• MTV Video Music Awards 2019

    26th August was the day of the 36th edition of the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony. It was held in New Jersey and the host was Sebastian Maniscalco.

    Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift were the most nominated artists this year. Each of them got 3 awards: Ariana Grande for Artist of the Year, Best Art Direction (for the song “7 Rings”)and Song of Summer (that would be “Boyfriend”, in case you’re wondering) and miss Swift for Best Visual Effects (for her tune “Me”), Video of the Year & Video for Good (for “You Need to Calm Down”).

    The same amount of astronaut statues was given to Billie Eillish. The 17-year-old singer won the prizes for Best New Artist, Push Artist of the Year, Best Editing (for “Bad Guy”). Missie Elliot won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. The first-ever Fashion Trailblazer Аward was given to the one and only Marc Jacobs.

    Who wore what on the red carpet?

    Taylor Swift donned a chic retro look in Versace. Camila Cabello was sweet and romantic in Balmain. Halsey was extravagant – not just because of her Dundas outfit, but also because of the rainbow in her hair. In her own words, FKA Twigs was “the lady and the unicorn”.

    Shawn Mendes tried to look hot in an emerald green Dolce & Gabbana suit, Rick Ross was screaming Gucci all over the place, Diplo showed a unique custom ensemble from The Elder Statesman and Lenny Kravitz tried to look like… well, Lenny Kravitz. And he nailed it!

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  • Wedding palettes 2019

    You know how each year the Pantone Color Institute provides color trend forecasting that guides us as individuals and brands in the fields of graphic design, fashion design, product design and manufacturing. Now, Pantone has teamed with the leading global marketplace in the wedding industry WeddingWire in order to deliver inspiration to couples planning to tie the knot by the end of the year.

    Let’s have a quick look at the shades.

    1. Love in Bloom

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    Colours: soft and nurturing shades contrasted with bold hues such as fuchsia and red; earthy green; shimmering silver metallic; rose gold.

    Love in Bloom leans to the warm side of the spectrum with its visual portrayal of comfort and enjoyment, affection and contentment. Blending nostalgia with new, Love in Bloomtakes an innovative approach to romantic love.”

    1. Golden Hour

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    Colours: warm neutrals; apricot; cappuccino; pale gold.

    “A palette of easy and uncomplicated honest colors, Golden Hour celebrates the physical beauty of nature. The palette has a modern, fresh twist on typically traditional colors, and the addition of a pale gold and copper metallic act as a highlight, enhancing and further increasing the palette’s organic and unconventional appeal.”

    1. Paradise Found

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    Colours: vibrant shades of blue, orange, turquoise; playful pink; teal.

    Paradise Found represents a refreshing escape to an idyllic destination, no matter where the couple’s wedding is located. The playfulness of the palette invites couples to mix and match wedding party attire – including groomsmen suiting and accessories in fun colors across the spectrum. Signature cocktails can also serve as artwork and decor.”

    1. Stroke of Midnight

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    Colours: dark shades of blue and all shades of purple; cool metallic.

    Stroke of Midnight celebrates the powerful energy and magic surrounding the beginnings of a new chapter for couples.”

    Which combination will you pick for your dream wedding?

  • Royal Warrants

    You know that you can add the items that you like on remixshop.com to your Favourites list, right? Did you also know that the Royal Family is allowed to do the same thing? Well, almost the same. Let’s see what Royal Warrants are.

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    “A Royal Warrant of Appointment is a mark of recognition of those who have supplied goods or services to the Households of Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh or His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales for at least five years, and who have an ongoing trading arrangement. The Monarch decides who may grant Royal Warrants. These are known as the Grantors: HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.“

    So let’s have a look at some of the most interesting Royal Warrants out there:

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    Heinz Foods
    Mayo is bad for you. Say whaaat? It has a Royal Warrant. Therefore – good for you.

    Angostura’s Bitter
    It’s no secret that The Queen enjoys having a good drink for lunch. And by drink, we mean gin, not Earl Grey tea. So no wonder we are adding bitters tothe list.

    Bacardi Martini
    And in caseyou thought that bitters were the only alcoholic drink, think again. There is vermouth too.

    John Walker & Sons
    And there is scotch whisky.

    Twinings
    We are sure that Twinings is everything but unusual holder of a royal warrant. We simply had toinclude it.

    James Purdey & Sons
    The British gunmaker is a royal weapon of choice. Helps for self-defence (in case those Windsor walls of 30 metres are not enough).

    Gordon’s Gin
    Did someone say enough with the alcoholic beverages?

    If you were a member of the Royal Family, what would you like to include in the winners’ list?

  • World record: 350 million trees in a day

    What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the name Ethiopia? Africa’s oldest independent country? Good coffee? Living Gods? Dancing shoulders?

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    That is all old news. From now on, the first thing that pops into your head when you hear “Ethiopia” will be the latest world record achieved by the country: 350 million trees which were planted in a day (12 hours, to be precise).

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    “Green Legacy” is a national reforestation campaign. In order to restore the landscape of their country, Ethiopians managed to plant over 350 million trees in 12 hours. This a new world record; the country that previously achieved such a record was India in 2017 for 66 million trees – a number which now looks quite insignificant.

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    Ethiopia’s Ministry of Agriculture confirmed that 2.6 billion trees have already been planted. The main idea behind “Green Legacy” is 4 billion trees by October.

    Ambitious and yet believable!

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  • The TV series everyone is crazy about

    We know, we know – summer days and nights are not the time to stay home and watch Netflix or HBO. But there are so many interesting TV series that everyone is crazy about at the moment and we decided to spread the (screen) joy, just in case. In what case, one might wonder? If you want to decline tomorrow’s cocktail date with your besties… or if you decide to move it to your place. Those are just the first hypotheses which come to our mind, we are sure you can think of more.

    Stranger Things

    Do we have to tell you why we’re including it? It’s an absolute hit, it’s in all popular stores’ collections. It’s a thrill and it can even make you chill, especially if you’re armed with a bowl of popcorn AND a weapon against supernatural forces.

    Chernobyl

    The miniseries shows all the details (or at least some of them) around the nuclear disaster near Pripyat from 1986 which causedmany deaths and injuries and had severe effects on humanity.

    Big Little Lies

    The most girly story in our list. The series introduces a few rich and gorgeous women (just to get the impression: Reese Witherspoon, Zoë Kravitz, Nicole Kidman) who all live in the tranquil beachfront town of Monterey, California. Oh, and who all are somehow involved in a murder!

    The Crown

    The drama series chronicles Elizabeth II’s life as a monarch and gives you answers to many questions: why royals always have a black outfit in their luggage, what is The Great Smog of London and how accurate is Claire Foy’s choice for the role of The Queen.

    Fleabag

    “A comedy series adapted from the award-winning play about a young woman trying to cope with life in London whilst coming to terms with a recent tragedy.”

    Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s heroine is brilliant. Simply brilliant. We promise.

    Are you sure you have plans to go out tonight?

  • Happy French Fries Day

    There is something gloriously magical about the French Fry – crispy, crunchy, salty, flavourful and downright delicious. Yet, we are so often told by health gurus to stay away from them, each time we choose to indulge, the inevitable guilt trip follows, ruining the entire experience. Bad or not, July 13th is the International French Fries Day and the time to give them some well-deserved praise.

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    The French and the Belgians have long disputed the origin of the fry, though we have to give it to the Belgians for elevating french-fry-eating to a whole new level of awesomeness with their friteries – fast food heavens, serving fries with huge selections of dips and condiments.

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    All over the world you will find various interpretations of the fry, either as a stand-alone or as a sidekick. The Britsh love it with fish in their classic fish & chips combo. The Spanish prefer it in a tapas format, called patatasfritas or patatasbravas, both of which go down brilliantly with lots of wine and chitchat. The Canadians take pride in their “poutine” (pronounced just like the Russian president, oddly enough), which consists of fries in cheese curds and gravy sauce. Something rather similar is the Chilean Chorrillana – fries topped with meat and fried eggs in a massive portion for sharing with someone you like just enough to give your fries to.

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    If there is one day in the year when you can enjoy your fries completely guilt-free, it should be on their International Holiday, July 13th. So go ahead, we dare you, and do it in your favourite way – with or without fish, covered in cheese, dipped in mayo or flooded in ketchup, with a burger or just as they are: plain and divine. And maybe shared with someone close.

  • Designer Remix: Vera Wang

    “I want people to see the dress but focus on the woman.”

    – Vera Wang

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    Mother of two. Woman. Designer. Inspiration. Femininity. Elegance. Vera Wang is all that combined.

    Vera Ellan Wang was born in 1949 in New York City. She has Chinese roots – both her parents were born in China, but they moved to New York in the 40s. At the age of 9, she started figure skating and competed professionally for several years. She failed to enter the United States Olympic team. Such a fortunate turn of events for so many brides out there…

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    Vera was hired as a fashion editor at Vogue right after she graduated from college, which made her the youngest editor at the magazine. She worked there for 17 years and then started a job at Ralph Lauren in 1987. Two years later, miss Wang designed her own wedding dress, became missus Wang, designed an entire collection, opened a wedding boutique and became an independent bridal wear designer.

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    Her first prêt-à-porter collection was launched in 2000, followed by a fragrance and a wedding guide in 2001. She designed the wedding dresses of some of the most popular contemporary women – Alicia Keys, Victoria Beckham, Mariah Carey, Avril Lavigne and many more. And even though she didn’t make it to the US Olympic team as a figure skater, she made it as a designer for several stars on the ice rink. In 2009, Vera Wang entered the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame for her contribution.

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    She has been honored with many other awards for her achievements, including the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Womenswear Designer Award (2005) and Lifetime Achievement Awards (2013).

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  • Independence Day menu

    We may not be celebrating the USA’s Independence Day on 4th of July, but we have a thing for those family gatherings all Americans enjoy so much.

    If you need a reason to have one such garden party, you will need a special menu. We have some proposals for you. Veggie lovers, at the end of the menu there are treats for you too.

    Burgers

    An authentic barbeque just won’t do without burgers! Classic cheeseburgers with or without bacon are the way to go.

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    Hot dogs

    Hot dogs are also a must. In order to crank them up a notch, add some pineapple salsa. It’s super easy to make: mix pineapple, chili peppers, red onion, salt and black pepper.

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    Ribs

    Prepare some garlic powder, black pepper, salt and barbeque sauce. Back to ribs, back to the country life!

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    Chicken wings

    Make them hot & spicy and add some homemade fries or coleslaw salad with cabbage and carrots.

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    Macaroni & cheese

    One of the most American meals out there. You need curved (elbow) macaroni, butter, flour, cheddar cheese, salt and milk in order to make a creamy and dreamy version of the mac & cheese.

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    Classic potato salad

    >> potatoes, corn, mayonnaise, red onion, mustard, pickles, lemon juice, boiled eggs

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    Grilled corn

    Bacon-wrapped, cheddar-topped, barbeque-dipped. Don’t be afraid of any ingredients.

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    You are ready for a tasty celebration!

  • Life’s amazing on the Galapagos Islands

    The Galapagos Islands are known for many amazing things – from their flora and fauna to their geology. The islands’ territory belongs to Ecuador and most of it is a national park. It is considered that the first of the islands was created 5–10 million years ago by tectonic activity. As a result, islands with frequent volcanic activity and constantly changing geology were created. The oldest of the islands are gradually sinking back into the Pacific Ocean.

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    There are so many things to be inspired from on the Galapagos Islands!

    The islands’ territory is a chain of 20 islands, 42 islets and over 250 rocks. 97% of the Galapagos Islands’ territory is a national park. Actually, the islands are more than just a national park of Ecuador – in 1979 UNESCO declared the Galapagos Islands Natural Heritage of Humanity.

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    You can swim with ancient species! Researchers believe that the Galapagos green sea turtle has swum the ocean and walked the beaches along with dinosaurs.

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    Another rare species is the giant Galapagos tortoise, which is the largest living species of tortoise; it can weigh up to 417 kg. An interesting fact is that the name of the islands comes from the name of the Galapagos turtles.

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    The Pacific Ocean near the Galapagos Islands also gives the opportunity to meet the local Marine Iguana – it is the only swimming lizard, which can be seen only in Ecuador and Tanzania.

    The island of Floreana has an unconventional post system, located on the so-called Post Office Bay. It is a wooden barrel, placed on a coastline of the Floreana Island in the 18th century. Back then, the barrel was used as a post box by whaling ships that came through the area and it is still an active post office – each year thousands of letters and tourist postcards pass through the Post Office Bay.

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    Already excited to visit the islands? 😉

  • The most extravagant swimming pools

    Having a swimming pool in your backyard is tempting and useful for sunbathing, swimming and cocktail parties. But when you don’t have a swimming pool (or even a backyard), you should find the perfect place according to your needs.

    Evidently, some people’s needs are much more sophisticated than ours. Let’s see some of the most extravagant swimming pools in the world.

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    Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali

    You have probably come across those gardens at least a few times while browsing on Instagram. Ubud Luxury Resort is one of the most romantic places in Bali. Or on Earth, your call.

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     SkyPark – Marina Bay Sands hotel, Singapore

    The pool itself touches all three buildings of the hotel and is longer than the Eiffel Tower laid on its side. No wonder they call it “Infinity pool”! Oh, and it’s on the 57th floor.

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    Y-40 Deep Joy pool, Italy

    Enough about heights. Let’s talk depths. Y-40 Deep Joy in Montegrotto Terme, Italy, is the deepest pool in the world. Make a guess. Wrong! Over 40 metres, which places it in the Guinness World Records.

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    Blue Lagoon, Iceland

    Man-made geothermal spa? You’ve got it! The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most popular attractions. Imagine 39 degrees during the whole year and you will instantly understand why.

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    Crocosaurus Cove, Australia

    Also called The Cage of Death, Crocosaurus Cove is a very extreme experience in Darwin Town, Australia. Visitors are allowed to swim with 5-metres long saltwater crocodiles (behind a thick tube, of course). What a thrill, right?


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    Starkenberger Brewery Castle, Austria

    For a happy cheer at the end of the list, we have the beer pool in Starkenberger Brewery Castle in Austria. Thousands of litres of brew + healthy benefits such as increased blood circulation and softer skin? Yes, you can have it.