• 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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  • 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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  • 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?

  • 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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  • 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?

  • 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!

  • Tony Awards 2019

    The hype about the Tony Awards is nothing compared to the atmosphere surrounding the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes or the MTV Music Awards. But that is an unforgivable oversight. Broadway with its 41 super professional theatres in New York and the artists that achieve absolute perfection on their stages – that’s what the Tony Awards are all about.

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    Perhaps most of you don’t know that the official name of the Tony Award is Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theatre. The medallions are named after Antoinette “Tony” Perry, the co-founder of the American Theatre Wing.

    Let’s see what were the highlights during this year’s ceremony.

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    The location was Radio City Music Hall in New York. The colourful show was hosted by James Corden. Hadestown received the Best Musical award, Oklahoma! was the Best Revival of a Musical and The Ferryman won in the Best Play category.

    Hadestown won seven more Tony medallions, so perhaps you are willing to learn a bit more about it. As the name suggests, the musical is an adaptation of the ancient Greek myth for Orpheus and Eurydice – the one where Orpheus journeys to the underworld in order to save his fiancée. Eva Noblezada (Eurydice) didn’t win the prize for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical – even though she was a nominee in that category – but André De Shields who portrayed Hermes got the award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical.

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    What happened on the red carpet? The most memorable appearances were those of Billy Porter in a custom Celestine Couture outfit, Rachel Brosnahan in Christian Dior, Adam Driver (we are not sure who the designer he picked was; we only know that he nailed the black tux), Sophia Anne Caruso in Pamela Rolland and last but not least – Lucy Liu in Christian Siriano.

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  • Summer festivals in Europe 2019

    Summer is definitely the festival season, but instead of talking about music festivals you have all heard of, we decided to show you some other interesting events in Europe you can also visit this summer.

    Flow Festival, Helsinki, Finland

    Wonder what’s the best time to visit Helsinki? Definitely during the summer season and especially between 9 and 11 August, when the Flow Festival takes place. The fest is best known for its sustainable organization, which aims to leave a zero-carbon footprint, present sustainable meals, use 100% recycled materials, protect the Baltic Sea and create a safe space, where everybody can enjoy their stay.


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    World Bodypainting Festival, Klagenfurt, Austria

    World Bodypainting Festival in Klagenfurt is the place where art meets modernity. The magical show program brings together over 300 artists to celebrate visual culture through creative body paintings. The event will be held between 11 and 13 July.

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    Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, Scotland

    Founded in 1947, The Fringe is the world’s biggest art festival which shows works of artists from all over the world. During almost a month (2 – 26 August), Fringe will present thousands of shows, covering every single form of art (theatre, dance, cabaret, opera, music, exhibitions and installations, etc.). Don’t hesitate to visit the festival this year.

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    The Road Junky Festival of Creativity, Czech Republic

    Do you like the emotions of a festival, but prefer less crowded places? This one might be just for you. More like a family gathering than a festival, The Road Junky Festival of Creativityis an alcohol- and smartphone-free place, where people connect with themselves and with each other. With its many creative workshops and activities, which occur during a 10day period (June 21 – July1), the festival makes a creative runaway from the everyday life and opens more space for self-expression.

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    Corso de la Lavande – Lavender festival in Digne-les-Bains, Provence, France

    If you happen to be in France during the period 3 -7 August, you should definitely visit the Lavender festival in Digne. During the 4 days you will see various thematic performances – from the members of the Commanderie de la Lavande dressed in purple robes and felted hats, to the colourfully decorated tractors, trucks, ships and even Provence houses with their yards. You could also try the regional lavender honey, biscuits, syrup and paté.

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    Vazdukharia aircraft festival, Sopot, Bulgaria

    This one of a kind Balkan gliding festival takes place between 6 and 8 September in Sopot. Vazdukharia gathers pilots of unpowered aircrafts from around the world and fans of air space activities. Apart from flying with a paraglider, hang glider, balloon or other engineless aircraft, you could enjoy aerial acrobatics and the art program with different workshops and music shows.

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    Pizza Village festival, Naples, Italy

    Pizza Village in Naples is (probably) the most delicious festival you will ever visit. It is also the world’s largest pizza celebration and has taken place every year since 1995. This year, the fest will also mark the end of summer. During the period 13 – 22 September, Naples will become the most desirable place in Europe, where pizza is available in its many different shapes, sizes and flavours in original Neapolitan style, as well as various bite-worthy interpretations of Italian pizzaiolos.

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