Frida

‘I hope the exit is joyful and I hope never to return.’ /Frida Kahlo/

What is this movie about?
The movie captures the troubled life of the painter, Frida Kahlo from her early teens until her death. The story takes place in the early years of the 20th century in Mexico and the main role is played by Salma Hayek. Frida and her boyfriend takes the bus after school when an accident happens. The girl’s legs became paralyzed and she must cut school, go through painful surgeries and treatments and stay in bed. Her father wants to cheer her up by setting a canvas and encouraging her to paint. Years later Frida can walk again and decides to take painting as her job and wants to learn from Diego Rivera (played by Alfred Molina), the most popular artist of that time. They fall in love but he can never be faithful to Frida.

What did I like about this movie?
First of all I have to state that Frida Kahlo is one of my favourite painters ever. I always found interest in her life. She suffered so much in her life, yet she was brave enough to face those sufferings and ‘paint her reality’. Her paintings give me the impression of some kind of therapy. Her paintings are so heartbreakingly painful and simple.
I also think that Salma Hayek gives one of her best performances as Frida.

Who do I recommend it for?
To anyone who likes art or takes interest in Mexican culture.

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Nin

14 kms from Zadar you can find a jewel-box-like town called Nin. The main reason for its popularity is that it has a sandy beach while the in Zadar is rocky. When you enter the town you will immediately meet the heroic statue of Dux Branimir (I know it kind of sounds like Boromir!). He lived in the 9th century and he tried to decolonize his region from other empires. Throughout history the town has been a center of the Church and served as the home for the Princes of Dalmatia. Its most popular attraction is the Church of the Holy Cross. It was built also in the 9th century in Pre-Romanesque style and it is known as the smallest cathedral on Earth. Other sights are the remains of a Roman Temple in the center of the old town. During our walk in Nin (the town can be crossed easily because its length in only 500 ms!) we found a very interesting statue that looked like a drunk Dumbledore (Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter in a place that kind of looks like it were a scene from Game of Thrones… Could this be a coincidence? I don’t think so!). Turned out the statue pictures a medieval Croatian bishop, Gregory of Nin. He did not agree with the Pope and decided to officiate his messes not only in Latin but in Croatian. That must be the reason for his gesture and the fact that he is holding the Holy Bible. The town is also famous for its medicinal paddle and its summer festivals. You can choose from a lot. There is one for fishing, one for the Roman Ages and also one for Salt.
I recommend this destination if you want to have a quiet holiday and spend your days at a sandy beach but still want to wander in a history filled town.

Style icons II.: Blake Lively

Blake Lively became famous around 2006 after appearing in The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and playing the role of Serena van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl. A role that she played for 6 years and Serena’s name became a synonym to IT girl. Later on she played in the Green Lantern movie where she met her future husband, Ryan Reynolds. They have two beautiful daughters, James and Inez. The last three years have been very busy for Blake but she played the main role in The Age of Adaline, The Shallows, All I See Is You, A Simple Favor and debuted in her first Woody Allen film, Café Society.
Blake uses her fame to protect children and put an end to child pornography and sex trafficking.

Pregnant and powerful. The actress chose to wear this Frozen inspired Versace dress to at Cannes in 2016…

Let It Glo

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…with this beautifully detailed handpiece. Blake takes a time to consider her accessories.

Not a footprint to be seen…

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There isn’t many women who can rock green leopard trousers but Blake certainly can! This white blouse shows off her flawless back.

🌈💄🌈 mom’s night out

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Is that you, Cinderella? She also this dress to the 2016’s Cannes Film Festival. The dress was designed by Vivienne Westwood.

👠 (throwback)

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She attended Cinema Con this year by wearing a Sonia Rykiel designed suit jacket and Christian Louboution shoes.

…Who wore it better?

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She manages to dress comfortable, elegant and feminine at the same time even outside red carpet events.

…Honey badger don’t give a damn.

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The actress wore this magnificient Versace dress for this year’s Met Gala. The dress took 600 hours to make!

Winter is coming 🏰🐉❄️🐺🏰

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But this wasn’t Blake’s first Versace creation on the Met Gala. She also wear a phoenix inspired golden one in 2017.

Met flashback (more things I didn’t post but now have the excuse to!)

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And details again. Clutch with matching nails and rings.

Subtlety is my forte.

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She decided to support her husband on the Deadpool 2 premier by wearing the superhero’s red&black costume colours. The dress was designed by Brandon Maxwell.

Propagating her newest film, A Simple Favor, where she portrais a very classy lady.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Love in the Time of Cholera

‘He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.’ /Marquez: Love in the Time of Cholera/

Who is Gabriel Garcia Marquez?
The Kolumbian writer was born in 1927 and spent most of his life in Mexico untill his death in 2014. He worked as a war correspondent in Europe and America. He recieved a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982 for ‘his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts’. His most famous novel is One Hundred Years of Solitude. Love in the Time of Cholera was published in 1985.

What is Love in the Time of Cholera about?
The novel is about the very unusual love story of Fermina Daza and Florentino Ariza. They meet as teenagers and fall in love with each other immediately. They exchange letters and promise each other to get married. Fermina’s father wants to snud the marriage plans and makes her go away to relatives for two years. But this doesn’t stop them from writing to each other. When they meet again after moving back home, Fermina realisis that their relationship was only a fantasy. She marries a well-known young doctor, Juvenal Urbino. They meet several times during their life but when Fermina’s husband dies, 50 years later, Florentino proposes again to Fermina.

Why did I like this book?
There are certain people who see us through our lives no matter what. This book taught me a lot about true love and how one single experience can change our lives. It made me think about aging’s affects not only on our body but on our soul and about human nature.

Movie adaptation
The main characters are played by Javier Bardem and Giovanna Mezzogiorno and the doctor came to life by Benjamin Bratt. The movie debuted in 2007. Marquez asked (also Kolumbian born) performer, Shakira to write two sings for the movie and one of them, Despedida recieved a Golden Globe nomination. The movie didn’t get good critics and has never become very popular.

Hygge moments

After getting to know more and more about the Danish way of living a happy life, I decided to concentrate on the relaxing and fulfilling experiences of my life. Here are all the things that I did in the these days to achieve hygge:

I went to the Botanical Garden in my town to walk alongside butterflies and took their pictures.
I went to the local market to buy beautiful vegetables and then made a nice meal of them.
I went to my favourite confectionery with my best friend to talk through our problems in the afternoon.
I took a walk late at night in the streetlight-lit town.
I made a fancy lemonade at home and curled up in my armchair and just relaxed.
I went to see the magnolia trees blossom.
I was watching the sun go down while I was on vacation at the Adriatic Sea.
I went to my parents’ garden to harvest raspberries and then ate as much as I could.
I painted a painting.
I was playing with my grandmother’s cat.
I was reading one of my favourite books in bed with a cup of tea.

Sustainable fashion

The world has gone through a lot of negative changes lately. We can all feel climate change on our own skin, smell air pollution and see nature struggle. Many people has woken up and decided to try to make a change while we can. Al the things happening around us made an impact on fashion as well. It has been a long time ago, when lavishment was acceptable. Wasting is not chic anymore. Besides other industries, fashion said yes to being eco-friendly.

Eco-friendly fabrics
The most plausible step to a better tomorrow for fashion brands is to use organic materials for their clothes such as bamboo, organic cotton, silk or cashmere. By achieving this we can reduce one fourth of the world’s pesticide consumption. H&M made a basic collection from organic cotton. Stella McCartney’s stores are not only powered by wind energy but she often uses recycled materials and her clothes are animal-free.

And there are some other initiations:

Adidas
The sport brand introduced a shoe to the market that was made from recycled ocean waste in association with Parley for the Oceans.

Calvin Klein
CK designed a dress for Emma Watson that was made from plastic bottles to the 2016 Met Gala.

H&M
The company launched a new campaign called Conscious that means you can bring all your used or ruined clothes/towels to an H&M store, and your clothes will have a new purpose later. In return the store will give you a discount or coupon.
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The brand presented its Conscious Exclusive collection that contained dresses made from plastic shoreline waste.

Vivienne Westwood
The British designer takes the protection of environment very seriously. She supported the Green Party on the Elections and she teamed up with Farms Not Factories and launched a line of bags and T-shirt that were all made of organic cotton in 2014.

6 of Hearts #VWPackOfCards Photo by Juergen Teller.

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Dr. Linda Thomas
The British doctor became famous with the Wave of waste dress that was made from 100 body boards.

World Earth Day. So why all this focus on Ocean Plastic? Many think Blue Planet 2 was responsible and as incredible as that was, it aired at a time where we had already reached a tipping point. We have allowed Climate Change to keep going on in the background. We really have learnt to look the other way as the polar ice melts and chaotic weather patterns are already being seen. We can get on a plane with enjoyment not realising that each person on a long haul flight has undone the carbon saved by each person living completely off grid. And there aren’t that many people doing that. The Ocean won’t let us do that. She is spewing up the plastic big and small on our Coastlines. The scientists can tell us anything but if you do a #2minutebeachclean anywhere in the World you can find plastic. It is in our water, it is in our food. It’s killing. Now the good news. When I went to the Ocean Plastic Crisis Summit in London a few weeks ago and listened to experts I really understood everything works. Bad news, we need to do everything . Good news, everything makes a difference. So whether you are a child and thinking about writing a letter or an adult who is going to stop buying plastic (polyester/nylon) clothing, just do it. My current struggle is plastic packaging. In the comments let me know what areas you’re struggling with and let’s help each other. Image by @symagesphotography of @emmajaneskinner wearing Wave of Waste dress by @linda_eco_design from 100 dumped bodyboards collected by @beachcaresw of @keepbritaintidy Eco Hair by @clairswinscoestudiocouture Eco make up by @rebeccarosemua and using @ecostardust #lovepeopleandplanet #worldearthday #oceanplastic #marineplastic #thereisnoplanetb #waveofwaste #waveofwastedress #plasticfree #take3forthesea #surfersagainstsewage #greenpeace #keepbritaintidy #plasticfreecoastlines #thetimeisnow #litterati #joinedupthinking #systemschange #wecanmakeadifference

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Brownie

Legend says that once upon a time a headless cook forgot to add baking-powder into the chocolate cake. And that is how brownie was born in the XIX. century. They are most popular in America and they are often served with vanilla flavoured ice cream or whipped cream.

My recipe is from a Hungarian presenter, Judit Stahl who also has books about cooking. (Click here for her website!)

Ingredients:
– 10 dkg plain chocolate
– 10 dkg flour
– 10 dkg sugar
– 2 dkg cocoa powder (that does not contain added sugar!)
– 0,5 teaspoon of baking powder
– 2 teaspoon of Nescafe
– 2 eggs
– 1 dl oil
– a handful of walnut
– 1 teaspoon of butter

What to do next?
Prepare your oven for 175 degrees and grab a cake/pie form and cover it with butter. Then cut all the chocolate and the walnuts into small pieces. Mit the chocolate, the flour, the sugar, the cocoa and the baking powder into a bowl. Grab an other bowl and mix the oil, the the eggs and the Nescafe in it. After mixing the two bowls, pour the whole thing into the cake form and bake it for 18-20 minutes.

Bon appétit!