• 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.

  • 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! 😊

  • Style Remix: Chris Evans

    Have you ever asked yourselves the question “What would Captain America do”? No? Truth be told, we haven’t done it either. But many Americans have. Belated happy birthday, Captain America, also known as Chris Evans!

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    Christopher Robert Evans was born on June 13, 1981, in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating from high school in his hometown, he moved to New York where he took theatre classes. 1997 was the year of his first appearance on television in the short film Biodiversity: Wild About Life! Seven years later, he was offered the leading role in the films The Perfect Score and Cellular.

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    His first superhero role was in 2005 in Fantastic Four – a film based on the Marvel Comics (little we all knew back then, the Marvel Cinematic Universe in his life was just beginning).

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    Chris co-starred alongside Keanu Reeves in Street Kings in 2008. He also appeared in two comic-book adaptations – The Losers in 2010 and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, also in 2010.

    The premiere of Captain America: The First Avenger was in 2011. Iron Man, Hulk and Thor joined him a year later, in 2012, for The Avengers. The next solo chapters for the Captain were Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. The entire crew gathered again for Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015, Avengers: Infinity War in 2018 and Avengers: Endgame in 2019.

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    Apart from his superpowers, Evans is famous for his love for animals. While filming the title Giftedin a shelter, Chris adopted a dog. Just like that, he found it inbetween the scenes.

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    Are you admiring the cap already?

  • 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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  • 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!

  • Outfits under Rihanna’s umbrella

    @BadGalRiri is a synonym for style. Original, extravagant, unique style. Rihanna knows that she owns not just the flat screens, but also the red carpets. Here is why she decided to share her knowledge and boldness with everyone.

    Her first fashion venture was in 2011 with Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans. She designed denim and lingerie lines. Two years later, in 2013, she presented a collection for River Island during London Fashion Week.
    And then… along came Puma.

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    The sportswear brand and Riri officially announced their partnership in 2014. In September 2015, her first collection for Puma was presented. The first shoes they launched were sold out in less than 3 hours of the pre-sale!

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    Fenty Puma by Rihanna bag, shoes and trousers from remixshop.com

    One year later, the singer presented two clothing lines in collaboration with the label: the first one during New York Fashion Week and the second one – during Paris Fashion Week. Rihanna’s collections for the brand are inspired by Japanese street culture. The designs (shoes, clothing, bags and accessories) are bold and naïve, they mix street style with sports vibes.

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    Fenty Puma by Rihanna backpack from remixshop.com

    In 2017, she also launched the cosmetics company Fenty Beauty. 2018 was the year for her lingerie brand “Savage X Fenty”.

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    Fenty Puma by Rihanna jacket and jumpsuit from remixshop.com

    This year, Riri and LVMH confirmed they will launch a luxury brand together. Fenty will be the first brand the conglomerate will be launching from scratch since 1987.
    #goodluck, #badgalriri!

    Shop the designs from Fenty Puma by Rihanna now!

  • Designer Remix: Valentino

    Even if you haven’t heard of Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani, you have heard of Maison Valentino and the trademark “Valentino red”.

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    Valentino Garavani was born in 1932 in Vogera (Italy, of course). He began to study fashion in Milan, then moved to the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. When he had to pick an apprenticeship, his first choice was Jacques Fath, then Christóbal Balenciaga.

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    His first collection was presented in 1959, and his first couture collection – in 1962 in Florence (the fashion capital at the time). There and then, he began to earn his international reputation. By the mid 60s, Valentino was the favourite designer of some of the world’s best-dressed women, including Jacqueline Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor.

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    The designer opened his first shop in Milan in 1969. The following year he opened stores in Rome and New York. Valentino Garavani became known for his dresses in a very bright red shade – a shade which will always remain in the history of fashion as “Valentino red”. Some of his famous clients are Anne Hathaway and Princess Madeleine of Sweden (they both wore wedding dresses designed by him).

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    In 2006, Valentino Garavani received the French Legion of Honour medal. He retired in 2008. At the Venice Film Festival the following year Matt Tyrnauer presented the movie Valentino: The Last Emperor. In 2016, was Pierpaolo Piccioli was appointed sole Creative Director of Maison Valentino.

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