• 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • The wristwatch – men’s all time source of fashion inspiration

    The wristwatch has been for decades now one of the most expensive accessories and one of the most desirable items in a man’s outfit. It represents one’s personality and social status and it can make a strong first impression regarding personal sense of style or, in some cases, the lack of it. You can feel it already, right? The watch is a tricky accessory to choose and wear and yet a proper one could become the perfect sidekick for any look.

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    Some interesting facts about watches:

    The wristwatch was originally intended to be worn by women. The first wristwatch was created in the 16th century as a gift for the queen of England Elizabeth I. Back then, it was described as an arm watch. Men started to wear wristwatches significantly later – towards the end of the 19th century.

    Watches on window displays usually show 10 minutes past 10 and 10 minutes to 2 o’clock. These two positions of the clock hands are known as the Happy time. When the hands are set this way, it seems as if the clock is smiling and this happy face projects positivity to the observers/ clients.

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    Komono watches from Remixshop.com

    Functionalities on watches such as water resistance, date display and moon phase are known as complications. Watches can have multiple complications in dive and pilot watches. However, dress watches have little or no complications other than simply showing the time.

    If you want to do it right, you have to consider the watch as an investment piece. Well-crafted and durable watches are often handmade and therefore very expensive. But higher price doesn’t always mean higher quality.

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    The wristwatch is a timeless piece. Pick the best match for most of your outfits and needs, don’t just buy your watch following the current fashion trends.

    Speaking of timeless pieces, watches are great heirlooms. Not only that the old watch of your grandfather could be a really nice vintage fashion find but also its age and previous owner put additional value to it.

    Find our selection with stylish watches here.

  • Sustainable summer fun

    We love the summer season and this planet so much that we couldn’t resist writing another green material. This time, we are sharing with you some sustainable practices you should try to add to your summer lifestyle.

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    Use ocean-safe sunscreen

    The long sunny days of summer are definitely the ones when we need sunscreen the most, but don’t hesitate to be picky when it comes to what you put on your skin. Not only can some sunscreens are very harmful to the skin, they could also harm marine life. Many of them contain dangerous ingredients like oxybenzoneand octinoxate,which damage the coral reefs. So we recommend using sunscreens like Acorelle, which are made with reef-friendly and vegan ingredients.

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    Buy eco-friendly swimwear

    Remember we already told you about Aquafil– a green brand that recycles plastic waste and turns it into threads used for the production of beachwear? It’s one of the options to look great on the beach and at the same time to show some respect to the environment. But there are so many other brands which make their swimwear from recycling, reusing and upcycling. Some of them are Reformation, Riz Board Shorts, Summersalt, Vitamin A.

    Sustainable speakers and headphones

    Speaking of the beach, you probably imagine it with the sound of your favourite music, that’s why we’ve prepared for you a sustainable solution. A number one priority for the brand House of Marleyis to show quality on all levels. Along with the great sound, the company aims to be as harmless as it can for our world. Their products are crafted from carefully sourced materials including bamboo, recyclable fabrics, plastic and aluminum.


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    Eco-friendly floaties

    When you hear sustainability,maybe the last thing you think of are floaties. But have you heard of the brand Funboy? They create cool and fun looking floaties and also support the cause to provide clean and safe drinking water for people in developing nations.

    Homemade snacks

    Instead of buying snacks, make them at home and keep them fresh in reusable silicone bags. You can try it out with some vegetable sticks and seasonal berries. Also, instead of disposable cups and bottles for your favourite drinks, buy reusable ones and enjoy your fresh beverages outdoors.

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    Now you’re all packed and ready to have guilt-free, sustainable summer fun! 😊

  • Strawberry season

    Nowadays you can eat strawberries from January to December – they are available on the market all year round. But summer is their true season. Here are a few easy and tasty recipes with the red juicy fruit to guide you through the day.

    Breakfast: strawberry-banana smoothie

    Ingredients: almond milk, water, sliced strawberries, banana, vanilla extract
    For the hot months to come, you can also add some ice cubes.

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    Brunch: crêpes with strawberries

    Crêpesis the chic French word for pancakes. And everyone knows that pancakes are the perfect choice for brunch.
    Ingredients: flour, salt, milk, egg + honey and strawberries for the topping

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    Lunch: strawberry bruschetta

    This is a simple, yet very healthy choice for lunch.
    Ingredients: baguette, ricotta cheese, spinach, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and strawberries

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    Cocktail hour: strawberries + alcohol

    We are keeping It classy with a strawberry daiquiri!
    The ingredients are white rum, strawberry liqueur, sugar, lime juice and strawberries. The proportions can be discussed with your favourite bartender.

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    Dinner: shrimp salad with strawberries and avocado

    That choice is a bit extravagant, but it’s definitely a good one!
    Ingredients: shrimp, lettuce, arugula, avocado, strawberries, olive oil + lemon juice, honey, pepper, salt and parsley for the dressing

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    Dessert: chocolate dipped strawberries

    This option is super easy and it only takes 10 minutes of preparation + 15 minutes for the chocolate to cool.
    Ingredients: dark chocolate and strawberries. We told you it was simple!

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    Mix and match our strawberries suggestions and don’t forget to share the results with us!

  • The longest electric car journey

    Electric cars are super cool and they are definitely good for the environment (at least once the manufacturing process is over). We love the environmental benefits they have. However, they have to be charged pretty often and you can’t do longer distances with them… Or can you?

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    Dutchman Wiebe Wakker just claimed the longest ever electric car journey. His trip started in the Netherlands and ended at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney with a parade of 50 electric cars.

    Wakker, 32, said that the journey intended to prove the viability of electric vehicles as means of slowing the pace of climate change. All his travels were funded by public donations and sponsors from all over the world.

    His Volkswagen Golf, named “The Blue Bandit”, covered 33 countries. The whole trip took a little more than three years. That may sound like a decent period of time to some of you, but bear in mind that Wiebe had to drive for 95 000 kilometres! He also had to ship his car between continents three times (the longest route being from Indonesia to northern Australia).

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    “People are congratulating me as I have shown the possibilities of electric cars but I am more happy with all the help I received from people during my journey. Wow, what a trip!”, Wakker posted on his Facebook page.

    What a trip indeed!