Hello from Moscow, Russia! Turns out that a short weekend trip will make you just as happy as a long vacation.
I have a confession to make. I am obsessed with green juices. I started drinking them at least 3 times a week about 9 months ago, opting for juice instead of an afternoon snack, and the difference I notice on my skin and energy level is tremendous. Now all I dream about is my own juicer… Which won’t happen until I move into a place with a bigger kitchen (a situation that as a New Yorker, I’ve accepted). Goal set!
Sometimes I feel like I’m the only CRAZY ONE who believes that we can make a difference. OR NOT? We (nonprofit Global Goods Partners, volunteers and me) are trying to raise money to promote companies that give back through #FairTuesday during the 2013 Holiday season. Some educate kids in Uganda, some give people in forgotten villages in Pakistan a chance to make money, some plant much needed trees in Madagascar, some support victims of sex trafficking. There’s so many people that need help. To do that, we need to raise 5K for a website and promo materials.
I’m not asking you to volunteer hundreds of hours like I did. $5 from each is all we need to make it happen. I don’t care what your financial situation is. This will be the best $5 you’ve spent, I promise. I’ll even do a public victory dance if we meet our goal.
Donate 5 bucks NOW: http://wedid.it/campaigns/385
I got to see Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives” on its opening night, and as it has happened to me before at Angelika Film Center in New York, the director showed up after the movie to speak about it (one of the reasons I love NYC!).
The movie surpassed even “Drive” in its level of graphic violence, enough to make you cringe. Aside from that, the artistic side of the movie definitely deserves attention. From its exotic Bangkok setting, to the use of beauty of women and art to level off the fight scenes, and the fact that every scene was filmed in chronological order with enough space for the actors to improvise, it’s quite special.
The post-movie Q&A was conducted by Leslye Headland, a.k.a. the director of “Bachelorette.”
When someone asked Nicolas why he casts angelic-like, “beautiful” Ryan Gosling to act in such violent movies, the answer was short: “Ryan looks sexy violent”. Hey, Girl.
Attending “Women In The World” Summit this year with the Global Goods Partners team, I had the honor of finding out more about Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl who survived a terrorist attack and proved that what extremists fear the most is a girl with a book.
Her 16th birthday, July 12, has been designated a Malala Day by the U.N. and represents the goal of education for all children.
Here’s an amazing, moving video that raises awareness for the issue and gives Malala a voice in a medium that has more potential to reach her peers worldwide than a U.N. or other social good event, – a captivating music video.
When it comes to perfume, I’m over the mass produced overpriced choices. Back high school, you would not have been trendy, if you didn’t have “Ultraviolet” by Paco Rabanne, “Light Blue” by Dolce & Gabbana or “Bright Crystal” by Versace at different points of time.
As soon as I smelled “Ambrette 9″ by Le Labo for the first time in the basement of Barneys on a cold winter NYC day, I fell in love with its subtly and natural smell that adapts to your skin and is quite durable. Today I treated myself to a refill – the store offers around 15% discount when you refill your old bottle. Reduce, reuse, recycle and smell amazing! xo Ksenia
Le Labo in Nolita: 233 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012 212.219.2230
On my January trip to Hawaii, I got hooked on Hawaiian air, the hula dance, the water of unbelievably clear blue color, the Aloha approach to life, and açaí bowls. Let me get it straight: none of the above can be replicated in New York where I live, except for the latter.
ACAI BOWL [pronounced ah-sa-EE]: An acai bowl, originally called acai na tigela, is a dish that has its origins in the Amazon of Brazil. The main ingredient is the mashed and frozen fruit of the acai palm which has recently been popularized due its many health benefits. Can be served with granola, fruit, coconut flakes and honey or agave syrup.
A health nut who strongly believes that breakfast is the most important meal, I’ve been experimenting with superfood-loaded acai bowls: from traditional to vegan and raw. The subjects of my experiments include mango, papaya, raw chocolate, kiwis, goji berries, raspberries, aloe vera juice, vegan protein and homemade granola, among others. You can see the results of creative loving approach to food on #BreakfastCriminals. Well guess what, the company that popularized acai in the US – Sambazon – has noticed my creations through Instagram and featured 6 of my recipes on their website, wohoo (look out for my heart-shaped acai bowls and more!)
As a supporter of fair trade and organizer of #FairTuesday, I am always on the lookout for innovative and cool ways to DO GOOD. I recently found out about You and Who, and it’s worth a mention! YaW is a buy-one-give-one company that sells t-shirts with fun prints that help causes in 40 US cities, with each design from the most recent collection dedicated to a different city. The prints are created by talented designers across the US, and You and Who donates a matching t-shirt to a local shelter in the city the artist is from (when checking out, you are given a choice of a t-shirt or three meals). LOVE the cause and WANT the tees!
Before my attention is completely swayed away by the NYC Social Media Week, I’d like to talk to you about the most notable trends of the Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week.
Trend #1: It’s in the Cropped Jacket
Tonal perfection by J. Brand / Yeehaw! by Holmes & Yang / Leather bomber and beanie DKNY / Quilted Leather bomber and boots by Belstaff
Trend #2: Leather Obsession
Leather was all over the place, ruling the runways with its rocked out 90s feel. One of the strongest statements – and my personal favorite – were leather pants that ranged from skinny (yay!) to baggy (if you have model body, go for it).
Leather skinnies by Pierre Balmain / Rocked out look by BLK DNM / Baggy leather pants by Reed Krakoff
Trend #3: Black or White
You simply can’t go wrong with a black and white combo next fall. What’s simpler than that? Add some pleats, unexpected fabric combos (such as chiffon with leather), and you’re all set for your most fashionable season ever. Look up to Jason Wu: Mrs. Obama’s designer of choice has nailed the golden section for romantic + edgy.
Black and white a-la Bianca Jagger suits by Jenni Kayne / Beautiful pleats by Jason Wu
Trend #4: Show Me Some Boho
I love bohemian pieces here and there, and nothing says more boho than some fur. This time around, it’s more tailored, sleek and grown up. Love.
Fur rebel by Rebecca Taylor, who drew inspiration from David Bowie / “What kind of bird are you?” by Pierre Balmain / Belted boho perfection by Jason Wu
Trend #5: Sexy Cutouts
If you want to tastefully expose some skin – black chiffon is for you. And even though exposed midriffs are so Spring 2012, this earthy number from Katie Gallagher makes it look relevant again.
Cutout goddess by Katie Gallagher / Elegant and edgy by Yigal Azrouel / Stripy sexy by Jason Wu
Trend #6: Just Try to Keep Looking into My Eyes, or Plunging V-Neck
As your mom probably has taught you in one of those “how to be a lady” talks, when you want to wear something sexy, focus on one part of your body. If it’s a mini skirt, then forget about a deep décolletage, and vice versa. You get the point. Here’s a perfect example of that: deep, magnetizing v-neck combined with a maxi length simple skirt. He will love it, and so will your mom.
Elegant simplicity by Jenni Kayne / Cool & sexy by Pierre Balmain / Flowy gorgeousness by Diane von Furstenberg
Bonus: What a Girl Wants, or The Gowns
References to nature in these gowns blew me away. Veronica Beard’s creation looks like a costume of an alien coming from a planet where clothes are made from pyrite.
Gatsby-esque Tadashi Shoji / Malachite-inspired organic ornaments by my favorite Monique Lhuillier / Liquid gold gown by Veronica Beard
I had so much fun styling One Mango Tree organic cotton Pintuck Dress with fair trade accessories from Global Goods Partners for a soft winter look with an edgy twist!
As a seasoned fan of One Mango Tree’s bags and accessories with gorgeous African prints, I enjoyed taking my affair with the brand further and trying on its apparel.
Bolivian Alpaca Knit Hat and Fingerless Gloves from Global Goods Partners were my love at first sight. They’re super soft and warm – perfect for the East Coast winter. I also used Three Tier Silk Beaded Necklace from Morocco, Recycled Glitter Clutch from Cambodia, Indian Clutch Bag, and statement Eco-chic Bottle Top Tassel and Clay Earrings from Swaziland for this look – wearing the whole world map at once while supporting artisans who need it most. That’s my kind of style! #FairTuesday
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