by in Marsala, Mazara del Vallo, and to conclude, go to Agrigento, park your car and walk to the Temple Valley: don’t forget your sunscreen, because the sun is very strong here. The French Alps Too many seaside locations so far? No worries, we thought of those of you who prefer cooler temperatures, too. Our idea here is a trip through the great French Alps, where you will see incredible, unrivaled mountain views. And it’s not just about the mountains and the Alps: while driving along the Route des Grandes Alpes, you will find yourselves driving through 4 different national parks, and across 16 mountain passes. If you want to drive along the entire route, all the way to the end, you will get to Switzerland. If you like motorbikes, this is definitely a route we recommend for riding your motorbike, and fully enjoying postcard-perfect views. Eastern Europe This is a road trip option that often gets overlooked, but it is in no way less interesting than others — not at all actually. You can decide if you want to start from Romania or from Austria, either way, the route is the same. If you choose this tour, you will be crossing 4 different countries in 10 days: Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria, for a very thorough discovery of the Eastern part of the Old Continent. If you are looking to do something different, definitely follow this tip. Greece Who said islands are the only beautiful part of Greece? We managed to come up with a really good itinerary for the mainland, starting from the capital, Athens — worth a tour itself: once you feel like you have soaked up enough culture, you can start driving. You can decide whether you want to drive along Greece’s most ancient highway, which will take you off the beaten track, up the mountains, or make your way to amazing places like Glifada or Lagonisi. Cross the Corinth canal at the end, and make your way to mystical Olympia, a very important place for the Greeks.  
Beauty Brand 2 Know: Omorovicza
23-05-2017 10:07:20
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Like all things Budapest, apparently, this brand also seems to be have a connection to a love story, specifically, to the one between Stephen and Margaret. Stephen is the heir of the noble Omorovicza family and he met the love of his life, Margaret, while she was working at the American embassy in Hungary. It was truly love at first sight, and the two became inseparable after just a few dates. Thermal water was their love potion, and the witness of some of their dates, after which they both noticed the good effects it had on their skin. They were so inspired by this unique ingredient that they decided to start a beauty project together, something that was never done before. Omorovicza was born of this love: a luxury skincare line that is all about the magical powers of Hungarian thermal water (could it also work as a love potion, too? We might as well try.) The line’s products can be bought online and in their Budapest flagship store, which we just visited. If you want to truly experience the brand, though, we recommend visiting their spas: Omorovicza has many all over Europe, and if you follow your urge to buy everything you see while shopping in their store, you will get a free, unmissable face treatment as a gift! The products in this line have the ability to replicate the effect that thermal water had on Stephen and Margaret: making you fall in love at first sight, or in this case, at first use! The beneficial effects of thermal water during one day at the bath are usually limited to the outer layers of your skin, and to make it all more effective, Omorovicza patented a system that helps the molecules of thermal water penetrate deeper down into your skin, to enhance its revitalizing effects, and help your skin stay young, at a young age already! Our favorite product comes with a little story. The Queen of Hungary mist was inspired by the very first perfume ever created, dedicated to the Queen of Hungary… Better known to all of us as Empress Sissi! The formula has been modified to make the spray into a skincare product, but its delicate scent of orange flowers and rose will make your beauty routine worthy of a princess. You should try it as a toner after cleansing your face, as well as a relaxing spray during the day!
Man Crush Monday: Charlie DePew
22-05-2017 17:04:53
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Let’s not beat around the bush: TV shows are a true obsession for us. When we are at work, we can’t wait to leave to go watch the latest episode, we sometimes even say no to a night out with friends to stay up late in front of our laptop, on our couch. On our couch, with our computer in our lap, rather than spending time with friends or out for a drink. Sounds familiar? Well, then you’ve got the same issue as we do. So, guess who is our Man of the week? Why, an actor from a TV show, of course! It’s Charlie DePew, the new idol of the masses. Only 21 years old, this handsome Californian is the main male lead of the new series Famous in Love, released in the US last week. Charlie plays Jake, a young man with one dream: becoming a film director, with equally beautiful Bella Thorne starring alongside him as his partner in crime. The two declared that they clicked immediately on set, and according to many, they seem to be getting closer and closer also in their private lives. But who is Charlie, then, and what are his professional experiences? The DePews hail from Pasadena, and the family started getting interested in showbiz when they realized their son had potential: since he was a kid, at only 13, Charlie was part of the Disney Channel cast, on the famous show that discovered so many people who went on to become internationally known celebrities. Charlie got many other parts after this experience, and he ended up playing in The Amazing Spider-Man, Mad Men and The Goldbergs, to name a few. His work in Famous in Love is now being praised as his best performance to date. You will notice his handsomeness and the reasons why girls go crazy for him when you look at our gallery. If you want to know something less obvious about Charlie DePew, well, here you are: he loves cooking, and when he is at home, he turns from excellent actor into an excellent cook. He used to play water polo in high school — that explains his beautiful body, and, last but not least, DePew is the soul of the party, and not because he dances or drinks too much, but because he is a DJ! Girls, we truly love him already… And we know you will, too. We told you, he is the new darling of the masses!
The it-bags all fashion girls are queuing up for are the straw handbags
18-05-2017 18:32:23
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The world is divided into two groups of people, and it’s all about one keyword: Jane. You might be thinking, nonsense, how can a girl’s name split the world into two factions? Well, it’s quite easy to understand. When you ask people what pops up in their minds when they hear the name “Jane”, they will either answer with a loud «Ah-oooooooh! Tarzan and Jane, of course!», or they will smile, their mind off to  the 1970s, and they will say: «It makes me think of the legendary style-icon Jane Birkin».  If you are part of the second group of people, and therefore a fashion girl in the know (or if you changed your mind when you read the second answer), you will surely have noticed that Jane Birkin — or her favorite accessory, the basket bag, at least — is back in the game this spring. It even became the top trending accessory in 2017, with a rising curve of over 200% in Pinterest searches! This officially confirms that the micro-trend we noticed on the streets earlier this year is becoming huge: straw handbags are getting fashionable! But careful, there, we’re not talking about just any wicker woven piece: we are talking about the famous Jane Birkin basket bag that was as inseparable from her as Chanel was from tweed, like Gigi and Kendall, like chocolate and a guilty conscience. The truth is, she did not only look amazing back in the day, holding her basket bag with high rise jeans and a white tee. Her basket bag actually inspired Jean-Louis Damas, former head of Hermès, to create one of the label’s biggest It-Bags, too: Hermès’s Birkin bag. Curious to know more about this story? The two met on a flight, and when Damas asked Jane why she was carrying a basket, she told him that as a young, fashionable mom, she couldn’t find any leather bag that was practical and chic at the same time. Damas started sketching his first design of the bag on a napkin right away, and three years later, the legendary Hermès Birkin Bag was born. Heartwarming story, right? And one more reason for us to embrace the comeback of Jane’s basket bag. Since finding the original bag is not the easiest thing to do, we sat down and put some effort into a little research, to find the most authentic-looking version. And we are – as Jane Birkin would be  – quite satisfied with what we found!
Falling in love with Budapest in 48 hours: our guide to discover the city
18-05-2017 15:44:50
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Everyone knows love don’t come easy. And if meeting new people might be hard, technology is here to help us: Tinder can be the solution to meet someone new. Sure, you have to make a bit of an effort… Not this one, not this one, maybe that one, super like? Until you find someone you really like, and find out you might even have some friends in common. It’s worth a try! And you might not be so excited to meet up before the first date, you might be thinking, ah, he or she might look great on paper, but who knows… And then you meet, and you click immediately: it’s love at first sight! Well, this was how it was between us and Budapest. We knew it was a beautiful city, everyone had told us about it, but we never would have thought we would fall for it in a second. We fell hopelessly in love with it over just 48 hours, and since sharing is caring, we will tell you all about the good stuff about this match. Don’t worry, we are not jealous, we already know you will also fall in love with Budapest! IT CAN SURPRISE YOU, WITH STORIES FROM THE PAST AND FROM THE PRESENT. CULTURE IN BUDAPEST Physical attraction obviously matters, but if there is no connection, the romance won’t last. Saint Mathias’s church, with its high spires and colorful mosaic roof, was what started the sparkle between Budapest and us: we noticed it right at the beginning of our exploration. Have a walk along the walls on the hills of the old town and you will feel like you are on the set of Game of Thrones, go back to the lower part of town if you want to move back in time towards today, and take a selfie on the terrace of Saint Stephen’s basilica. Don’t miss the Synagogue, of course: the biggest in Europe, it is a very peculiar structure whose design was inspired by Christian churches, with an interior decorated by frescoes in geometric patterns, and Moorish vaults. If you have time, get tickets to enjoy a show at the marvelous Opera House (we had the privilege to visit it by ourselves on an evening off, enjoying a sparkly aperitif on a terrace that is usually closed to the public!) If you can’t go, for whichever reason, at least see their beautiful cafeteria, and don’t miss a trip to the washroom: the walls there tell many stories. IT WILL SEDUCE YOUR TASTEBUDS: RESTAURANTS IN BUDAPEST Once we realized our heart was beating a tad faster, there was another question to answer: will we have similar tastes? In food, of course! Imagine, your new match invites you for a nice dinner at their place: all you can do is pray all the gods of Hungary that you will be compatible. The answer is, yes we were, Budapest completely seduced our tastebuds. Our tour among the best restaurants in the city was very intense and satisfying, to say the least, and all the places we visited left a positive impression. Would you like to eat typical Hungarian fare, like goulash? Then, go to Baltazár. Feeling the sudden urge to eat a burger? Then ÉS Bisztró is the place to go. If you want to taste the best foie gras, 21 Restaurant will be your destination. Trust us, it wasn’t easy to make everyone happy, since all of us like to eat, but one of us is very particular about what they eat, another has food allergies, and another doesn’t like sweets. Still, despite all this, Budapest didn’t disappoint any of us! THE FIRST IMPRESSION DEFINITELY MATTERS: SHOPPING IN BUDAPEST Even if we are no fashion victims, the way a person dresses definitely can make someone more or less charming to our eyes. What if Budapest’s style was not our thing? That was not the case: guided by our friend Festy, we toured the city, discovering the most interesting fashion brands in Hungary, and we fell in love with the minimalist, chic style of these brands, characterized by a simple yet complex sense of aesthetics, made of sleek lines and eye-catching details. Pay a visit to the Nanushka monobrand store, where even the most basic items like high-necked pullovers and jackets have a chic allure thanks to the smart of use of materials — such as tech-linen, which doesn’t get crumpled and is therefore perfect for travelling — and their sophisticated designs that got even Gigi Hadid to fall in love with one of their dresses. If you want something cool, that follows catwalks trends, go to USE Unused: their little dresses are feminine and casual, and they will catch everyone’s eye. THE FIRST NIGHT TOGETHER, OR, THE HOTEL Will he snore? Will he be a restless sleeper? Will we curl up in our sleep? Will I be comfortable in his bed? The first time you stay over at someone’s place is never easy, and sleeping comfortably is always a good sign of harmony with a partner. Once again, Budapest did not disappoint us. We chose the city’s most historic hotel, the Pest-Buda, which recently reopened after a renovation that took care of its 17th century structure, integrating these elements into a modern and current dimension, literally winning our hearts. Fornasetti wallpaper, small SMEG fridges and contemporary art are in every room, decorated with furnishings that mix industrial design and retro styles, a blend that makes the hotel welcoming and cool at the same time. The location is perfect: it is located in Buda, up high, and it will offer you magic moments during summer nights, when you stop by on the city walls after a beautiful evening out, to admire the glittering landscape of the city. Very romantic. MAKE YOURSELF BEAUTIFUL: BEAUTY AND RELAXATION IN BUDAPEST We understand you might want to dress up for your first date, it’s something we would do, too. Luckily, one of Budapest’s traditions is the perfect blend of beauty and relaxation… We are talking about thermal baths. Go to the Gellert baths to dive into the past, between thermal waters, mosaics and massage that will completely revitalize you. For a facial treatment, and a bit of beauty shopping, visit Omorovicza, the shop of a historic brand founded in the Hungarian capital, which made thermal water the focus point of its luxury skin care collection, perfect to spice up your beauty routine. So, are you ready to fall in love?
Spring Summer 2017’s eye makeup is all about pop colors!
18-05-2017 15:24:38
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How does a trend make its way from the catwalk into our daily life? Sometimes it’s a conscious decision: we see something we like, and decide to copy it. Other times, it’s an unconscious decision: we suddenly find ourselves wanting to wear a certain item, or wishing to do our makeup with a certain product, and there we are, suddenly riding the season’s trend. So, if over the past few weeks you caught yourself thinking that it would be an excellent idea to give your gaze an explosive touch with a little orange mascara, or stopped in front of the shelf with blue eyeshadows for longer than usual, make sure you follow these sudden urges, because pop colors on our eyes will be one of the strongest makeup trends for Spring Summer 2017. Yes, we realize it might seem like a risky choice at first: honestly, how does one wear yellow eyeshadow? The truth is, it all depends on context, and on your look, of course. But we guarantee that the first step is the hardest, and after that, it will be a walk in the park. Imagine yourself on a beach, having a cocktail with a beautiful dress on your tanned skin, your tan brought out by makeup in orange hues. Marvelous, right? Those of you who live in Milan are probably already complaining: but it just won’t stop raining! Well, it can’t rain all the time, we answer. And if summer is a little behind schedule, we might as well use our valuable time to get used to wearing eyeshadow in pop colors, starting with colder hues, like red and blue: that won’t create an excessively bold contrast with the not-exactly-blue sky over our heads the past few weeks. When sunshine and hot weather finally come, you will be all ready to move on to orange and turquoise eyeshadows. So, did we convince you?
Woman Crush Wednesday: Sadie Sink
17-05-2017 10:18:03
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Hi all, we are talking to you from The Blonde Salad’s HQ, and we must confess to something: we are hopelessly, totally, desperately awaiting the second season of Stranger Things. We are looking for news about a possible release date, asking ourselves if Eleven will still be part of the group, curious about whether any new faces will join the cast. And that was how we stumbled upon Sadie Sink, the young, up and coming actress who will be one of the new main characters in the next season. Sadie was born in Texas in 2002 — goodness, so young! — in a family of limited means, and she has a younger sister whom she loves unconditionally. Despite her very young age, her role in Stranger Things will not be her first acting role. Our nerdiest readers might remember this little girl, her flame-red hair and her happy-go-lucky attitude from other TV shows that are mostly famous Stateside, such as American Odyssey, Blue Bloods, The Americans, The Bleeder and The Audience, in which she played young Queen Elizabeth. Let us say that, at only 15, little Sadie Sink already has an enviable career. After playing Max in one of the most awaited TV shows of the year, nothing will stop her anymore. Max will be a tomboy kind of character, with a complicated, odd personality. How will she relate to the boys we already got to know from season one? Wow, we just can’t wait to find out. Actually, Sadie, if you happen to be reading: how much longer do we need to wait?
Beauty Brand 2 Know: Hannes Dòttir
8-03-2017 10:28:28
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Janis Kristianson, and her father Hannes Arthur, in a way. One night, many years ago, the main character of our story had a dream, in which her father wrote a detailed list of ingredients for her, pointing out their utmost importance to her. After startling awake, she connected the dots, listening to her intuition, and tried to figure out what was hiding behind those mysterious ingredients. After a succession of unsuccessful experiments, Janis created Seamasque, the central product of her skincare line Hannes Dòttir (Icelandic for Hannes’ daughter). Iceland’s sea kelp are at the heart of the formula: their regenerating power is well known to the more hardcore beauty fans. The line is not new, actually it has been on the market for a few years. After a revamp, it rocketed into the center of the skincare world, becoming most coveted by lots of beauty editors all over the world – including myself. It might be their mysterious origin, it might be Janis’s intensive work on formulas, either way, Hannes Dòttir’s products feel a little magical. The seaweed inside the products has the magical ability to become more effective exactly when the area you are treating needs it the most. Even after just one application, Seamasque will make your skin glow, and it will make it look more homogenous. Imagine what will happen when you use the masque twice a week as recommended! Hannes Dòttir is an essential, effective and minimalist line (all ingredients are natural, surprise surprise). It passed our test with flying colors! Just one word of warning though, you might not want to open the door to the pizza delivery guy with this mask on your face. Of the myriads of products we test every month, this might be the oddest you will see on yourself in the mirror: it’s green because of the sea kelp inside it. Give yourself 20 minutes of happy solitude, and your face will look like a diva’s!
Woman Crush Woman: Valentina Sampaio
8-03-2017 10:01:25
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If we asked you to close your eyes and imagine your ideal model, what would be her essential features? A perfect body, a magnetic gaze, full, beautiful lips and the attitude of a femme fatale. And that is just what Valentina Sampaio, our WCW of the week and transgender celebrity model, looks like. Other than working as a model, Valentina has nothing in common with Sara, her most famous colleague. Valentina was born in Brazil, in beautiful coastal town Fortaleza, to be precise, and as can be the case around those parts, her childhood was everything but happy and carefree. Her father is a fisherman, and despite the family’s struggle and modest background, they still managed to give her the love and support she needed, overcoming all sorts of discrimination, together with her daughter. You don’t have to be educated to be smart, and Valentina’s family understood early on that their son didn’t feel comfortable in a boy’s body. That is how, at 8, Valentina started her journey with a psychologist, who also noted her discomfort with her male body, as she didn’t recognize that body as her own. When she became a teenager, she became Valentina, and also an LGBT icon worldwide. Since she was small, the young Brazilian attracted attention thanks to her beauty, that brought her on the catwalk at 16 already, for the show of the fashion school she attended. But not even the best tarot reader in the world could have predicted where her journey would take her next, from that runway to the cover of Vogue Paris (and that wasn’t even her first cover, since she was already featured on Elle Brasil before that!). Now that she is everywhere on editorials and on the pages of the best glossy magazines in the world, Valentina has a new aim, that is, to make it at fashion shows, too. And she will surely make it very soon, considering how quickly she rose to the stars. There is nothing else to say, all there is to do is to be happy about how the fashion world seems to be groundbreaking in the battle to break down the barriers for those who are different. Viva Valentina! All the photos are taken from Valentina Sampaio Instagram profile
How to choose your own signature scent, or, the fragrance people will remember you for
7-03-2017 12:07:12
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Collecting perfumes is beautiful and fun. I challenge you to disagree. The first time I heard the expression “fragrance closet” my heart jumped with joy: there was a semi-rational reason for my eternal collection of samples! The idea is that a different scent will work for a different occasion, or a different season, for your mood, or the place where you are. These memories will be related to this fragrance, just like the photos you snapped with your smartphone. My perfume collection includes a lot of pieces I can’t really get rid of exactly because of that: they aren’t just a scent anymore, they are more than that, they are part of a voyage, of a tale. Have you ever asked yourself what happens when you are the memory brought along by a scent? A while ago, I was dating a guy who made me think of this. He said the way I kept switching perfume was confusing for him, because he would have liked to have memories of me with the perfume I was wearing the first time we met. I thought he was a cross between a madman and a nuisance, to be honest. But then again, he was right. The way we remember an experience is not only connected to things or locations, a large part of our memories is made of the people who shared those experiences with us. The perfume everyone will remember you for is very poetically called your “signature scent”. It is literally your scent signature, the fragrance that leaves a mark: this is also an interesting idea, of course. The one thing we have to clarify, then, is how to pick it. It’s not easy, that is for sure. You can’t be stubborn and just think you can solve the issue by a quick dash at the perfume store – even if you went to the best one in the world, its stock still wouldn’t be enough. It’s not an impossible mission either, though, and in the next few paragraphs, I will try to guide you and help you choose your signature scent. These tips are for those of us, like me, who struggle to choose the same perfume every day. If you have been wearing the same fragrance since junior high, just jump to the last paragraph: I have something for you, too. Try them all. Go to the store and smell everything you can handle before your nose loses its ability to distinguish smells. At that point, get out of the store, have a coffee – coffee smell reactivates the nostrils’ receptors – and go back to your search. Don’t be ashamed to ask for samples: since you are considering a long-term relationship, the least you can do is have all the information you need before you make a decision. One important note: it would be hazardous for me to tell you what sort of olfactory note you should go for, I am not enough of an expert. There is good news, though: there are lots of online tests that can help you learn what ingredients would work best for you, based on your taste and personality. Another rookie-proof tactic is asking the sales assistant to let you try a best-selling fragrance from each category: this will help you understand what you like and what you don’t very quickly. Listening to your friends is essential. They always know how to keep you away from bad guys, they can help you choose the right person who won’t make you suffer. Similarly, also ask someone you trust to judge the results of the olfactory tests you are running: you might not notice that a fragrance really doesn’t work for you until someone else tells you about it. In the same way, your favorite scent might not be appreciated by those around you, and there is nothing worse than being associated to an unpleasant scent. A bit of constructive feedback is definitely what you will need to give you some pointers for your search. Or in this case, by its bottle. If you can, try to find a perfume store that will let you do a “blind test”, trying out fragrances without knowing anything about the bottle it comes from – this is how you will know that it’s the scent that matters to you, and not the label. Once, when I played this game, I discovered I have the same taste in perfume as an Arab sheikh’s, actually. What you discover might be astonishing. Of course, later on you will understand that love wasn’t so great after all, or that the time to break up had come for you two. What I want to say here is that, even if I fervently believe in “happily ever after” I don’t think that there is such a thing with perfume. If you worry about changing your mind in a month or a year, stop worrying. What matters is that it is good as long as it lasts, and that you can feel one with your temporary soulmate. If you want your signature scent to benefit from the novelty factor, have a look at the gallery. We collected a few fragrances you can try right now to be one step ahead of everyone else, and have an unmistakable scent!
5 good reasons to choose a cruise for your next vacation!
7-03-2017 11:05:51
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“Why don’t we go on a cruise, this summer?” “Yeah, maybe with granny?” That always seems to be the conversation when one tries to discuss spending summer holidays — and not only! — on a cruise, right? Not everyone might say exactly that, but there is definitely a stereotype that identifies cruises as the kind of boring trip that would just suit your granny. Or your auntie maybe, definitely a good trip for a senior citizen. Personally speaking, I always strongly disliked cliches, because they are usually used to diminish people, or situations, like in this case. Just like the aviation industry changed so much over the past few years, so did cruise ships, and these changes made cruises very suitable for younger audiences. Experts swear that cruise tourism is growing every year. If you don’t believe in stats and projections, we are here with 5 good reasons to consider going on a cruise. Ready to sail?   1. You pay once to get to multiple amazing destinations. We hardly have time to go to the grocery store and end up having our shopping delivered home — how are we supposed to find the time to organize a multi-city or even multi-country vacation? Planning takes time and effort, and cruise ships easily take you to many wonderful destinations in different countries. All you have to do is just enjoy your time on the ship, waiting to get to the next city. A few examples: you can travel around the tropics or the Caribbean, and of course, there is always the classic trip around the Mediterranean that includes Greece, the Aeolian islands, Italy, Spain and southern France. 2. An unusual weekend! Leaving for the weekend became a habit, for the lucky ones who can afford it, at least. Sometimes, though, you end up going to the same places over and over, going to granny’s at the beach, or visiting a friend at their mountain hut, perhaps. Ever thought of going on a weekend cruise, though, leaving Thursday to Monday? That is actually one of the new, original ideas cruise companies came up with, to win the hearts of long weekend lovers. Of course, you can’t go too far on these mini-cruises, but it will definitely be a memorable weekend! 3. Boredom, what is that again? Once you start your trip and get settled in your cabin, getting bored will be practically impossible. This kind of trip is usually considered by travelers also because of the numerous activities it offers, round the clock. As well as your usual casinos and arcades, you can also find modern gyms, spas, jacuzzis with wonderful views, and in the evening, if you are visiting a city, you can go to the theater or maybe go to the movies. One thing is for sure, we bet you would never manage to get to the end of the trip without testing all these activities at least once! 4. Drink as much as you want – no designated drivers needed! So, let’s be honest here: holidays are also a time for you to sit back, relax and lose control a little, trying out food and perhaps drinking more than the usual. Cocktails are just the perfect drink for the hot temperatures, to party every evening. On a cruise, you won’t have to worry about who is going to drive home, although we still recommend that you don’t overdo it, so you can protect your dignity and save yourself a walk of shame across the ship the next day! As for this, we suggest you pick an open bar option when available, so you don’t have to worry about the check at the end of your trip. Your only mission will be resisting the temptation of the multiple bars you will find inside the ship. 5. The sea is a wonderful thing! Of course, on top of all the things that we just mentioned, the sea is what makes the difference. Traveling while being so close to an ocean or to the Mediterranean will be a magical feeling. The noise of waves and the color of the water change from coast to coast, and you will see some of the most beautiful port cities in the world. You will also get a chance to be the first to watch the sun rise from the water, and the last to wave it goodbye, with a sundowner on deck.
Face The Wild, Face The Camera
6-03-2017 16:52:26
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Have you ever been in a desert, under an unforgiving sun that makes your throat burn? If you spent even just a few hours among the dunes before, you will remember that feeling of getting slowly roasted by the sun, and the constant need to drink. Now, imagine you are in a desert, and not just any desert: you are in the world’s driest one, the Anza Borrego desert in southern California, a lunar landscape with temperatures that make it a very tough place for anyone who ventures into it. That is where SK-II took Chiara for its Face The Wild|Face The Camera, a project made in a collaboration with National Geographic for which four celebrities went to locations characterized by extreme weather, to test the effectiveness of the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence in even the most extreme situations. Chiara went to the Anza Borrego desert with National Geographic reporter Hanna Reyes, for a hike that was very testing for the body’s levels of hydation, and even more so for her skin. Right after the hike, photographer Jesper McIlroy photographed her to show how her skin had been kept fair and completely hydrated by the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. The product is made of 90% of Pitera, a natural ingredient that contains over 50 different micro nutrients that help protect our skin even in extreme weather conditions. Watch the video to share Chiara’s experience, and have a look at the photos taken in the desert here!
Man Crush Monday: Ashton Sanders
6-03-2017 14:17:50
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Best supporting actor, best original screenplay and, of course, the most coveted prize of all: best film. These were the Oscars won by the surprise Academy winner feature of the year, Moonlight. And one of the actors starring in Moonlight, Ashton Sanders, is our Man Crush of the week. In the film, he stars in the role of a teenage gay boy, who becomes a favorite target of intimidation in the district he lives in, surrounded by violence and bullying. Ashton is only 21 years old and this was his most important experience to date, despite already having been the main character in the drama The Retrieval. The Oscar, and the public attention it granted him, will definitely be a springboard to greatness for this young Californian actor. And of course, fashion, has already set its eye on today’s It-boy, as is often the case. During NY Fashion Week, designer Raf Simons had Ashton in first row at his very first show as new Calvin Klein creative director, and that should have told us something. We found out what that something is over the last few days: the brand announced that Ashton will be the face, or the body, to be more precise, of the new Calvin Klein Underwear campaign, together with the other actors who played Chiron in Moonlight. There is something to celebrate for his cinema career, too: when Ashton wasn’t even done taking in the news about the Oscars yet, he was offered a main role in Inner City, alongside an all-star cast that includes Denzel Washington and Colin Farrel among others. If he played a character with a shy, more introverted nature as Chiron, his actual nature is actually right at the other end of the spectrum. The media spotlight does not intimidate him at all, actually it might possibly be a source of fun for him, as can be seen in the multiple editorials in which he shows off his charm and his decisive character. If you look at his official profile, you will watch him have fun with his friends, striking funny poses and showing his style in the meantime! Without a doubt, the man has all it takes to make it big! All the photos are taken from Ahston Sanders Instagram profile
MFW Fall Winter 2017-2018: Less is More or More is More?
6-03-2017 12:24:13
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Minimalist vs Maximalist. If we had to summarize Milan Fashion Week into one sentence, it would be this: Fall Winter 2017-2018 in Milan was a clash of titans, in which brands engaged in a battle between those whose design is guided by essential perfection, and those going for the creative chaos of “more is more”. This is actually an age-old conflict that traces its roots back to the 1980s, when brands like Costume National and Calvin Klein were flying the flag of clean silhouettes, clashing against the crazy eclecticism that had dominated the decade until their arrival on the scene — the same eclecticism that made its comeback this season at the Milan shows, with Gucci on the first day and Max Mara on the second, heading the two factions. At its first show in its new spaces in via Mecenate, the former reiterated its aesthetics, clearly generating from street-style, made of layering, contrast, colors and prints matched together entirely liberally, with no rules, and a taste for catching the eye. The latter relied on the purity of monochrome looks, with a subtle interplay of ton sur ton, and classic items such as turtlenecks and tailored pants as the emblem of a timeless style that is always in fashion, but that might also come across as revolutionary in today’s fashion as they did in the 1990s. These are two of the most extreme factions in a constant interplay between minimalist and maximalist styles that could be seen in almost every show: while some brands might be closer to one faction or the other due to history and identity — as is Jil Sander‘s and Ferragamo‘s case on the the sleek side, and in Moschino‘s and Antonio Marras‘s case on the side of whimsical creativity — in most of the shows you can clearly notice a clear line between extremely clean looks, sometimes characterized by bright colors — like orange, a great trend this season — and looks that focus on a mix of patterns, remarkable decoration, logos, prints and flamboyant styling. Any examples? Versace, with a collection that starts out minimalist and then explodes into a splash of lettering on its tulle clothing; Emilio Pucci, whose soul is clearly split, with dresses that come either in black or entirely covered in prints; MSGM, whose collection includes colorful prints and a series of looks in which the only touch of eclecticism is on the sleeves, entirely covered in ruches. Less is More, or More is More? We really feel like we can’t pick sides, because we want the freedom to choose sides every day, when we wake up, depending on our mood. In fashion, those who profess faith for just one style always end up contradicting themselves sooner or later, after all!
Beauty products? Put them all in your bag
3-03-2017 12:34:48
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We are all in a rush, all the time. It might sound obvious, but it is so very true. After snoozing our alarm about 23 times, rushing in the morning is basically unavoidable. Those people who wake up right when the alarm goes off… How do they do it? Are they even human? Anyway, getting back to serious matters, we are lucky that the beauty industry is always one step ahead of us. Entire R&D departments there are thinking about how much we sleep, about what products we might need to look presentable at work, and about how many cubic meters we may or may not have in our bag for those products. Luckily, experts are smart, and they decided to help us in our daily struggle to stop our bag from looking as huge as Mary Poppins’one. They developed a scientific formula that balances our patience, the available space for makeup, the time at which our alarm goes off and the time we make it to work. According to their calculations, the solution is very simple: just bring your products in your bag with you! Pocket-sized, bag-friendly makeup is a true lifesaver. It uses up half as much space, and offers double satisfaction, because these aren’t just mini products, they are true multitasking gems that can take care of so many issues in one gesture. Think about lipsticks with small brushes, makeup sponges that absorb excess oils from your skin, bicolor sticks… The list is endless, we could go on for days! We collected our must-have products right now in the gallery. Enjoy!
Beauty Brand 2 Know: Bésame Cosmetics
1-03-2017 20:09:04
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Gabriela Hernandez, artist, makeup historian and designer, moved to the US when she was only 12, bring her best memories with her from Buenos Aires. The moments during which she watched her grandmother do her makeup as a kid are among those memories, and they were also her first contact with the makeup world. After graduating from art school and a 10-year career, she decided to start her very own personal project: giving a new life to vintage cosmetics, by giving them a new skin. That was how Bésame Cosmetics was born in 2004. Since that year, this brand allows its customers to relive that old Hollywood vibe with just a bit of mascara, or a dusting of face powder. Lipsticks are the collection’s focus, Gabriela designed them after an accurate research in flea markets and shops, looking for new/old shades to replicate. She likes calling this part of her work “treasure hunting”, and we could not agree more! As well as by its captivating expressiveness and image, Bésame Cosmetics is a company that is also characterized by the quality of its products. It offers something different in the field of makeup, something useful as well as delightful. This was always the founder’s aim, who did not just want to mindlessly copy an era, but rather also bring it back to life in every woman’s makeup, anytime they wish to have that. Each nuance is the exact replica of a shade from the past, studied in every detail to obtain the same unique color, but with a new formula that can perform, without drying your lips like lipsticks of yore used to do. Our favorite detail? The experience is enhanced and completed by the scent of these vintage cosmetics, that leaves a trail of nostalgia behind, and that will make you want to open your cosmetics just to smell them.
The New Wave of Milano: The Blonde Salad party
1-03-2017 15:05:01
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Milan, 10PM, not just another Thursday, during a fashion week that will make history for TBS. It’s the night of our very first The Blonde Salad party, a celebration we organized for months on end, shoulder to shoulder with i-D, and finally, tonight is the night. There is already a long line outside the Salone delle Cavallerizze, the new industrial-style space within Milan’s Museo della Scienza e della Tecnica, the science and technology museum, and a few raindrops are falling, seemingly blessing our first large-scale event: we have no intention to let a little rain dampen our enthusiasm, and our guests seem to agree with us. While the first few DJs are warming up the atmosphere, Chiara arrives on the Maserati she rode for the past week, and parks it under the wall with our giant logo. We join her for our traditional group picture, and realize that there are so many of us that we almost don’t fit: 30 people, from all walks of life, of all ages, brought together by passion, and with a common aim for tonight: the wish to have fun! And so, the party officially gets started. While the boys at the bar are working hard, preparing Campari-based drinks for a growing number of guests, Petite Meller, our performer for the night, steps onto the stage and starts singing with her musicians. Mobile Girl and Why Be + Total Freedom follow her at the turntables, staying with us until 2AM. People are getting lost and finding one another again, getting drinks for one another, taking photos at our Samsung 3D photo booth, challenging the incessant rain for a cigarette. Girls are getting their makeup touched up by YSL’s makeup artists, who are ready to fix any damage done by the intense night. The new Adidas campaign, featuring outsiders celebrating individuality, is showing on the maxi screens alongside our best videos, and images by the young talents of Marangoni fashion school. If the idea of talent could be defined by a single image, it would have to be a blurred frame that includes all of these images: this is the world’s new wave, this is Milan, the city that is now unstoppable. It’s 2AM: lights out, we are told to leave. The party might be over, but for us, this is just the beginning. Pics by Lodovico Colli di Felizzano A special thanks to our institutional partner, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana
Woman Crush Wednesday: Halima Aden
1-03-2017 10:12:48
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The fashion shows of the latest weeks made history, and they will hardly be forgotten. In today’s complicated political and social times, that seem to be getting more and more hostile towards minorities, the fashion world, normally considered ever so frivolous, actually played an incredible role and was of great inspiration. This unexpected surprise on the part of the fashion world over the last few days had great impact, and showed that all are equal on the catwalk, and that there is no discrimination based on gender and religion. The symbol of all of this is Halima Aden, a 19-year-old model who was born in Kenya but is now an American citizen. What is unusual about her is that she is a devout Muslim, meaning she wears hijab on the catwalks, too. Last year, she took part in the Miss Minnesota pageant in a burkini, and last week, she was on the catwalk in her hijab for Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 5, and she made her European debut in Milan, thanks to Alberta Ferretti and Max Mara. Let’s take one more step back into time now, because the young African model is not only a proud Muslim, she is also the survivor of a very difficult, challenging childhood, since she ended up in a refugee camp at only 6. Some people can fall into a black pit of sadness when they find themselves in this kind of situation, others get fortified, growing wiser than their actual age. This was Halima’s case. With her beauty, with her deep, soulful eyes and her slender body, she became a model for so many Muslim women, and not only. Her message is loud and clear: there is space for everyone! Halima is attending Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota, and she can’t wait for graduation day, one of the most important days in her life. In the meantime, the world admires her, begging her not to leave the catwalks. Her agency, New York’s IMG Models, which also represents other top models such as Gigi and Bella Hadid and Elsa Hosk, foresees a bright future for this beautiful Kenyan. So, it doesn’t really matter whether fashion is going to be just a phase in her life, because our WCW has already left a mark in this world. We really would like to thank Halima, and all the others who contributed to bringing this message of solidarity and equality. All the photos are taken from Halima Aden Instagram profile
5 beauty trends for Fall Winter 2017-2018 from MFW
28-02-2017 12:44:06
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Another season is over, and so is our endless wandering from backstages to shows and back. We are basically playing as home team when following Milan Fashion Week, so it is even easier in this case for us to watch trends as they develop live. We tried to pick up on the prettiest beauty details we noticed at shows over the last few days, and most of all, we tried to identify the ones that seemed to recur most often: two is a coincidence, three is a trend! So, here are the 5 beauty trends for Fall Winter 2017-2018 that you really shouldn’t miss. Who said beach waves are only good for summer? They will be seen on everyone’s heads next winter, at least according to Fendi, Trussardi, Gucci, Max Mara and Ricostru… We have two tips for you, if you would like this hairstyle: the first one is that the winter version of beach waves doesn’t require volume at the roots, so kiss your texturing spray goodbye. The second tip is, your straightener will be your best your friend, to help you achieve that messy-but-not-messy look for your locks. You don’t need highlighters to lighten up your cheeks: what you need is an illuminating, peach-colored blush! This hue works with just about any skin tone, all you will have to do is adjust how much of it you will apply. On richer skin tones, try applying your favorite blush with a slightly moist sponge, to get a wet look. Technically, this is more of a styling trend, rather than a beauty one. Either way, you shouldn’t miss it! Wrap your hair in your warmest scarf, it will make you look tremendously chic and never let you feel cold. This trend evolved from the famous “Céline tuck”, in which you tucked your hair inside your sweater’s neckline. It’s all about changing the layering! Another makeup trend that encourages us to get delicately daring. The idea here is to add a touch of color in a very natural look, to liven it up a little. The color you pick doesn’t have to necessarily work with your outfit, actually, if you go for contrast, you will look terrific! Our favorite techniques? A touch of eyeliner or pencil, both on the upper and lower eyelids, to frame your gaze in an entirely new setting. If you are regular readers, this is hardly news: low ponies were already on every catwalk in Spring Summer 2017, and it is cool to watch this style evolve into its more winter-friendly interpretations. The focus is on how you decide to lock your hairstyle: have a look at the ribbons by Philosophy, or at Vionnet’s beautiful twisted torchon-style locks.
Not just toast! Avocados are now part of our beauty routine
27-02-2017 16:51:47
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Good news! Our avo toast obsession can also be beauty-motivated now. Avocados aren’t only just great on toast, sliced or as guacamole: they are great for your skin, too. How? Well, avocados are so rich in nutrients and the oil you can extract from them is packed with amazing properties. Avocado oil is edible, it is rich in unsaturated fatty acids as well as vitamins A, D and E, Omega 3, lecithin, antioxidants, potassium and proteins. It penetrates your skin really well, and it gets absorbed quickly, making it easier for your skin to take in the nutrients it needs. Avocado oil is recommended for dry, sensitive, damaged and mature skin, since it will help nourish it, and give it a new glow. You can reap all these benefits by using smashed ripe avocado pulp as a beauty mask – although it might end up being a little troublesome and inconvenient, so you might be better off keeping avocado pulp for toast. A simpler option is adding avocado oil to your favorite products. Oil comes in many forms, there are cold pressed ones, usually for cooking or eating; others are extracted through solvents, to then be treated, purified and clarified for cosmetic use. In this case, those oils will look like an odorless, golden liquid. The antioxidants in avocado oil are particularly helpful for sunburnt skins, and generally skin that has been overexposed to UV rays, including the ones from sunbeds. It’s also good to heal small burns from domestic accidents, to heal small cuts and to help scars fade, too. Masks are our favorite way to enjoy the benefits of avocados: whether they come as creams or as tissue masks, they are just an unbeatable shock treatment that will give your skin all the rehydration it needs! Lecithin and potassium, also known as the mineral of youth, are both helpful for your skin, as well as your hair. In this regard, avocado oil can solve problems like itching, and it can help take care of dandruff issues. You can apply it on your scalp with a light massage, and in the long run, this will also stimulate hair growth. Avocado oil is often an ingredient in shampoos and masks, you can discover the best ones in our gallery.
Man Crush Monday: Filip Hrivnak
27-02-2017 10:36:36
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Take a hockey player with a beautiful body, and place him on the catwalk of a super cool fashion brand: the result is a sure victory! Filip Hrivnak, 21 year-old- Slovak model, is building a truly remarkable career in the fashion world, but without abandoning his love for hockey, swimming and tennis. In 2013, this sportsman started dividing his time between playing and being on the catwalk, appearing at the shows of MSGM, Calvin Klein and Balmain. This tall, dark and handsome man also attracted the attention of Emporio Armani, who picked him as testimonial for the Spring Summer 2016 campaign, while Versace chose him for its Spring 2017 campaign, photographed by Bruce Weber. His idol is is Canadian model Simon Nessman, and he dreams to become an underwear and fragrance model for Calvin Klein. He is very self-assured, and he declared in an interview that he is aware of his appeal thanks to women’s fascination with him. Still, he doesn’t like posing without clothes, he doesn’t like to go and there is a clear line he doesn’t want to cross: in the editorial “Love Machine”, in which he featured with Lara Stone for W magazine’s February 2015 issue, he thanked photographer Steven Klein for respecting his wish to not strip down too much. We can see his integrity in his gentle blue eyes, he has a gentleness to him that he doesn’t try to hide and that he openly expresses by talking about his wish for a family: he dreams of becoming the father of a future little football player boy. It seems he hasn’t found his soulmate yet, so, there is still time for us to win his heart! All the photos are taken from Filip Hrivnak Instagram profile
Your guide to buying the perfect nude lipstick
24-02-2017 18:51:36
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If at one point we all go crazy trying to buy the perfect nude lipstick, making it into the Holy Grail of our beauty product shopping… Well, blame the Kardashian-Jenner clan for that. Finding the perfect nude lipstick is almost like a second job, and for some, it also equals several hundreds of dollars, randomly spent testing the latest one their beauty guru just recommended to them, hoping they would find “the one”. Here is an incredible secret, get ready to reinvent the wheel now: if you go for a nude lipstick, it must be the right one for you. And that often has exactly zero relation to what will suit your favorite celebrity, or your best friend. The first step of this shopping guide is very simple: you have to figure out what color you are going for, if you are looking for a nude lipstick in a very pale, dull color – kind of like concealer, before 2010 nude lipsticks only came in these hues – or if you want something that reminds you of a rosebud that just bloomed, or perhaps a chocolate milk bar, or if you want to go for taupe, or greige, like Kylie, and have a bit of grey in there. It’s easy to figure out if the color you like would suit you, and it won’t cost you a cent. Find the picture of a color you like on a magazine, and place the photo close to your face: this will be enough to understand if that color is a bad idea or not, trust us. Step two: choose your finish. It might seem easy, but there are more things to consider than just your personal taste. Matte lipsticks dry your lips, so if you want a nude lipstick to wear for the whole day, matte ones are really not a good idea, unless they come in a special, moisturizing formula. There are some of them on the market, but they are usually at the higher end of the price range. If you want something that can lighten up your face and that is comfortable, too, go for a cream texture. Both lipsticks and pencils will be fine, you will have to reapply during the day a few times, but your lips will be grateful to you for not choosing an excessively dry formula. Last but not least, balms and semi-transparent textures are also good – we are consciously staying away from gloss, which is something entirely different and does not count as a nude. Balms and semi-transparent textures have the advantage that you don’t even need a mirror for applying: this kind of finish is so light that even if you make a mistake when applying, it will only last a few seconds. And now, you are ready to shop. Have a look here to check out our favorites, accurately divided by category, because we really want you to make a good decision. A nude is forever! Oh wait, was that diamonds, maybe…?
In London, Fall Winter 2017 is a revolutionary Spring
23-02-2017 15:28:46
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When it comes to fashion week, London is always a breath of fresh air, a few almost unreal days during which you are still working hard, but with a lighter, almost irreverent attitude, with the knowledge that what you will see on the catwalk will definitely be something different, maybe even impossible to wear, and that might be exactly what will make it super creative. London is a space in which dreaming is still allowed, and dreams have no substance, no directions, no limits: the unimaginable becomes possible here. This is what makes LFW very difficult to reduce into just a list of trends, as that would be restrictive: even if we see clear trends on the catwalk — the strongest in Fall Winter 2017 ones are sequins all day long, and a peculiar tendency to use alpine clothes and decor, from those typical mountain jumpers to floral decorations and extremely high-waisted pants with suspenders. What matters is the message of every single show, which is expressed not only through clothing but also through music, location and atmosphere. If every show is a world to itself, this time, while looking at the collections and walking the streets of London — blessed by unusually mild temperatures — the impression was that the whole city, not just LFW, wanted to send us a message way too important for it to just be buried under a mere question of style, a message of protest and rebirth at the same time. In one word, a spring. A spring that began in the street: animal right activists spent the whole weekend gathered outside the spaces of the British Fashion Council, demanding a ban on real fur in all collections, and on Monday, a large number of citizens demonstrated against President Trump’s state visit. The president was invited by Prime Minister Theresa May, but he was not a welcome guest, as was shown by the almost 2 million signatures gathered by petitioners who demanded that his visit is cancelled. This spring spilled onto the catwalks, in a very different way: while people outside were raising their voice to be listened to, inside there was no need for that — everyone was already sitting, waiting to listen, and no one needed to raise their voice. Actually, sometimes, words were just useless. Chalayan demonstrated this by returning to London with a collection bearing the self-explanatory title Act to Form, and a show in which the models acted, rather than just walk, ripping their clothes off, unleashing a rain of streamers. Yes, because the time has come to act, awaken, and take the reins of society back in our hands, lest we all fall into hibernation. Get up — and carry your blankets with you if you need to, as was done at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi — and go hunt for some stimulus, culture and art. Look at things from a different perspective: who said that everything has to follow a pattern, that what we don’t know is wrong? London makes us appreciate the beauty of asymmetry, so much so that the trends we saw on the catwalk were tops with sleeves in different styles, and irregular necklines. London teaches us that if we never saw something before, that doesn’t imply that it is incorrect, just that it is different. Have you ever tried wearing a sweater on one shoulder only, with the sleeves tied on one side? Pringle of Scotland did, and the effect is so cool that we will follow suit very soon. Have you ever worn a rain of sequins during the day, maybe at the office? Ports 1961 weaved its sequins into wool, and its sweater became our new object of desire. The truth is that there are no rules, that the only rule you should follow is love. “You are cuter than you think“, “Don’t give up on your dreams“, “United in difference“, “Keep hoping“: these are only some of the glitter and sequin messages that we saw at Ashish‘s, a show that moved many of the guests, leaving very few dry eyes in the house — and ours were not among those. Because no, it is not too late after all, and yes, every gesture counts. And even if sometimes we lose hope, thinking that we are too small to make a difference, just watch the finale of Burberry‘s show, over and over. The ending of the show featured the same fake casual look that they had showcased throughout the show, but transformed into touching theatrical costume, thanks to incredibly elaborate shrugs, feather capes, and embroidered corsets that required hours of craft. The practical demonstration of how everything can be turned upside down in an instant, even when everything already seems set — all you have to do is wish for it.
The lazy girl diary: last night a cleansing balm saved my life
23-02-2017 13:58:58
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My mother is a skin goddess. Every night and day, she meticulously takes care of it, and I must say that at 60, her face looks beautiful, enviable, and completely natural. Naively, she tried to pass down this good habit to me, since I was a teenager. Unfortunately, I am embarrassingly lazy, which is why I only listened to one of her many, precious good tips, but I follow that one rigorously: I remove my makeup, every night, no matter whether it is 9pm and I am getting ready to spend the evening at home, or I am coming back at dawn after a night of alcohol and fun — anything can happen, really, but I will not go to bed without removing my makeup. Not so lazy, then, you might say. Well… True. But actually, I am lazy, and I have it easy because the only makeup I wear is on my eyes, sometimes on my lips, so in just one gesture, with biphasic makeup remover, I can clean my conscience and ignore everything else — including moisturizer, of course. «But, what about pollution, then? What about impurities, and aliens, and all that?». I can hear you already. Who cares, is my answer. I am lazy, take me as I am, I will keep on being lazy until my face falls off. That would have been my answer until a week ago, to be precise, until I discovered the existence of a product that allows me to completely remove my makeup, which will make my towels happy, moisturize my skin, and even avoid buying those little cotton pads I always forget to get, and this is really the icing on the cake for me. This product, ladies and gentlement, is a cleansing balm. Of course, I owe this wonderful discovery to Giulia, my beauty guru, who also happens to be the beauty editor of The Blond Salad. A few days ago, she left this little jar on my desk, saying that it would entire revolutionize my evening routine. To tell you the truth, I did not believe her for a second, but since she told me you didn’t need any pads, and I was out of those anyway, I tested it on the very same day. Here is how it works: it feels like a sort of compact oil that melts when it touches the skin, after which, you proceed to massage it into your skin. The one I tried has a very faint rose fragrance, which made the whole experience even more pleasurable. After that, all you need to do is clean your face with a wet organza towel — mine was included in the pack, and it can be machine washed — that will take away all traces of makeup with it. The result is extremely clean and well hydrated skin. Of course, if I have to be honest: it took more than about 3 minutes, which might demotivate me one day, especially at 6am. But honestly, in winter, when cold weather and wind are attacking your skin left, right and center, knowing that you can hydrate as well as cleanse in only one gesture, is definitely an advantage you cannot ignore. The one downside? The organza towels have to be washed frequently, and every night they must be dried after use. But I am sure we can find a lazy-proof solution for that, too.
3 photo exhibitions you shouldn’t miss in Milan during MFW
23-02-2017 11:47:36
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Finally,  the fashion week carousel landed in Milan, and the city is getting animated by fashion-related events that are also open to the public, spreading this beautiful, positive energy in the city. This season in particular, photography is stealing our heart, and we are here to tell you about 3 exhibitions you really shouldn’t miss on your trip to Milan, or if you live there. “Dancing Emilia” Gabriele Basilico Where: in the spaces of Nonostante Marras When: From February 23 to March 26 In Antonio Marras’s poetic space, immersed in vintage furniture, dainty weaves and unusual objects, you can dive into an Italian 1970s summer, and join the escapist crowd going crazy on the dancefloor, along the melodies of local liscio — a folk dance from the northern Italian region of Romagna at the end of the 19th century — king Raoul Casadei, or perhaps along the disco beats of Saturday Night’s Fever. This multifaceted, psychedelic time in music was when discos and clubs first opened in the country, becoming an enchanted realm for Gabriele Basilico, who ventured into this new world with his camera, on dancefloors between Parma and Ravenna, to watch and tell the story of this great change in customs, and the arrival of new sounds, coexisting with local traditions. Fluttering miniskirts, strobe lights, glitter and flared pants are all telling signs of new behaviors, new entertainment spaces and styles, shifting alliances, new ways to relate between generations, and evolution of style. Everything is shifting, except for one thing: dance “People who dance, portraits, my flash digs into the darkness and portrays moments, gestures, smiles, presence and absence, it is a tool of investigation, but also, actually mostly, of recognition, a signal of work in progress, a memento for those who want to run away from it, and a point of reference for those who, in a spontaneous procession, want to be a part of the photographer’s representation.” Portraits by Maurizio Galimberti Where: Fashion Hub, in collaboration with the National Chamber of Italian Fashion When: until February 27 Before smartphones reduced the time between snapping a picture and sharing it on social media to zero, photos used to have to be developed, something which required time and shrouded our shots in mystery until the time we received the prints. There was one exception, though, and that was Polaroid — Instagram’s grandma! It was the 1980s and Italian photographer Maurizio Galimberti felt so fascinated by the sense of immediacy of this camera that it became the tool he used for his most famous work, Il mosaico fotografico, (the photographic mosaic), a deconstruction and recomposition of image, lending it a new interpretation. Galimberti was the founder of the Dada Polaroid movement, and he was soon chosen to portray a lot of characters from the show business with his “Mosaic” technique. At Fashion Hub, some of his most beautiful work is the frame around the work of new talent, young hopes of fashion from Italy and beyond. “Spaghetti Disco. Creare Spazio Alle Memorie 1975/85” Lorenzo Cibrario Where: Santeria Social Club When: Saturday March 11 Our path through music and revolution of style: as is often said, everything comes back over and over again, and music journalist Lorenzo Cibrario’s photos are a clear demonstration of this! London’s Red Gallery was the first to commission him a collection of the most moving adventures of Italian dance. During a complex political and social time that saw young generations fight for their rights, cultural crossovers came into being that would later influence global consumption and contemporary trends. “With the term Spaghetti Disco, you usually designate a specific kind of music that was produced in Italy at first, as well as in Europe later on, between the early 1970s and the late 1980s. The word spaghetti was used abroad to define this distinctly Italian musical style: pretty basic stuff, but it worked, I’m guessing also thanks to good marketing.” The photo exhibition and the original footage will be central to the Reverso – Festival di archeologia musicale, the Reverso festival of musical archeology, on Saturday March 11, in the space of Santeria Social Club.   
NYFW: 5 “new” brands to follow right now
22-02-2017 17:06:13
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New York fashion week is always very inspirational for us, as fans of new talents. Promoting creativity and young talent and projects is a part of our identity as TheBlondeSalad, all the power to young minds! And to enter our list of favorites, they don’t have to be 100% representative of our style, what matters to us is that they have a distinct identity that sets them apart from everyone else. So, who are these “new” designers we love, that we think you should follow? Here is our top 5! 1-Sies Marjan. This rather new brand is on its third collection, and we are crazy about it, thanks to its relaxed silhouttes and special colors. Fuchsia grabbed the spotlight on social media: to be precise, a total look of fuchsia dress + jacket was what caught our attention. Their palette doesn’t just stop there: so many hues of green, pink, orange, and generally of colors that are bright and “warm”. So, how about you get rid of your greys and blacks next winter, and go for summer colors instead? We say YES! 2. Cinq à Sept.We’ll admit it, we just fell in love with pretty much anything we saw at their show. The designer says their clothing is conceived for special occasions, but honestly, we think it could work on any day of the week! Super romantic dresses, grungy denim items and classic suits are among the looks that this brand offers. Velvet in peculiar colors and jacquard with oriental motifs were the two details that won our hearts. Follow it now! 3. Christopher Esber. This collection is  a mix of revisited basics, with the kind of sleek, sophisticated cuts that we would like to own and wear every day. Simple doesn’t mean incomplete in fashion, quite the opposite actually: if you find the right fabric, simplicity can lend absolute refinement to your style. Our favorite look? The sexiest trench ever, in vinyl-like black. ♥ 4. Snow Xue Gao. With their second collection that was presented at the NY Fashion Week, this brand was on the Vfiles catwalk, and the first time around, everyone was crazy about it. Their way of mixing classic and Asian suiting, seen in the coolest possible suits a designer can possibly imagine, is also their trump card: broad shoulders, asymmetric lengths and utterly uncommon shapes… Combined with kimono dresses and shirts with oriental motifs. We really can’t possibly imagine a better blend! 5. Ji Oh. Why invent a new, never-seen-before item, when you can rework a basic one by making it totally special? Taking essentials that are in any closet, and personalizing them through a process of deconstruction is typical Ji Oh. So, why did we like her so much? Well, lots of designers try to deconstruct basics, but the result is usually a product that is impossible to wear. Ji Oh managed to create clothing that can talk to young women who wants to be comfortable and free, without losing in refinement — this is how Ji Oh explained to us what the word “chic” really means.
Beauty Brand 2 Know: Allies of Skin
22-02-2017 10:49:39
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Nicolas Travis, 28-year-old entrepreneur and beauty lover from Singapore, is convinced of one thing: self-esteem and self-assuredness go hand in hand with feeling good in your own skin. After working in advertising and as a beauty editor, he decided to pursue his own dream of creating a skincare line that would make it possible to feel like that every day. The dream came true and became reality as Allies of Skin, a collection of products conceived to be simple, effective and multi-tasking. Nicolas is aware that daily life can be very complex, so he tried to come up with a line that can coexist with our busy lives, and that doesn’t require too much effort when being applied. Beauty routine should never be seen as a duty, so his idea was to create a few simple steps that can satisfy your skin’s needs, stimulating its natural self-repairing abilities. The formulas respect incredibly high safety standard, and include only natural ingredients: no mineral oils, no parabens, no silicones, no sulphites, phtalates or fragrance. This definitely makes them suitable for sensitive skin, too! The products of this line are also lab-tested for allergies and reactions, to guarantee excellent results without putting the delicate balance of the skin of your face at risk. The simplicity of Allies of Skin’s beauty routine, which is so easy to incorporate into your daily life – men, we are thinking of you, too! It is hard to choose a favorite product, right now, since they are all complementary, but their tonic really struck our attention in the way it can offer the skin some relief in pretty much any situation. Try it when you are having a stressful day, to get over jet-lag, or to give your skin a boost of moisture in the middle of the day.
Woman Crush Wednesday: Clara McGregor
22-02-2017 10:04:53
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So, here we are, with the next installment of our celebrity kids saga, featuring a beautiful 21-year-old girl today. We know you ,must be wondering, “what, a celebrity kid, again”? Well, yes, what can we do if millennials are so popular and so interesting now? This Wednesday we’re telling you about Clara Mathilde McGregor, a young woman who is starting out in the world of fashion, and who also happens to be British movie star Ewan McGregor’s first child — her dad starred in a lots of famous productions, including Trainspotting, Star Wars, Angels and Demons and Moulin Rouge. Clara has clear blue eyes and a beautiful smile that reminds us of her mother’s, Eve Mavrakis. Clara made her first public appearance only a year ago or so, at a movie opening — until then, as Clara said in an interview, her parents wanted to protect her from the media spotlight. Now, the beautiful McGregor girl came forward, though, first in the fashion world, and later on in cinema, following her father Ewan’s footprints. The New York fashion week that just ended was Clara’s first occasion to show herself and be in first row at the week’s most important events. This definitely wasn’t her first contact with fashion ever, though: the young woman was already the face of Fay’s Spring Summer 2017 campaign with another celebrity child, Levi Dylan. While the two might look like they have a very good connection in the photos, that doesn’t mean there’s anything going on, so stop your malicious thoughts right there: Clara is already in a relationship with DJ Gordon Goodman. Clara is used to being in front of the camera; when she was a little girl, her dream was to be behind the camera to take photos of the famous supermodels that made fashion history. So, she went from dreaming of a life behind the lens to spending time in front of it, and with great results! This girl really seems to have lots of great qualities — want to know one more? She speaks French fluently, too! What can we say, it doesn’t really matter if she turns into a top model or a successful actress, we just wish her the best because it is always good to see a young woman put so much effort in what she does. All the photos are taken from Clara McGregor Instagram profile
3 NYFW beauty trends for Fall Winter 2017-2018
21-02-2017 17:26:38
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It’s our favorite moment of the NY Fashion Week, that moment when you come home, sit down and examine the shows to identify the season’s trends. When it comes to beauty, there is so much to be written that we could start an encyclopedia! So, in order not to get lost in this sea of looks and techniques to experiment with, just carry on reading. Here are the 3 NYFW beauty trends for Fall Winter 2017-2018 that you really, really shouldn’t miss! Naked palettes and natural shades? Say goodbye to those for now. The time has come to experiment and turn your makeup look into a work of art. The focus is on your eyes, the most important products will be eyeliners and eyeshadows, strictly in pop shades. Blue is definitely the must-have color for your vanity, and as for the trait, get inspired by Andy Warhol and Joan Miró: there is only one rule, that is, unleash your creativity. Whichever hairstyle will be your favorite for next season, just follow one simple guideline for it: you must accessorize – a lot! Dust off your Blair Waldorf headbands, the ribbons from when you used to go to school, and your princess tiaras… The possibilities are endless! We love this trend because even the lazy ones among us will be able to make their hair look more interesting, no matter whether they let it down or tie it up in a chignon. There are two types of people in this world: those who apply make up on their lower lashes, and those who ignore them, as if they didn’t exist. We can hear it loud and clear from the catwalks: lower lashes are here, and they want your attention! So, let’s go for drawing emphasizing details and extensions… your lower lashes have to be so visible you can see them from space! The extra touch? A golden or silver eyeliner that can light up your gaze, and point all the attention on your lower lashes.
A guide to the locations that inspired the greatest Italian poets
21-02-2017 12:35:47
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It’s no news that Italy is one of the favorite destinations of tourists worldwide. With its incredible landscapes, unique architecture and its artistic and cultural history, it is unique, nowhere else in the world compares with it. That is not all, though, because Italy, North to South, is also the home of many famous poets and writers, and the cities and towns where they lived were inspiration for beautiful literary works. We asked ourselves so many times in school what moved these authors to compose these masterpieces, when studying their poems. So, here is a little guide to the places that stimulated the creativity of some of the major Italian poets: enchanting locations that will touch even the most arid of hearts.  Cinque Terre – Eugenio Montale The great poet and Nobel Prize for Literature winner spent some years in the Cinque Terre villages. The sea, the landscapes and the weather were the three amazing factors that inspired Montale’s works. Monterosso was especially important, as Ossi di Seppia and Le Occasioni, translated into English as Cuttlefish Bones and The Occasions, were written here. The village also hosts the poet’s house, although it is not open to the public anymore, but is still possible to walk the paths around the area, taking in in the nature that the poet celebrated in his work. San Mauro Pascoli – Giovanni Pascoli This small village near the riviera in Romagna was the birthplace of one of the most important figures of 19th century Italian literature — and shares its name with him. Giovanni Pascoli was absolutely in love with his region, so much so that he dedicated a poem to it, Romagna, in which he praises the beauty of local nature, villages, summer colors, and remembers his happy childhood in these places. Today, you can visit his museum-house, and enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the riviera! Maremma Livornese – Giosuè Carducci This poet and writer, and first Italian recipient of the Nobel prize for Literature in 1906, owes everything to the Maremma, an amazing area in the heart of Tuscany. The poet eulogized his birthplace in two works especially: in Davanti a San Guido he revisits the places that shaped his childhood, with the famous cypress trees going from Bolgheri to San Guido. This area comprises the Costa degli Etruschi, the Etruscan coast, and it extends inland, all the way to locations like Castagneto Carducci, which bears the name of the great poet. Recanati – Giacomo Leopardi “Always dear to me was this solitary hill”… How many times did we recite his poems at school? Leopardi drew inspiration from Recanati and its surroundings, when writing L’Infinito, The Infinite. Il Passero Solitario, The Solitary Bird, is about the mountaintop of Mount Tabor, and Il Sabato del Villaggio, Saturday in the Village, were also composed in this location in the Marche region, which is so charged with the memory of this poet. You should visit this location in Italy at least once in your life, not just to enjoy Leopardi’s ever-present company, but also for its clear seas and hospitable locals. Marina di Pietrasanta – Gabriele D’Annunzio D’Annunzio was a remarkable figure in Italian literature in the early 20th century, active in literature as well as in politics and journalism. One of the most inspiring locations for the poet was Marina di Pietrasanta, a gem in the heart of the Versilia region, Tuscany, that is nowadays very popular, especially in summer. The famous poem La Pioggia nel Pineto, Rain in the Pinewoods, was apparently composed in the private gardens of the villa La Versiliana, which he made his home for a while, and which you can also visit today. Lago di Como – Alessandro Manzoni “That branch of the lake of Como, which extends towards the south…” is probably one of the most famous quotes in Italian literary history. Manzoni wrote it thinking of his beloved lake. The 19th century poet was always very fond of these areas of Lombardy, as well as Milan, his birthplace, where he also ended his life. The areas between Lecco and Como were some of his favorites though, and they truly are some of most beautiful of Northern Italy, with a peculiar charm, in winter and summer. Lake Como is the deepest of the country, and on its coasts you will find beautiful, romantic restaurants for your weekend getaways! Arquà – Francesco Petrarca The great Tuscan poet unknowingly chose an area that became one of the most beautiful Italian villages later on, Arquà Petrarca — the name was changed to honor the writer — in Veneto. During the years he spent here, Petrarca composed his epistolary in Latin prose, which was very important for his work. Agrigento – Luigi Pirandello The novelist and playwright that innovated 20th century Italian literature loved Sicily, Agrigento especially. This location, with its remarkable century-long history, hosts the villa in which Pirandello lived, on a cliff on the border between Agrigento and Porto Empedocle. In this house, the writer also painted, thought and reflected. Almost all of his literary production was conceived here.
Trend: bellybutton-high fishnets
20-02-2017 17:38:07
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We already realized that fishnets seem to be one of the strongest accessories last season, ad two weeks ago, we told you about them as a trendy accessory to be worn with dresses, skirts and jeans. Among all the options, Instagram already has a clear winner, though, and the winner is… Jeans! The small detail that will make this combination cool is to let your fishnets peek out of your jeans, over your bellybutton. Whether you like it or not, the hip hop touch has become essential, and even the more traditional maisons had to find a way to keep up with the times. Have you noticed that? If you are still having doubts, worry not, you can still be chic while wearing bellybutton-high fishnets – all you have to do is wear them with simple clothing. If you don’t feel confident enough to show your bellybutton, or you just don’t like crop tops, that doesn’t mean you have to entirely give up on this trend! You can still wear your fishnets with a T-shirt or with a loose shirt that you can make into an almost-crop top by tying it up however high you wish. If you choose a lower knot, it will be very comfortable and the fishnets will be visible while you are walking. Don’t forget, less is more! Otherwise, you can also wear the T-shirt underneath with your fishnets on top. If you choose a bright T-shirt it will create a very cool contrast with your black tights, it will look great! Do you like the idea? If you need a bit of inspiration, we collected some ideas inspired by our favorite It girls and celebrities in the gallery — they couldn’t say no to the trend! Who is your favorite? Chiara Ferragni Romee Strijd Hailey Baldwin Shea Marie FILLES A PAPA Kim Kardashian Chiara Biasi The Kylie Shop
Detox, and not just in the kitchen! The best treatments for hair, skin and hands
20-02-2017 17:21:15
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Attention please, attention please, red alert, this is not a drill! Your detox just spilled out of the kitchen! Fear not, though, it’s all just about making you prettier. How? Well, it’s not just about soups and teatox anymore: by now, detox is a holistic approach to taking care of your body, which is constantly exposed to different sources of stress. This is mostly due to pollution, which is such a problem in certain locations that it makes it very hard to keep your skin and hair in good health. Using specific products can help, surely, but sometimes it is not enough! To go back to looking like a clean canvas, take a day off – maybe next Sunday – and follow our instructions: you will see the difference in a flash! Have you ever experienced washing your hair, to find it as dirty as before washing less than 24 hours later? You’re not imagining it, this might be due to either polluted air, or overuse of products on your hair. If you use anything like volumizing sprays, dry shampoo, hairspray and so on, your classic shampoo might not be enough to wash off all the leftovers of that. You might realize that yourself when you see that your scalp becomes oily very quickly, and your hairdo won’t last much longer than half an hour. You can approach the problem in two different ways: the first is to choose a clarifying shampoo, there are so many available by now anyway. These shampoos have more active cleansing agents, they are made to free your hair of excess weight, so you really will notice a difference in how your hair will feel lighter. The second option is choosing a scalp treatment, which can come as an oil, or a scrub. This kind of detox will also reactivate your micro circulation, stimulating hair growth, even when you feel like your hair hasn’t grown in months. It’s easy to guess what your best ally will be here, that is, masks! Try to pick one with ingredients that are naturally purifying and detoxing, such as activated charcoal or clay. Remember to apply your mask about twice a week, if you have a feeling that your skin desperately needs some cleansing. For your everyday routine, get a good cleanser that doesn’t frustrate the action of your previous treatments. If you live in an area with very hard water and you don’t have good filters, try to avoid using tap water as much as possible. In the morning, when you already took care of your skin the previous evening, try to use a thermal water mist, rather than washing your face like you usually do. This will be enough to freshen up, and then carry on with the day’s treatments. We don’t want to scare you here, but have you ever considered the amount of bacteria your hands get in touch with every day? It’s so high you can barely quantify it, but this little reminder will be a good way to make you realize that your hands also need good detoxing action. Scrub them well once a week, and you will always have happy, extra soft hands. There are also little detox treatment for your nails, you can consider those if you wear nail polish a lot, both regular and semi-permanent one. Find one week during which you can take a break, get rid of colors, and apply a BB treatment onto your nails, or perhaps just a strengthening treatment. This will help your manicure last longer!
Man Crush Monday: Presley Gerber
20-02-2017 10:38:51
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Cindy Crawford scored bingo! Yes, because after Kaia, who became a true fashion icon for girls her age, another member of the Crawford-Gerber household became a star. We are talking about firstborn Presley, the famous supermodel’s son. With his lean body and boy-next-door charm, coupled with a mischievous look, Presley, almost 18, won the hearts of the most famous fashion brands. After working with Calvin Klein and Moschino, after his breakthrough on the catwalk for Dolce & Gabbana last summer, young Gerber seems to have caught the attention of yet another very important maison, Fendi, who apparently approached Presley during NYFW. He is not only attracting attention because of work — Presley also made the news during fashion week by being seen at virtually any party, constantly in the company of his new friends, the Hadid sisters, Kendall Jenner and Sofia Richie. It seems pretty clear that he doesn’t want to waste any time and that he has very clear ideas on what he wants to do. His DNA helped him, indeed, his beauty is clearly visible to all, but it will be his character and attitude that will really help. Among other things, the news is that Presley will be the face of G2000, a very well-known Hong Kong brand that is already famous in Asia, and that would like to spread its name beyond the East, with Presley’s help. Cindy’s son couldn’t be any luckier lately, as it also seems that his heart may have found a home, in fellow model Gracie Phillips — of course. Sure, we know that the fact that they were spotted a few times together isn’t a guarantee that something is going on, but they would make such a beautiful couple that we like to dream of their love story. So, congratulations to the MCM of this week. By now, we are expecting a campaign featuring the two wonderful Gerber siblings as the main faces! All the photos are taken from Presley Gerber Instagram profile
The little beauty guide to London
17-02-2017 14:25:10
The Blonde Salad
London calling? Of course! And you should make sure you pick up, since Fashion Week is getting started! To help you make your trip a truly flawless beauty experience, here is our guide to the fourth fashion capital, after helping you discover Milan, New York and Paris. So, fasten your seat belts, we are going on a beauty journey! When you are in such a flurry of shows and presentations, relaxing will become a central thought for you. If you are enticed by the idea of a moment of peace, getting away from the madding crowds on the streets to discover an oasis of tranquility instead, we have a place for you: the LUSH spa in Oxford Street. Yes, on the lower floor of one of the most colorful, perfumed and chaotic shops ever, you will find nirvana. Every spa treatment here is a true gesture of love for your body and your mind, and each treatment will be accompanied by a unique, dedicated soundtrack. We tried the Karma experience, available from 19 March on here, and it was truly unforgettable. Here are a few hints: a 65-minute, 4-hand massage, enveloped by an atmosphere that reminded us of India, and three tailor-made products for this ritual. It was a dream! If you have no time for a spa, there are still lots of little beauty moments you can treat yourself to in the city. There are two addresses on our list: the first one is Cowshed at Selfridges, which just renovated its space. You can get a manicure here, and try their new LED-light facials, comfortably sitting in an armchair in front of a vintage TV that shows episodes of Friends o Sex & The City. Very hard to beat! The second is DryBy, a new salon started by two sisters, that will offer you the perfect blowdry in a very cozy environment that will feel like a friend’s living room – a very chic, carefully designed one, of course. They also have a manicure and pedicure area: their minimalist gel nail art will make your fashionista friends jealous! Last but not least, the favorite section of all spendthrifts like me! One of the things we love about London is the shopping, and not just for clothing! So many cult brands are available here, including ones that are not available in Italy yet, such as Charlotte Tilbury. Her branded store in Covent Garden reminds us of a Parisian boudoir, or perhaps of the changing room of a Hollywood star, we really c