• Microsoft: carbon neutral by 2030

    Microsoft just announced some major plans: not just to reduce its carbon print, but to become carbon neutral by 2030! And that’s not all… 

    The company has also pledged to become carbon negative by 2050. That is correct – carbon negative. That means it is going to remove more carbon from the atmosphere that it is emitting. In Microsoft’s case, the goal is to compensate for all the carbon emissions since it was founded in 1975 till nowadays.

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    “While the world will need to reach net zero, those of us who can afford to move faster and go further should do so. That’s why today we are announcing an ambitious goal and a new plan to reduce and ultimately remove Microsoft’s carbon footprint.

    By 2030 Microsoft will be carbon negative, and by 2050 Microsoft will remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975.”

    The company has a detailed plan for its steps in the next decade. It includes 100% renewable energy, electrified global campus operations vehicles, expansion of the existing forests and many other small and big steps.

    Fingers crossed!

  • Golden Globes and Critics Choices

    Awards season 2020 is officially upon us. The first half of the first month of the new year already made us witnesses to the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards.

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    Before we move to the names & titles with the most nominations/awards and the favourite list with best dressed celebrities, we have a few cool facts for the ceremonies that we would like to share with you.

    1. The Golden Globes went vegan
      Okay, that is not completely true, but the menu during this year’s edition totally supported veganism. It included beetroot soup, mushroom “scallops” and a vegan interpretation of the French Opera cake.
    2. Phoebe Waller-Bridge decided to prove she is not just an impeccable talent, but also a good human being. Here is why she is selling her Golden Globes outfit (a glamorous two-piece by Ralph & Russo) in order to donate the money for the Australian wildfires cause. Great job, Fleabag!
    3. The Critics (and all their guests) ate plant-based burgers and vegan burritos. Evidently the trend during Awards season 2020 will be “healthy diet”. We don’t mind.

    The winners?
    1917 won the Golden Globe for Best motion picture – drama, and its director Sam Mendes won the award for Best director in a motion picture. Marriage Storywas also nominated for Best motion picture – drama, and both Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson got a nomination for their roles in the movie. Johansson lost to Renée Zellweger (Judy), Driver lost to Joaquin Phoenix (Joker). Laura Dern did win the Best supporting actress in a motion picture award for Noah Baumbach’s movie. Her male counterpart was Brad Pitt for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Speaking of handsome men, Taron Egerton took home many many female hearts together with the Best actor in a musical/comedy prize for his Elton John reincarnation in Rocketman.

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    According to the Critics, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood deserves to be called Best picture. The best actors were still Renée Zellweger and Joaquin Phoenix, no changes within the best supporting actors either: Brad Pitt & Laura Dern. There was a tie for Best director between Bong Joon-ho (Parasite) and Sam Mendes (1917). Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by Tarantino was the best original screenplay, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women was the most appreciated adapted version. Roman Griffin Davis won the award for Best young actor for his role in Jojo Rabbit and in case you still haven’t seen the movie, you should book a ticket as soon as possible.

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    The red carpet?

    Cate Blanchett in Mary Katrantzou, Jason Momoa in Tom Ford & Lisa Bonet in Fendi, Saoirse Ronan in Celine and Margot Robbie in Chanel at the Golden Globes and Charlize Theron in Celine, Zendaya in Tom Ford, Milo Ventimiglia in Brunello Cucinelli, Renée Zellweger in Dior and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, also in Dior.

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  • One billion trees in 2028

    Deforestation has been a huge issue during the past decade. The fires all around the world are not making things easier. Here is why we should think of innovative ways to protect and nurture Mother Nature the same way she is protecting and nurturing us.

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    A Canadian company has a very cool solution and it includes drones as leading characters. Flash Forest is the name of the team of scientists whose new initiative aims to plant a billion new trees by 2028 using drones that carry the seeds.

    The team quotes the International Panel on Climate Change – according to the information, we have 10 years to reverse climate change and prevent catastrophic effects on our species and civilization. In 2018, 34 billion tons of CO2 werereleased in the atmosphere. Planting trees is the fastest and cheapest way to reduce carbon.

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    The test flight for Flash Forest was during August last year and the result was successful planting of 100 trees. The Canadian scientists confirm that their drone system can plant trees ten times faster than a human worker can. Another advantage is the cost which is 20% cheaper. If the team works at full capacity, it has the potential to plant 100 000 seed pods per day.

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    We do believe one billion trees is a doable goal for 2028, do you?

  • Best Christmas Ads in 2019

    You know what they say about Christmas: ‘Tis the season to be jolly… and to enjoy the festive Christmas ads that some of the most popular brands have prepared for us.

    Before we continue to the list, we have to prep you: Heathrow’s adorable teddy bears are not part of it this year. Don’t judge them – celebrities need a break sometimes, in their case it’s a well-deserved one.

    Christmas delivery

    Tesco’s Christmas ad celebrates their 100 years in business and goes back in the past to deliver the future. Are you confused? Have a look at the video and check out the delivery driver making curtseys while delivering yummy treats throughout the past century – from Winston Churchill to rave parties.

     

    What is love?

    Burberry tries to answer a simple question: What is love? The festive campaign features a list of celebrities including Carla Bruni. The message is simple and celebrates the essence of love at this special time of year – those who make you happy, lift you up and bring you joy. Oh-là-là!

     

    Sing along

    Amazon places us in a brighter place – one where everyone is singing. And by “everyone”, we mean kids, grannies, musicians, people in the public transport and parcels. Yes, parcels. And they laugh, too 😉

     

    All along
    “The Hoodie” (that’s a GAP hoodie by the way) tells the story of a young fellow and the relationship with his mother. The ad teaches us one thing: it’s the thought that counts. Do you agree?

     

    Silence the critics

    At IKEA, they believe that with a little imagination and some useful products and ideas, there’s no reason not to host a Christmas dinner. That’s the brand’s first-ever festive advert. Shall we give them 10 points and a store visit in the near future?

     

    Jump around

    Yes, it is the name of a House of Pain tune from 1992, but It is also the soundtrack to M&S’ Christmas 2019 advert. As the name suggests, jumpers are jumping all around. We are loving it!

    Be honest: which ad did you play on repeat?

  • British Fashion Awards 2019

    Since 1989, the British Fashion Awards ceremony has been one of the hottest events on the world’s fashion map, right next to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala (MET Gala) and the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards (CFDA Awards).

    This year, the ceremony was held in the Royal Albert Hall in London and it was hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross. She wore a dress by Richard Quinn, the designer whose eponymous label won last year’s British Fashion Award for Emerging Talent – Womenswear.

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    Did you miss out on the red carpet glamour? Here is a list with some of the winners and some of the outfits that stole our hearts.

    British Designer of the Year – Menswear: Kim Jones for Dior Men
    British Designer of the Year – Womenswear: Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta
    Model of the Year: Adut Akech

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    Business Leader: Remo Ruffini for Moncler
    Fashion Icon: Naomi Campbell
    Urban Luxe: Fenty
    Outstanding Achievement: Georgio Armani
    Designer of the Year: Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta
    Brand of the Year: Bottega Veneta

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    To sum up: 2019 was a powerful year for Bottega Veneta!

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    Rihanna opted for Fenty. We are not sure we’re digging the cut, but at least we like the pale green colour of her creation. Another stylish gal that chose a design from her very own fashion label? Alexa Chung in ALEXACHUNG.

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    Julia Roberts was a pretty woman in a two-piece Armani outfit. Rita Ora went for uniqueness in a custom 16 Arlington dress, fashion icon Naomi Campbell wore a breathtaking gown by Alexander McQueen.

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    Our favourite lady was Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani. It looks like those plunging necklines are made for the actress! Do you agree?

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  • Designer Remix: Zac Posen

    Elegance, grace, romance, femininity, splendour and a dash of ambiguity. Zac Posen showed it all.

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    The American fashion designer recently announced that he is closing his eponymous fashion house. Here is a tribute to all that he taught us about beauty.

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    Zachary Posen was born and raised in New York in a Jewish family of a painter and a corporate attorney. Since early age, he showed an interest in fashion. He attended a private school in Brooklyn. He studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and did an internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute before moving to London to attend Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

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    In 2002, Posen created a dress for Naomi Campbell. The rest is history. His New York Fashion Week debut was with the Spring-Summer 2002 collection (Zac was 22 years old!). After seeing the models on the runway, The New York Times announced that a star was born. The star gained recognition with his elegant and glamorous designs.

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    Some of the famous actors Posen has dressed are Cameron Diaz, Nathalie Portman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Winslet and Sarah Jessica Parker. In 2008, he designed a collection for Target and in 2014, he went for a line with bridal gowns.

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  • Hello, pumpkin season!

    The pumpkin season is finally upon us with all the pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin-patch-insta-feeds out there.

    Here are a few pumpkin recipes you can try in November. We promise that your Instagram feed won’t be disappointed!

    Pumpkin muffins

    You can have those sweet and good looking treats in less than 40 minutes (15 for the prep and 25 for the baking).

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    Ingredients:

    >> flour
    >> pumpkin puree
    >> sugar
    >> eggs
    >> ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
    >> butter
    >> unsweetened almond milk

    Pumpkin pasta 

    When we’re talking about pasta, it’s all about that sauce and you know it! This one is creamy and delicious and you can have it with different types of pasta: fettuccine, penne, spaghetti – you name it.

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    Ingredients:

    >> pumpkin puree
    >> olive oil
    >> garlic
    >> your favourite type of pasta
    >> butter
    >> parmesan cheese
    >> salt

    Pumpkin cocktail

    You can make a virgin version of the same cocktail by excluding the rum. We don’t see why you would do that, but it’s an option after all, no judging.

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    Ingredients:

    >> dark rum
    >> pineapple juice
    >> pumpkin puree
    >> honey
    >> vanilla extract
    >> cinnamon

  • National Pasta Day

    We don’t need one day to celebrate the art of pasta. But since it’s National Pasta Day, it’s a good time to learn some trivia about the origin, shape and traditional recipes of your favourite dough.

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    Stats

    According to the International Pasta Organization, in 2014 were produced over 14 million tons of pasta worldwide. As one can imagine, Italy is on top of the list with 3 million tons and 25 kg per capita.

    Colours

    Tomato makes pasta red, pumpkin makes it orange, spinach makes it green. In case you don’t know, the dramatic colour of black pasta is achieved thanks to the ink of cuttlefish & squids.

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    Orecchiette

    This type of paste resembles a small ear, and that is exactly what “orecchiette” means in Italian. It is typical for Southern Italy.

    Perciatelli = bucatini

    Perciatelli and bucatini are both names given to thin hollow tubes of pasta. They can also be used for sustainable drinking – perciatelli make for a great cocktail straw!

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    Badly cut pasta

    It sounds much worse that the actual product. This type of pasta is actually called “maltagliata” (Italian for “badly cut”). It is principally used in soups and it is made from scraps of dough (usually for tagliatelle) cut into triangles.

    Pasta reale

    It may sound like a real pasta, but paste reale is actually a paste similar to marzipan made from almonds, egg yolks and sugar. What we’re trying to say: don’t order it as a main dish at a restaurant!

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    Gnocchi

    Gnocchi are soft dumplings which can be made from flour and potatoes, but also rice, ricotta, bread crumbs, herbs, pumpkin and even prunes.

    Tortellini vs. tortelloni

    Tortelloni are bigger than tortellini. The suffix –one adds volume in Italian.

    How do you like your pasta?

  • 5 interesting facts about coffee

    As yesterday was the international coffee day, we decided to collect a list with some of the most interesting facts about that magical liquid.

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    Consumption: Finland

    According to the International Coffee Organization, Finland is the country that drinks the most cups of coffee per capita. In top 5 are also Norway, Iceland, Denmark and the Netherlands.

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    Export: Brazil

    According to the same organization, Brazil is the biggest coffee exporter with more than 2500 millions of kilos exported each year.

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    Coffee athletes

    Speaking of Brazil, it has a very cute coffee story: during the Great Depression, Brazil couldn’t afford to send its athletes to the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. That’s why the athletes sold coffee along the way in order to “fund” the trip.

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    Coffee ban

    During the 16thcentury, several coffee bans were imposed in Mecca. The reason: it was believed that the drink stimulates radical thinking. Perhaps that is why we love it so much?

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    Cats and coffee

    You might find it bizarre, but miss Creme Puff, also known as the “Oldest Cat Ever” according to the Guinness World Records, drank coffee every morning and lived for 38 years.

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    Still wondering about that second cup?

  • Emmy Awards 2019

    Edition number 71 of the Primetime Emmy Awards was held a few days ago in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony honours excellence in the TV industry.

    Here is a list with some of the winners:

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    Outstanding Comedy Series: Fleabag
    Outstanding Drama Series: Game of Thrones
    Outstanding Limited Series: Chernobyl
    OutstandingLead Actor in Comedy Series: Bill Hader in Barry
    Outstanding Lead Actor in Drama Series: Billy Porter in Pose

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    Outstanding Lead Actress in Comedy Series: Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag
    Outstanding Lead Actress in Drama Series: Jodie Comer in Killing Eve
    Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Harry Bradbeer, Fleabag
    Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Jason Bateman, Ozark

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    But enough about the awards. Let’s talk red carpet glamour!

    Zendaya is the new fashion queen in our list. The 23-year-old Euphoria star wore a custom silk Vera Wang gown that absolutely stole our hearts. Talented and stylish – looks like she has it all!

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    Naomi Watts is the next fashion chef-d’oeuvre. The actress wore a Dior Haute Couture dress and looked like a real-life princess in it. Good job, Naomi!

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    Gwyneth Paltrow opted for something more than style: timeless vintage design. And when we say vintage, we mean Valentino from 1963.

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    You probably remember Carice van Houten from her Game of Thrones performance. The Dutch actress supported a fellow Dutch designer: Ronald van der Kemp.

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    Her GOT co-star Emilia Clarke also earned some style points with her Valentino Haute Couture look in a sophisticated navy blue shade.

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    The gentlemen did not fall behind. Billy Porter wore a hat and a sparklingMichael Kors pinstriped suit. Yes, in that order. Mahershala Ali picked a jacquard suit from Ermenegildo Zegna’s XXX line and accessorized it with Oliver Peoples sunglasses, a Title of Work lapel pin and a Bulgari watch.

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