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I was thinking about softness, and how it changes your vibe. We're all very smart, very clever, very defended. We don't want anyone to see how films about animals make us cry, or our scrap booking, or all the mistakes we made and continue to make around everything in life. We don't want anyone to see that we're lonely, or frightened, or exuberant about the simplest things. We don't want anyone to see us being childlike and hopeful. So we cultivate our intellect, our opinions, our thoughts on where we've been and where we're going. Today I was in the kitchen eating what I'd cooked, when my husband walked in. I have a horrible history of burning food. There was the time several months ago when I retreated to the microwave, defeated, afraid my absent-mindedness would burn the house down (talk about repressed rage). In the last few weeks I've been trying the stove again – scheduling cooking time, staying put in the kitchen, turning on the timer, sharpening my attention, and not burning anything! I'm cured! I'm a cook! I'm not a menace, I can do this! And the ground turkey I cooked in the pan smelled very nice on my plate. And he says, alarm and accusation in his voice, "Did you burn something?" "No!" I look up at him in shock. "It smells like you burned something. Something's burned." and he walks into the kitchen. "No, no!" I defend, going for the pan, picking it up to show him, feeling five years old and incompetent. "It's just nicely brown, see?" I say forcefully, totally righteously. It's his nose that's wrong. "Well, it smells like something's burned." All of a sudden I get what I really feel. Yes, I'm five. I screw up my face and do big time mock crying and whining. "But I didn't burn it!" I wail. "I didn't... " and I go all gooey, pan in my hand, miserable. And in that second, my husband does a 180. His eyes go deep and very blue-green, he smiles so fast I'm taken aback, and he comes towards me, arms around me, "Ohhhhhhh," he says. And that's the end of it. "So, how's your day?" he skips right to his next thought, and he's standing right up against me, and we're connected, and I leap from five-year-old to grownup, from lump to goddess. Long ago, whenever this happened, I used to think it was because he was competitive and didn't want me to be big. I thought he liked me girly and the loser at chess and gin rummy. I thought he was scared of my fortitude. Now I know that's not it at all. He just likes me better soft. He likes me better where I am than where I wish I was. He likes me better human than mistake-proof. Love advice: And by liking me better this way, he encourages me to rise to the ultimate test of any relationship: He inspires me to say that I like myself best when I'm with him.

By Rori Raye

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three Steps to Defeat Debt
president. "The benefit in getting Consumers viewing credit card statements too often experience "Sticker 1.) Evaluate and Set Goals debt reduced and controlled over time is that people have time to develop Shock," that is sickening, pulse-quickening reality slap of how much they 2.) Develop an Action Plan budgeting skills, spending discipline actually spent over a period of time. 3.) Apply Savings to Debt. and the other necessary behavioral attributes that will benefit them for After taking a deep breath and maybe the rest of their lives." intoning a soothing mantra or two, consider this three-step strategy for getting debt under control from InCharge Debt Solutions, a leading nonprofit 1.) Evaluate and Set Goals – goal-setting is the most imagency that has helped over 1.2 million people pay back portant part of overcoming debt problems. "When people are in financial distress they have trouble planning beyond a staggering $2.8 billion in debt. the next day," advises Gail Cunningham, vice president of InCharge employs the same basic 3-step process when membership and public relations for the National Foundacertified credit counselors work one-on-one with consum- tion for Credit Counseling. "Setting both short- and longers in confidential and free telephone sessions. The key, term goals can define where you want to be and help you whether you get help or do it on your own, is to objective- get there." Start the new year by setting a goal of how ly and completely evaluate the current financial situation, much debt you would like to eliminate and what you realset clear and achievable goals along with a detailed bud- istically think can be accomplished. get and action plan for savings, and then be disciplined in applying those savings to decreasing the debt burden 2.) Develop an Action Plan - find an expenditure to cut, during the year. look for another one and continue until you have chopped out every unnecessary expense in your budget. "Tackling debt requires a commitment to changing spending habits and building on cost-cutting measures," says Etta Money, president of InCharge. "Pack a bag lunch, look for savings in cable and insurance costs, do whatever you can to reduce your expenses, keep looking for new ways to cut back, and stick to your plan." 3.) Apply Savings to Debt - once every unnecessary expenditure has been eliminated, take inventory of your finances and apply as much as possible towards reducing your debts. Have you saved $80 per month in cost-cutting measures? Adding that to your normal credit card payments each month will reduce your debt by an additional $1,000 by the end of 2012. "The InCharge three-step strategy works only if you set goals, cut expenses and consistently apply the money you are saving each month towards your debt payments," reminds Etta Money. "It can be done, but it takes a commitment to change." For consumers intimidated by budget building, at a loss for where to begin expense cutting, or simply overwhelmed by their debt problems, InCharge certified credit counselors are standing by to help guide them through the process. Call 877-486-4924 for a free credit counseling session and start off on the path to solving your debt problems! "People don't get into debt problems overnight, and they can't expect to get out of them overnight either, which is actually a silver lining," explained Etta Money, InCharge's
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Jewelry Immersed in Dreams and Fantasy
Created for women who wish to have their first special jewel, such as the Mini Atenea ring or earrings; or for those who feel an authentic passion for jewelry and wish to enjoy the incomparable designs of the Atenea rings, pendants, and earrings, where graceful shapes and great volumes give the illusion of starfish moving their arms to the rhythm of the waves. Sensational and splendid jewelry pieces with reflections and iridescence that dress a beautiful woman full of individuality.

A New World
The launch of the Rolls-Royce Phantom on 1 January 2003 was much more than the reveal of a new ultra-luxury car; it signalled the 21st Century renaissance of the world’s most famous luxury automobile brand and the first glimpse of a masterpiece that quickly established itself at the pinnacle of automotive excellence. Without parallel in the car industry, the achievement was all the more astonishing for a brand which shouldered the weight of historic ups (and occasional downs) and for which expectations for the future were rightly high. From launch, the Rolls-Royce Phantom proved itself a worthy recipient of the famous Spirit of Ecstasy figurine. From Pantheon grille to long rear overhang, the design was clearly a Rolls-Royce. Every angle revealed a bold yet elegant car with road presence that was second to none. For such an imposing car, Phantom surprised drivers with its agility and precision in motion while its ride was described by the company at the time as ‘designed to lower the pulse’. The magnificently sublime ride, famed through model generations, had returned and waftability re-affirmed itself in the company lexicon. Today, Rolls-Royce presents Phantom Series II, a family of pinnacle cars that have been thoughtfully updated with the introduction of cutting-edge technology, enhancements to an already peerless drive-train and improvements in connectivity that reflect the changing world in which we live. Phantom’s striking and modern front end best encapsulates the essence of changes that lie beneath, with re-styled bumpers and rectangular light apertures that frame full-LED light clusters. These allow the integration of new technologies like curve light functionality, where headlamp beams are reflected in the direction of travel to provide greater illumination of the road ahead when cornering. And adaptive headlamps, where light patterns change automatically and - of course - effortlessly in response to different driving speeds.
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Phantom Series II

By Scott Black

At its heart, every Phantom family car hosts a hand-assembled, naturally aspirated 6.75 litre V12 engine. This sophisticated direct-injection engine develops 531lb ft of torque more than three quarters of which is available at 1,000 rpm. The torque curve remains largely flat between 1,000 and 3,000 rpm - an important prerequisite for effortless city driving - and moves occupants from 0 to 60 in 5.7 seconds and onto an electronically limited top speed of 149mph (155mph for Phantom Coupé) where market conditions allow. Phantom’s power reserve gauge is another of those trademark Rolls-Royce design cues that always raises a smile. In operation, it casually reveals the enormous power potential at a driver’s disposal should he or she require it. But, in most circumstances, Phantom’s performance is simply a matter of seamless, effortless progress.


We should think of Phantom design as a piece of popular, classical music. Over time this has the possibility of different interpretations without losing the essential melody that we know so well.
Ian Cameron – Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Director of Design


Phantom’s already sublime drive-train has also been enhanced. The addition of a new 8-speed automatic gearbox and rear differential perfectly complement the V12 direct injection engine, improving exemplary dynamics, as well as the famous Rolls-Royce promise of a magic carpet ride. Effortless is a word that perhaps best epitomises the Phantom experience, both for drivers and their passengers. So an improved user interface, as well as the addition of new driver assistance technologies, have been built on the foundation of a new electronics’ platform for Phantom Series II. The satellite navigation system, for example, has been fully updated with functions that include 3D map display with landscape topography, guided tours, as well as enhanced points of interest and composite route planning. Audio visual content, satellite navigation maps and driver information is presented on Phantom’s new 8.8 inch control centre display, underlined by eight programmable bookmarks in chrome for optimum convenience in selecting key functions. Front, rear and top-view camera systems, further augment Phantom’s ease of use particularly when driving in tight urban environments. When reverse parking for example, rear path prediction automatically deploys on-screen. These significant changes add further substance to a reputation Phantom has proudly built since launch of the signature Rolls-Royce back in 2003. It is a new world. But it’s a world in which the RollsRoyce Phantom family will occupy a pinnacle position for many years to come. Simplicity of design and the very finest materials contribute to the timeless architecture of any Phantom, where touch points are exclusively wood, chrome and leather and where feet can easily be lost in deep, lambswool rugs. Arguably the best place to experience Phantom’s luxury is from the rear seat of Phantom Saloon where passengers - elevated by 18 mm - are presented with an inspirational view down the long sweep of the bonnet and onto the Spirit of Ecstasy. A reduction in the number of seat flutes in front and rear, from five to three, gives a more modern complement to the car’s sumptuous natural grain leather and flutes are also added to Drophead Coupé and Coupé seats for Phantom Series II. An oasis of calm, Rolls-Royce interiors are the perfect environment in which to relax and unwind in welcoming silence. But they can also be a centre for entertainment. Phantom Saloon’s theatre configuration adds two monitors within veneered picnic tables for rear seat passengers which are linked to a multi-media player, mounted in a compartment at the rear of the centre console. The inclusion of AV connectors, a six-DVD changer housed in the lower glove box and USB port in the centre console, means occupants can view separate content wherever they may be seated, front or rear. The LOGIC7TM surround sound system by Harman can create a truly cinematic experience on any journey. Seven individual sound signals are processed specifically for the car and its interior conditions using a combination of speakers that include subwoofers housed within resonance chambers in the space created by Phantom’s double floor. A nine-channel amplifier delivers supreme clarity,
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And coach doors with soft close function, which house Tefloncoated umbrellas to provide the grandest form of disembarkation from any motor car, whatever the weather. Nearly ten years from launch, the design team responsible for creating a modern masterpiece remain at Rolls-Royce. And for Director of Design Ian Cameron, updating a 21st Century classic would start with one priority: a harmonious, timeless design to embrace state-of-the-art technological improvements. The new, modern front-end for Phantom Series II, perhaps best exemplifies changes that are more than skin deep. Recessed behind new rectangular light apertures and re-designed front bumpers are fully LED light clusters. The signature is an elegant and dramatic bar, capturing the simple elegance of a continuously lit element, a feature complementing Rolls-Royce tail light design. For balance and proportion, this is integrated horizontally across the centre of Phantom’s four-compartment headlamp. clearly placing musical instruments, sound effects and dialogue at different depths giving the impression of sitting in row one or 20 of a concert. A stylish new chrome controller, discreetly hidden within the centre console and rear-centre arm rests when not in use, is flanked by function keys such as menu, telephone and navigation to allow easier access to infotainment functions. For Phantom Series II the telephone cradle has been replaced by a standard fit smart phone cradle which connects directly into the car antennae. The centre recess now also includes USB, Aux-in and 12V power sockets. Additionally, music can be copied directly onto the car’s hard-drive, thanks to the addition of a USB port in the glove compartment. Familiar themes begin with the famous Spirit of Ecstasy, proudly adorning each model’s Pantheon grille leaning into the wind with fluttering gown, while in side profile all Phantom family members present a long rear over-hang and classic two-to-one wheel to body height. But 21st Century design cues also delight owners, as well as those for whom a glimpse of a Rolls-Royce is a rare moment to be treasured. The interlocked double-R Rolls-Royce monogram in the hubcaps, for example, which remain upright at all times. Phantom Coupé and Drophead Coupé now come with a single piece grille surround, presenting a smoother, more contemporary front end that arch into sculpted front wings, while Phantom saloon features a new rear bumper incorporating a polished stainless steel highlight. The Rolls-Royce Phantom is lauded as the best car in the ultraluxury segment. However, in a world where technology moves rapidly, Rolls-Royce cannot stand still. Today, the company is embracing that second famous maxim and applying it to Phantom family - Phantom Saloon, Phantom Extended Wheelbase, Phantom Drophead Coupé and Phantom Coupé. The name Rolls-Royce is once more synonymous with excellence, built on the finest principles of Sir Henry Royce, realised through his partnership with Charles Rolls. Hand-built Phantom and Ghost cars combine the spirit of their illustrious forebears with ground-breaking technology and visionary engineering techniques, but with hand-craftsmanship and attention to detail at the core of every car’s promise to its owner.


Strive for Perfection in Everything You Do!

Sir Henry Royce – Rolls-Royce Motor Cars


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Refined Road Holding
By Scott Black

The leading expertise of Mercedes engineers in the development of pioneering all-wheel drive concepts did not come about by accident. Mercedes-Benz 4x4 history starts as far back as 1903, since when the guiding principle has been - if you want to make better and safer headway under tough conditions, all-wheel drive is the best technology. The all-wheel drive breakthrough came in 1907. Engineer Paul Daimler, the son of Gottlieb Daimler, had been working on this drive technology since 1903. It was for this reason that he was selected to lead the team that built the first all-wheel drive passenger car with an internal combustion engine, commissioned by the German Colonial Office. It was a real monster that took shape in the Daimler workshop in Berlin-Marienfelde. The all-wheel drive automobile was based on a commercial vehicle chassis, had a wheelbase of 157 inches and a track of 56 inches. With an overall length of around 193 inches and standing almost nine feet high, the vehicle weighed in at around 3.6 tons. Dubbed the "Dernburg", it had permanent all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering to make the monstrous machine more maneuverable. Alongside a number of six-wheeled passenger vehicles with four driven rear wheels (6x4 drive principle), the 30s saw the birth of the G5. By the standards of the day, the 4x4 vehicle was state-of-the-art. It had all-wheel drive and an advanced five-speed transmission. To make it more maneuverable on rough terrain, it was equipped with manually-activated four-wheel steering. Several of these vehicles were put into service by the German mountain rescue service, with some of them still in use well after the Second World War. The modern history of Mercedes-Benz all-wheel drive vehicles undoubtedly began in 1979 with the arrival of the G-Model. At its market launch in early 1979, there were four engine options available with output ranging from 72 hp to 150 hp, as either cabriolet or station wagon with a
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short or long wheelbase. 1989 saw a significant development - alongside the redesigned original with the internal reference "Series 461", which subsequently became the highly capable base model for utility applications, Mercedes launched the range dubbed "Series 463". With new, permanent all-wheel drive, ABS, limited-slip differential on the front and rear axles, as well as a 100 percent locking center diff, it made a very clear technical statement. Since 2001, the G-Class has also been equipped with pioneering stability, traction and brake control systems ESP®, 4ETS and brake assist. The G-Class résumé is positively teeming with superlatives. It has won the Paris-Dakar Rally, serves as Papal transportation, wins consumer awards left right and center and formed the gene pool for the entire Mercedes-Benz SUV family line. And that's not all - with its model life of 30 years plus, the "G" is far and away the longest-serving model range in Mercedes-Benz history. Since Mercedes-Benz brought its first 4MATIC model to the U.S. in 1989, American drivers have been increasingly drawn to the handling and safety benefits of all-wheel drive. Entry into the world of Mercedes-Benz all-wheel drive coupes now begins with the C350 Coupe 4MATIC. This best-selling premium mid-size coupe comes with a host of outstanding features, including best-in-class safety and comfort equipment levels with up to nine airbags, active head restraints, automatic climate control and alloy rims, as well as the seven-speed automatic transmission. State-of-the-art driver assistance systems include Attention Assist, a HOLD feature for the Adaptive Brake system. Optional equipment includes Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Parktronic with parking guidance system. Like its rear-wheel drive sibling, the C350 Coupe 4MATIC is powered by a 3.5 liter V6 generating 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is uncompromised by the addition of 4MATIC and remains at an impressive 19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.

Moving into the full-size segment, the E350 4MATIC Sedan and Wagon are now joined by the E350 Coupe 4MATIC, bringing an additional injection of refined sporting character to one of Mercedes-Benz's biggest selling models in the U.S. Like the C350 Coupe 4MATIC, the E350 Coupe 4MATIC is powered by the 3.5-liter V6 engine and offers exactly the same fuel consumption as the E350 Coupe at 19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. The third and final addition to the range of 4MATIC coupes is the stunning and superbly athletic CLS550 4MATIC. With 402 hp pumping from its 4.6-liter V8 engine and 443 lb-ft of torque, the formidably dynamic character of this groundbreaking four-door coupe is now even more impressive. On the U.S. market since summer 2011, the new 4MATIC CLS variant is complemented by an extensive array of standard equipment and driver assistance systems, including PRE-SAFE, ABS anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST, traction control and the ESP electronic stability control. In the S-Class range, Mercedes-Benz offers U.S. customers the perfect combination of luxury refinement, astonishing fuel economy and, now, even more tenacious road holding. Last summer, Mercedes-Benz brought its first dieselpowered S-Class to the U.S. since the 1996 model year. Powered by a 3.0-liter V6 clean diesel with 240 hp and an astonishing 455 lb-ft of torque, it has an estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg city / 31 mpg highway. Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC has been the leading technology in all-wheel drive for decades. Mercedes-Benz drivers the world over value its sure-footed agility on all manner of terrain and in no less than 21 4MATIC vehicles across ten different model ranges in the U.S. (almost 50 vehicles worldwide). While the 4MATIC name immediately points to Mercedes-Benz icons such as the G-Class and SUV pioneers like the M-Class, it also has a side of great elegance

and athleticism. Look no further than the gorgeous and potent CLS550 4MATIC or the sporty and graceful C350 Coupe 4MATIC and E350 Coupe 4MATIC. At the top end of the range, there is now also supreme road holding combined with outstanding fuel economy in the S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC. Dubbed 4MATIC, the technology - comprising automatic differential lock, traction control and all-wheel drive - is controlled electro-hydraulically and promptly turns all other 4x4 concepts firmly on their heads. The state-of-the-art concept went on to make its market debut in 1987 in the great granddaddy of the current E-Class. Mercedes-Benz optimizes its 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive, now in its fourth generation, in accordance with application. In its purely road-going vehicles, the C, E, S and CL and CLS-Class, the version used is set up for best possible performance. The system's compact design delivers a weight benefit of between 99 and 154 pounds, allowing for

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little to no fuel economy change and the passenger space remains unchanged from that of a rear-wheel drive version. In the GLK compact SUV, the system is also equipped with additional electronics for off-road driving. The M and GL-Class offer a 4MATIC that not only delivers safe and refined on-road performance, but also incorporates first-class off-road technology. The base version of this 4MATIC also provides the R-Class with excellent drive. In the big daddy of off-road vehicles, the G-Class, the permanent all-wheel drive is also set up to master the toughest off-road terrain. As you might expect, every single 4MATIC variant boasts extremely refined road manners and excellent handling, while providing a significant boost to active safety. Add to that good fuel economy, which comes about as the result of low weight and friction-optimized design.

The M-Class and GL-Class are the vehicles that define the premium SUV segment and 4MATIC is the system that defines their superb handling both on and off the road. In both models, drive is split 50:50 between the front and rear axles. Sturdy prop shafts transfer power to the front and rear axle gear sets, while a bevel gear differential absorbs the rotational speed difference between the axles. ESP® and 4ETS also play their part in maintaining outstanding stability. 4ETS controls the distribution of driving force via brief braking inputs, using information from the ABS wheel sensors. If these rev sensors indicate that one or more wheels are losing grip, their brakes are applied automatically. The driving force to the wheels with good traction is consequently increased in proportion with the braking force applied to the slipping wheels, thus maintaining forward drive on loose or slippery surfaces. Ongoing model revisions have kept G-Class technology up to the minute for more than 30 years and, to this day, guarantee an outstanding drive system. Back in 1979, when it made its debut, the original G-Class was equipped with a selectable all-wheel drive system that operated with absolutely no electronic intervention, as per the technology of the day. The first major model revision came in 1990, bringing with it permanent 4x4. Since 2001, the G-Class has been equipped with additional electronic control systems. The combination of permanent all-wheel drive with the 4ETS traction system, ESP®, three locking differentials and low-range gearing gives the Mercedes-Benz G-Class a unique synthesis of high-performance dynamics and allwheel drive systems that is absolutely unique in the world.

Roads can be dry or wet, covered in snow, mud or even black ice. You can face side winds, hydroplaning, not to mention treacherous hills, dirt tracks or steep mountain passes fraught with tight serpentines, pot holes and uneven surfaces. As it turns out, there is a drive system that takes all of this in its stride - 4MATIC all-wheel drive from Mercedes-Benz. The electronically-controlled system displays an impressive level of traction on all manner of terrain, raises active safety and offers an outstanding degree of driveline refinement. Mercedes-Benz all-wheel drive technology has been tackling adverse road conditions throughout the world for more than 100 years, with the fourth generation of 4MATIC tech-

tests are complemented by extensive calibration programs using a wide variety of test beds and detailed simulation programs. In the early stages of development, prior to practical testing, experts test up to 1,000 different vehicle variants using virtual techniques covering around 220,000 digital driving maneuvers. The CLS550 4MATIC and S350 BlueTEC are already on sale at authorized Mercedes-Benz dealers, and the others will be available to customers in April. Prices start at $44,370 for the C350 Coupe 4MATIC, at $53,675 for the E350 Coupe 4MATIC, at $74,675 for the CLS550 4MATIC and at $93,425 for the S350 BlueTEC. nology leading the way since it was launched in 1985. One million vehicles equipped with 4MATIC have been sold todate in the U.S. (two million worldwide), making it one of the world's most trusted all-wheel drive systems. More than half of that total volume is attributable to Mercedes-Benz customers in the U.S., who have opted for 4MATIC technology in vehicles spanning the full breadth of the model lineup, ranging from sedans and stations wagons, through the entire range of class-leading SUVs to the stunning CL550 4MATIC. And now, the 2012MY lineup includes no less than four beautiful and exciting additions to the 4MATIC range - the S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC, CLS550 4MATIC, E350 Coupe 4MATIC , and the C350 Coupe 4MATIC. The set up of dynamic systems like 4MATIC allwheel drive is one of the biggest challenges in a vehicle's development phase. Active safety, comfort and drivability under all possible (and impossible) conditions depend heavily on this development work. This is why test engineers select the world's toughest environments in order to push new models in the prototype phase to the very limits of their physical capabilities. It is the only way to ensure that the production versions function reliably over a lengthy lifecycle - regardless of operating and environmental conditions. As a result, they undergo test driving under extreme desert conditions in the searing heat of the Namibian Desert, as well as calibration and test drives in the mind-numbing subzero temperatures north of the Arctic Circle. An ongoing comparison between "fire & ice" ensures that the information gathered in each environment can't have a negative impact on the other. Optimization is carried out in a similar manner in other areas of conflict with tools such as the "climb & speed" development program for off-road vehicles. In suspension testing on a race track, a new SUV might prove itself to be stable and safe at high speeds. But does it also display Mercedes refinement on the ride and comfort test circuit? Is the set up right for clambering around off-road? During the test phase, development engineers put several million kilometers onto a new model at locations all over the world. These practical

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Forging Ahead

By Lina Lasalle

Being Italy's oldest pen manufacturer and earning the title "Best of the Best" in both form and function. Montegrappa has exceptional characteristic designs shown around the world. They have created a way a written word truly speaks. With high-quality instruments giving tribute to such icons as Bruce Lee, Muhammad Ali and Naomi Campbell. Events have forged an unexpected but welcomed link between Montegrappa and one of the greatest names in the history of Grand Prix Racing. Formula One driver Jean Alesi, Montegrappa board member and brand ambassador, is now also an official ambassador for Lotus Cars. Jean will provide his expertise in the development of Lotus’ F1inspired Type 125 track-day car and the accompanying Exos programme. Jean joined Lotus Cars at the Autosport International Show at the NEC, to celebrate the unveiling of many of Lotus Cars’s racing disciplines including the preview of the new 2011 Lotus Renault GP F1 car livery. He admits that, “I’m delighted to be partnering with Lotus. I have a lot of affection for this great British brand, and I’m confident that they will achieve great things in the future both on and off the racetrack. I’m particularly passionate about anything that brings people closer to the racing action, and the Type 125 does exactly that. It’s the ultimate race experience.” Lotus’ Type 125 track-day car is a completely new design, an exclusive, ultrahigh-performance F1-like race car complete with a Cosworth 3.8-liter GP V8 engine producing 640bhp and linked to a six-speed semi-automatic Ricardo gearbox with paddle shift. It was conceived to provide customers with as close to a F1 experience as possible without the extreme technical complications of a true F1 car.

But unlike an F1 car, an army of technicians and mechanics is not required to start the engine and keep the car running: the start button is all a driver needs to get going. Its chassis is a full carbon design compliant with the latest F1 safety regs, but it is stretched to allow for larger drivers. 25 chassis are being produced, and purchasers of the Lotus Type 125 will be able to choose from a range of liveries including the Exos concept design, or as an option, their own, bespoke livery. Price of each completed vehicle is $1M, plus works and taxes; the price includes the first year’s membership of Exos club, an exclusive private members club only for Type 125 owners. The club will run five events this year, mainly centered around the redeveloped Hethel track. The dates align with certain F1 races, to allow customers to run their cars on Saturday and go to the race on Sunday.


otus will supply the technical team to run the car at Exos events, included within the price. Customers own their cars; they can store them at Lotus during 2011 or have them at their home, race team or other suitable arrangement. Owners can also use the cars between Exos events. With Alesi’s competition pedigree, at the highest levels in motorsport, Lotus believes that he is the perfect partner for the Type 125. Jean enjoyed a successful and eventful F1 career, competing in 202 Grands Prix and collecting a total of 241 points driving for Ferrari, Tyrell, Benetton, Sauber, Prost and Jordan. He collected his one and only F1 win driving for Ferrari in the 1995 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. Jean Alesi is still regarded as one of the most popular drivers in the F1 paddock.

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What is life without it
This is something I don’t ever want to have to think about. So, I will give you a vision into my world with a quick spin of the kaleidoscope. Paying it Forward & Letting My Passion Fly that would be the best description I could give you. To describe everything that I am about would take me more than this article can hold. I live a double life with that many may not know. By day, for the past 14 years I’ve made my living as a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. To be a part of the healing process in people’s lives, and being a part of making them whole again … Who wouldn’t feel passion behind this? By night and any other unscheduled moment in a day, I am a promoter and photographer. I have always loved photography, and 4 years ago I decided to pursue it on a more professional level. I came up with this crazy name Passionfly Photography, it has branded me with the motto … “Let Your Passion Fly”. I can’t say that I have any specific category of photography that I appreciate more, only that I love what I see through the lens, and get a jolt of inspiration every time I review images that leave footprints on the lives of those that were captured by my shutter. I’ve always loved music, but never had a true appreciation for it until I began consistently listening to live music. The vision of musician’s passion heard in a voice, with a strike of a drum, or a lick of a guitar purely amazes me. Thank you to all the musicians that have given me a different vision of music than I ever thought would be possible for me. You have let me feel your passion through the eye of my lens, and I love it! I am a social butterfly, and always have been. Do I need to be the center of attention? No… But, do I want to be standing in the wings feeling the same passion & excitement they do, yet in my own way? Of course! So, by the click of my shutter and my tenaciously viral ways on the internet … I’ve created a completely different angle with my passions. I may have created a monster with the amount of knowledge that I have bestowed upon myself, not because I have to… But, because I want to. People often ask me if I sleep. The answer would be: not too much. But, how can I when I have so many visions and ideas that I want to share with the world, and continue to pay forward whatever I can to help others? This has now compiled into the multi-faceted way that I promote local & national bands, organizations, events, and so on. Assisting others in the undying need for social media awareness of anything and everything that has a good meaning to it has become yet another passion of mine. Thankfully for others who do not have vast knowledge of social media, marketing, or advertising I have now become a search engine of information without them having to click the “on” button of a computer search for it. Somehow with all of this I have become very well-respected for my passion and professionalism to a point that I now create/manage many social media portals to increase the public awareness of the musician’s passion. Somewhere along the lines of all this, I have now become a booking agent, a band manager, fan page moderator, and all around “superwoman” of assistance.
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By Heather Koenig

I am now embarking on a new adventure with something that I didn’t really ever know could or would be possible. I was fortunate enough to have been able to meet another very driven, hard working, and passionate person who envisions a lot of the same things I do, but he is the musician I am not. So, we have collaborated together on a new business concept to help musicians everywhere … If they have the same drive, dedication, passion, willingness and want to succeed. Over the next few months we will be creating the master plan to create plans to help musicians create their own success with greater professionalism and respect for their talent. Thankfully I appreciate the passion, drive, dedication, and understanding of others that I know that I’m not in this to make a lot of money or become famous. I’m fine with being behind the curtain, as long as the appreciation does not go unsaid. A “Thank You” goes a LONG way, but if you don’t say those two words, how does anyone know that you truly appreciate what they did for you? Dreams don’t have to be something we wish would happen … Make them come true! Go the distance and Stand Strong for what you believe in! And, as always … “Let Your Passion Fly” and never forget to “Pay it Forward”!

Ageless Jewelry

By Lisa Giddings

When it comes to timeless jewelry, we often think of diamonds and pearls as being the only alternative. However, not everyone can afford such luxuries. And since fashion trends and styles are constantly changing, it can be difficult to accessorize especially when you are on a budget. The good news is that classic pieces of jewelry can grow with your wardrobe and last for several years to come. The key to selecting timeless pieces that will stand the test of time is choosing ones that are handcrafted by experienced artisans. Factory-spewed and mass-produced jewelry is a thing of the past. These days, the latest trends in jewelry have everything to do with the handmade marketplace. The latest trends in handmade designer jewelry include polished natural stones, sea glass and colored crystals. You can purchase a timeless piece of jewelry to accentuate just about any outfit. Elegant Earrings Dazzling designer earrings crafted with semi-precious stones and sterling silver is just one style of timeless jewelry trends that are popular today. The lengths of the earrings can vary from studs to chandelier earrings that dangle below the jaw line. The hottest color trends include pastel palettes featuring sea greens and cool blues. Paired with a cocktail dress or even jeans and a t-shirt, a pair of elegant earrings can give any outfit a polished look. The Statement Necklace The statement necklace is made out of a wide variety of materials from large stones to sea glass and even fabric. These striking pieces can turn even the most ordinary outfit into something extraordinary. No wonder many celebrities gracing the red carpet choose a statement necklace to pull their look together. The timeless nature of a statement necklace makes it the perfect companion for your wardrobe. Mix and match it with different outfits, regardless of the season, to turn heads all year long! Bountiful Bracelets Chunky beaded bracelets and sterling silver charm bracelets are the most popular bracelets available in the handmade marketplace. The uniqueness of certain bracelets is what makes them timeless. Vintage charms, found objects and antique buttons are just a few of the materials used in quality crafted designer bracelets. Paired with new chains and findings, these timeless bracelets are worthy enough to grace the arm of Hollywood’s latest starlet.
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“Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson -

Image Credit Nordstrom

YuMee Chung
Yoga For Everyone

By Zack Tanck Photography by Cylla von Tiedmann

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oga is big business, one that is largely considered to be a luxury. To Passport to Prana founder YuMee Chung, this didn’t seem right. Chung, a Canadian lawyer who entered the legal profession with the hope of bringing about social change, took her first yoga class on the recommendation of a friend because she was experiencing back pain and numbness in her arms from too many hours in front of the computer. She had been running from doctor to doctor and from body worker to body worker looking for a way to alleviate the work-induced discomfort. Lasting physical relief did not come until she found yoga. After working for a few years as a lawyer and taking yoga classes, Chung realized that her yoga teachers were doing a better job of touching people and changing lives than she was as a paper pusher. So, she decided to open a yoga studio. She juggled that career and law practice until she became too busy to do both. In the end, yoga was the obvious choice. The transition from lawyer to yogi was a huge personal and professional decision. Chung had to face losing the security of a six-figure income and a robust benefits package in lieu of an uncertain future. However, she realized that it was more important to live a healthier, more engaged life in the present moment. After making the jump to yoga instructor, Chung came to the realization that there had to be a way to remove the barriers to entry and make yoga more accessible to the average North American while bringing the yoga community together around a common project. In 2005, she started Passport to Prana as an experimental, collective marketing idea designed to introduce people to the practices of yoga by acquainting them with the yoga studios and teachers in their cities. Knowing that many yoga studios offer a discounted or free first class, and that all yoga studios are keen to meet new students, Chung simply formalized the idea and created structure around the idea of a yoga crawl.


Her business concept was (and still is) simple: sell a multi-studio yoga pass that offers customers one free class at each of the participating studios in a given market at a too good to be true price. In the United States, each card costs a maximum of $30 per city, making the cost of each class about a $1 depending on the region, versus the average big-city yoga class, which can cost upwards of $18. The benefits are clear: consumers get a smorgasbord of studio options to try and studios get exposure to a broader customer base than they could develop on their own. Says Chung, “Passport to Prana gives everyone, including absolute beginners, a great way to try out the yoga studios where they live, work and play, no matter what their income level, age, or level of fitness.” In seven years, this relatively straightforward idea has grown to include multiple cities throughout Canada and America. The engine behind Passport to Prana’s growth remained Chung, joined by her business partner Rajen Gandhi, with their singular strategic vision. Approaching the entire venture from a ‘collaborative, not competitive’ perspective, Chung and Gandhi continue to encourage growth through ethical practices and a winwin mentality. Most of the profits from the sale of the actual passports get funneled back into the studios offering the free classes, and despite the popularity of the program, passport prices have remained reasonable. An online yoga portal is also part of their program. Anyone who purchases a Passport to Prana will receive an electronic card that is processed by the yoga studio just before class. The yogi can log onto their Passport to Prana profile at to track everything from class attendance to passport information in real time. Studio listings, maps, contact information, up-to-date class schedules, special discounts, and fun contests are also available, making it a must-stop spot for any yoga lover in their city.

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Making You
After years of experience working as a corporate executive in education, marketing, and publishing, Danessa Myricks was itching for a way to express her creative side. Forced to start a new career due to corporate downsizing she decided to take her hobby of experimenting with makeup and turn it into a career. Her reputation as an artist with a very clean, unique style has afforded her the opportunity to work with a broad clientele of beauty, hair, and music companies for print, web, television and show production both nationally and internationally.


by Dan Myricks

In addition to her work as a make up artist, she acts as a consultant and a core member of the product development team for a host of global cosmetic brands. Danessa is an Internationally renowned educator and a key presenter for a host of the top national and international trade shows including The Make Up Show, The Premiere Show, Chicago Mid West Show and the Bronner Brothers Show. She has also created a unique series of educational workshops. These 8-Hour Hands-On sessions are world renown and have a unique reputation for propelling new and seasoned artists to extraordinary levels in record time. Danessa has published 2 books She has over a dozen step-by-step training DVDs and books distributing thousands of copies worldwide to help others learn how to successfully start a career in makeup artistry. As the owner of I Make You Beautiful, Danessa heads a production team of artists, educators, and other beauty professionals who are specifically trained to work effectively in both education and trade show environments. Team IMYB has successfully executed an host of strategic marketing events, visual branding through video and photo shoots and a host of other direct marketing concepts to both consumers and professionals for over 6 years.

anessa has worked with Jive Records, Arista, J Records, Sony/BMG & Motown to help shape the image of their artists. She has also worked on video and/or print projects for Britney Spears, Madonna, Ciara, Mario, Chris Brown, Bow Wow, Shontelle, Jazzmayne Sullivan, Angela &Vanessa Simmons, Jordan Sparks, Enrique Iglesias, 3LW, Brian Mcknight, Brooke Valentine, Floetry, Chris Rock, TI, Sean Paul, Mary Mary, Blu Cantrell, Tina Marie, BOB, Lupe Fiasco, Juan Luis Guerra, Ana Ortiz of Ugly Betty, Allison Williams, 702, Goapele, Tha’ Rayne, Isyss, and more. Her work has appeared in such publications as Vibe, Essence, Teen People, Today’s Black Woman and a host of national and International Hair and Beauty Publications.


Photographer Eric Von Lockhart

Danessa has a passion for making people beautiful, and an extraordinary love and talent for teaching others to do the same.
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By Samantha Ramos

This statement may well be this season’s most over-used word. We keep hearing it in reference to fashion – usually applied to how well it all pulls together. From pouty lip- colored a vibrant red, link necklaces with precious materials, handbags made from faux, down to black patent shoes. We even have the boot cut pants, skinny jeans or that velvet dress, but more ambitious symphonic blends of leather or boldly shaded fabric trim. What all the above statements seem to be saying is: “I’m hip, I’m trendy, yet I don’t want to break the bank in order to be fashionable; “a laudable sentiment in these days of modest economic recovery. More importantly it’s about wearing youyour style… your statement! Let’s see what styles this season’s brings for you:

STELLA MCCARTNEY Gown with gold belt, viscose/acetate/elastane, $5,365. Pump, cotton/polyester, $745. Available only in Collectors and Salon Shoes at Nordstrom stores.
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PRADA Jacket, wool/silk, $3,560. Jewel-collar blouse, cotton, $820. Straight-leg pants, wool/silk, $1,695. Available only in Collectors at Nordstrom Stores.

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CHARTER CLUB Dress 89.00 Available at select Macy's and at

RACHEL Rachel Roy Coat 229.00 Dress 99.00 Available at select Macy's and at

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ALFANI Dress 99.00 Available at select Macy's and at


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Sense of Individuality
By Samantha Ramos

Combining contemporary art and fashion, Angelika London is a high end clothing brand created by designer Olivia Anne Totman. With a distinctive style, aimed at individuality; Angelika London is taking clothing to a whole new level and defines each piece with a sense of comfort as one-of-a-kind attire. With different designs ranging from voodoo doll tees to camel tanks, and skull tracksuits to sunflower maxi dresses, Angelika London apparel is timeless and can be worn throughout the season. Maintaining a fashion-forward outlook with comfort in mind is essential to Angelika London style.

hereas skulls used to be a representation of everything dark, they have now become a huge trend in the street style look. Skulls have been plastered on everything; ranging from home goods to designer tees, mirroring the Alexander McQueen signature style. Angelika London has taken such inspiration and incorporated it into her collection of graphic tees by giving the “skull” look a little more life. Her hand painted, one-of-a-kind designs include smoking skulls dressed in top hats, laughing skulls, and crowned skulls, giving way to a chic skull look. These pieces can be easily paired with a pair of Angelika London leggings or jeans and a dashing pair of boots, creating the perfect outfit for a night out in the city. Angelika London epitomizes street style fashion as she follows in the same footsteps of world-renowned designer, Alexander McQueen. Jump into this fall in style with the classy, grunge look sporting an inimitable Angelika London piece. Fit for every occasion, these pieces are created with a distinctive; hand drawn and painted designs, defining each article as exceptionally unique clothing. From the rose tracksuit and skull beanies in the winter collection, to the sunflower and butterfly maxi dresses, Angelika London takes you from season to season in style.


Photography Angelika London

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PANDORA’s collection of outstanding jewelry features raw, elegant designs inspired by rock style with a hint of vintage and a bit of attitude. The collection features a brand new necklace concept: a unique design that can combine as many as eight necklaces into a layered look that is luxurious and interchangeable. PANDORA bracelets give women the freedom to capture the unforgettable moments that make life extraordinary and the new charms of the fall season offer a twist on what has become the hallmark of the PANDORA brand. Two elegant sterling silver bracelets are also new–one is designed to hold one traditional or new decorative clip, the other as many as five. Mix, match and combine the clips and bracelets in any combination, creating pieces that are unique to your personal style. It’s an idea inspired by PANDORA’s popular charm bracelet. Create and combine looks with other new additions to the PANDORA universe, including a line of 14k solid gold earrings, pendants and dangle charms with intricate lace details and diamonds; and large cocktail rings, featuring amethyst or grey moonstone, that are perfect for stacking. Stunning earrings inspired by delicate lace patterns in 14K gold with freshwater pearls and diamonds can be worn on their own, layered or combined with other pieces from the Compose collection. Rings in 14K gold, sterling and black oxidized silver have florally inspired designs with an unpredictable twist that is raw yet feminine. Large cocktail rings in amethyst or grey moonstone are perfect for stacking with this season’s more delicate pieces. New LovePod rings in white, yellow and rose 18K gold with brilliant-cut diamonds or colorful gemstones work beautifully with other pieces of PANDORA jewelry and interlock when stacked together. The spirit of nostalgic rock infuses the collection, especially our new sterling silver decorative clips in raw, sculptural shapes. The other standouts include a starshaped pendant and charm in black oxidized silver, an alluring finish that runs through the collection.

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You have no idea the frustration you feel when shopping store after store, even stores that claim to focus on full-cup, only carry sizes up to a DD or DDD….


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Photography by Lisa Presnail

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Curveturiere, a fashion focused, intimate apparel brand for the full-busted women; launched the opening of its New York City showroom. Followed by a debut at the Curve Intimates Trade Show in Las Vegas; showcasing their Spring 2013 Collection. ringing stylish glamour to classic full-cup foundation silhouettes; each signature style has been constructed with the utmost attention to fit, comfort, and support. Bras are available in sizes 32 to 48/50 D through K and bottoms in XS to 3XL. The creative minds of co-creators/founders, Kelly Moore and Mary Pifko, not only combine 25-plus years of experience in the intimates industry… they also identify with the Curveturiere woman’s quest to find pretty and fashionable intimates through their own personal struggles to find fullbusted foundations. “You have no idea the frustration you feel when shopping store after store, even stores that claim to focus on full-cup, only carry sizes up to a DD or DDD…. then if you do find your size, you can spend up to $100, only to be offered color options in nude, black, and white,” said Mary Pifko, co-creator/founder of Curveturiere. She went on to say, “I was an intimates buyer with brand relationships across the industry and still could not find my size. I am a natural 32F. Living and working in the fashion industry, I wanted the same options of color, trend, and fashion in my intimates as my clothing and accessories. After 10-plus years of searching in vain, I said to my friend and co-creator/founder, Kelly Moore, ‘Let’s create our own line!’ ”


The Curveturiere line will consist of a full lifestyle collection of bras, panties, and sleepwear. Purposely curated to allow the customer to mix and match her foundations to her every need, the collection is a reflection of their tagline … After too many years of staring at a black and white lingerie drawer, we ask you…“Who wants to live life in neutral?” The collection focuses on color and trend while staying true to the fit and function this full-busted customer demands. “The average bra size in America is now a 36DD. This is a drastic change from 5 years ago, where the average size was a 36C, 10 years ago the average size was a 34B. This customer is clearly underserved and vocal about her lack of options in the market,” said co-creator/founder Kelly Moore. “After really digging into this market we have found such a grassroots community of full-busted women eager to share their knowledge and experiences with one another. Because Mary and I identify so closely with this customer we wanted to create not just a beautiful product but a community. We want to give the Curveturiere woman an outlet to share trend and fashion information, figure- related problem solving tips, healthy living advice, recipes, exercises to keep her curves, beauty advice, and other full-bust finds through the use of blogs and social media.”

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Cake Lingerie specializes in sophisticated maternity and nursing lingerie and nightwear that offers sensual comfort and secure fit empowering women to celebrate their newfound curves and feel sensual during an extraordinary time in their lives. "Cake" Lingerie is the line celeb moms rely on to look and feel sexy during and after pregnancy. With styles that sound good enough to eat like "Mint Toffee," "Frosted Almond," and " Apple Crumble,"; Cake Lingerie Candy Shop collection includes styles like “Strawberry Shortcake”, “Mint Toffee”, “Plum Pudding”, and “Shortbread.” Choose from nursing bras, underwear, cami’s, capri’s, and robes. Celeb moms who love Cake Lingerie bras, panties, cami's, robes, and lounge pants include: Kourtney Kardashian , Ali Larter, Mariah Carey, and Heidi Klum.

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The House Gallery Boutique
By Nina Pak

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Neo-Romantic, Renaissance, Pre Raphaelite, Steam Punk, If you love wardrobe from these genre, then April Peters of The House Gallery Boutique will be a designer of interest. There is without a doubt a fantasy element to everything she creates, many women choose her gowns for wedding or special occasions wear. But there are some garments that are High Fashion Couture, one of a kind, unique items. These alluring pieces could be worn by anyone with the stature to pull it off.

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For example the wicked iridescent black feather corset and matching neck piece. Or the Romantic white leather with white fur short jacket Shown in these pages or Focus. Then there are the fabulous black leather corsets and coats with gold studded adornments from her Steam Punk collection. She even makes stunning headpieces for anyone with a stage presence that wants feathers or horns to make a statement. Every garment is cut individually by hand and skillfully sewn together in her shop. She has a large selection of ready to wear clothing, and a fascinating shop full of exotic accessories and items of interest. Being a very fine tailor she can also fit garments to your specifications, if you see something you like that is not in your size. Most of her garments are one of a kind, being given her special creative touch. She makes clothing for women, men and children. There are people who choose to wear Aprils garments as costumes, as they are inspired by historic eras, fantasy, fairytales, and Romance. They are used for the film industry as well. However these are richly created, magnificently crafted fine garments, which are so well made, you simple cannot think of them as anything other than uncommon fashion for the uniquely discerning individual.

Photography by Nina Pak © 2012

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Victorian Woman
Victorian Woman is a brand of fashion accessories handmade in France and created in 2009. It offers women feminine and sophisticated accessories, in unique and limited edition items. It wants its customers to always feel exceptional offering exclusive and quality designs. Fashions from the past, art, alternative culture, legends are the source that feeds the designer’s inspiration. Its signature is made from the union of luxury fabrics, beautiful laces and jewelry decorated with gemstones. It desires to highlight the Gothic Chic style by offering accessories that wear the elegant women in days of old: corsets, hats, hair accessories, lace jewelry, belts, purses and bags, cloaks.
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Photographer: Sylvain Renault ( Stylism: Manuela Biocca - Victorian Woman Model: Adrianna Gerczew Make-up: Haddy Senghore Photo assistant: Fabrice Drevon
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InsIght Into DesIgner

Nihan Altuntaş

By Lina Lasalle

Established in 2006, Nihan Altuntaş designs unique one-of-a-kind knitwear’s. She explains how she started: I have always had a passion for creating and designing. I never liked pattern books or reproducing brand sweaters. I would design authentic knitwear by improvising with needles, sometimes not even knowing what the result would be. So I’ve realized that crafting was my lifelong passion. The appreciation and approval from so many over the years, for all of my hard work is the basis of my motivation to improve myself in this field. I love working with my team as we develop the brand. I can say that professional support allows me much more time for creativity.
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Today, thanks to the internet I have lots of international customers & friends. By time, all the great and supporting e-mails that I get every day, made me dream a new fashion brand called “Nihan Altuntas”. This support encourages me for bigger steps with my future plans. I'm thrilled with the idea that somewhere in the world, someone is actually warmer, in a woolen sweater designed and knitted entirely by my hands. I may knit in a traditional way like grandmothers do. It allows my designs to have a very personal touch. But I don't like my designs to have that “Hand knit” look. I feel so happy when people ask my customers, “Where did you buy this sweater?” rather than “Did you knit the sweater by yourself?”.

I feel very delighted when I hear how many people ask my customers that question. I believe, it really shows the quality of Nihan Altuntaş designs. Living in a hectic and very dynamic metropolitan area; everybody is in a hurry and time is of high importance. Generally, when you have an evening planned after work, we don't always have enough time to go back home to change. I think, living a city life affects my style; I mean you can save time because, Nihan Altuntaş designs are also wearable for any occasion. I love exaggerated forms; for example not to knit something as a collar but a collar in a different form. As a result, sophisticated sculptural silhouettes also become comfortable and wearable in ordinary day knitwear’s. During both creation and knitting the most important thing for me, and each design would be unique and authentic. If I see any similarities between my work and any other designs I stop work immediately. At this point, I show no mercy to my work because people trust me. Thus, they turn my authentic designs into their own exclusive apparel; by selecting their own color and material taste.
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Agnieszka Sukiennik, is a fashion designer, who create a new space for illustration and fashion. Her first collection called “Illustrations in motion”; showcases her collection of 11 different types of garments with her personal illustrations. The connective and dominating motive of each creation is a woman as a form of expression and surrounding synonyms of modern reality. Agglomeration of complicated shapes, when one emerges, the other vanishes or they interchange into geometric human forms. It’s creation of relations between different figures, shapes and forms of life. What differentiates this project from other forms of artistic expressions is the unique combination of illustration and specific type of fabric – Tyvek; well-considered of both creative usability and original composition.
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Adding Life to Illustrations

Designer: Agnieszka Sukiennik - Photography: Adam Iwański & Wojtek Buczek - Hair: Jaga Hupało


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Choosing The Right Accessories For Your Home

By Stan Writesel Photography by Nanette Kellerman

Art work is a great accessory which creates a strong focal point that defines a space and can reflect your personality. Keep in mind that art and mirrors do not need to hang on a wall. They can be set on a mantel or leaned against a wall to create a more casual feel. The final step when designing a room is selecting accessories to complete the look. When choosing the right accessories it is important to use the principles of interior design. In addition to incorporating scale, color, texture, repetition and rhythm, accessories should reflect your personality and create an inviting atmosphere. hen purchasing accessories it is imperative to select the correct scale for your room. For instance a small paper weight on a large table or a large floral arrangement on a coffee table would not be the best option. An area rug is one of the most important pieces in any room; it provides a foundation and defines the space in a large area. You can use the rug to incorporate pillows with colors and textures that bring the eye from the floor to the sofa to make a connection. When introducing accent colors using a variety of decorative objects can have an impact. As an example, the three daisy chain vases in the photo to the left are simple but gives an extra punch of color without being overwhelming and provides visual stability for a room. While symmetry tends to convey a formal tone, asymmetry communicates a more casual feel. This, however, is not set in stone. For instance, if you hang a cluster of mismatched framed mirrors on a wall and then border the grouping with two larger rectangular mirrors, it creates a visual interest and prevents a cluttered look. If you have collections of small items, group them together and use risers to achieve different heights. A grouping of nicely framed family photos of different sizes will create a wonderful conversation area on an end table (a candle will accent this perfectly). When placing family photos a rule of thumb to keep in mind is that formal pictures look better in a formal room, casual pictures in casual room. If you want a dramatic look – go large. Consider the vases on the console table to the left. Because of the tall ceiling this space can handle the oversized glass containers with tall dried grass. Using coffee beans adds a great texture not to mention the terrific aroma. Table top books work well on a large coffee table in addition to generating great conversations. Plants and floral arrangements bring an organic element and go with just about any style room. Decorative coasters are a must when entertaining in your home. In addition to the small accents, your guests will feel comfortable knowing where to place their drinks. These are just a few design tips and remember accessioning your home is like accessorizing your clothing – it will reflect your style and personality. In short, it will project who you really are as a person. Have fun when selecting your accessories and don’t be afraid to step out of the box. And remember sometimes less is more!


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Victoria's Secret - Body

Slip into something iconic. The all new Body by Victoria fragrance was created with one thing in mind: sexy skin. At its most beautiful, skin is silky. It’s soft. It begs to be touched. Body by Victoria is inspired by the sensual feeling of lingerie against bare skin—the rush of femininity a woman gets when she wears her sexiest pieces. Make it the first thing you put on in the morning; the only layer you leave on at night. Bursting with lush florals and earthy musk, Body by Victoria radiates with warmth and confidence. It’s the essence of being a woman: effortlessly sensual and sophisticated. Modern, yet destined to become a classic. Wrap yourself in Body by Victoria. A day in the life of a Victoria's Secret Supermodel (or two!). Follow Candice Swanepoel and Bregje Heinen as they introduce bloggers, editors and customers to the new Body by Victoria bra and fragrance collections. Look for new Body by Victoria in lace, and the new Body by Victoria Eau de Parfum and body care collection, in stores, catalogue and online now.

by Tatiana Zherebkina Photography by Benjamin Lozovsky

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Short Do’s

By Ann Gordon

You don’t need to be a hair stylist to know what cuts and colors are in style. To say the least it is bold, sharp and edgy. Today women and men alike are going bold in their hair do’s. To define some of the new do’s you would want to use words such as creative, colorful and artsy. Some of the styles that have been most common around town are the fro hawks and mo hawks. The colors on these do’s may be shades of reds, purples, blues, pinks or even a little bit of everything. Do not judge a person by their hair do. Hair do’s in the past have been defined by a person’s ethnicity, age and intelligence. But not today; hairdo’s may be defined by a new attitude: an 18th birthday, a divorce that has been finalized; perhaps the children have left the nest or just plain tired of seeing the old you. Hair, whatever the length, color or shape, there is definitely a story behind it.
One of a kind handmade fashion
Photography by Tone Imaging Model Wendy Wil liams

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Project London is a special effectsrich science fiction movie about a grief-stricken young man who joins a ragtag resistance force and engages in epic battles against Joint Command to avenge his father and save the planet.

Nebraska Higgins (early 20s) leads a normal, easy life in Seattle and works as a mechanic at the Joint Command Control Tower. Joint Command is Earth’s global police and military force established as a union between old Earth governments and Nalardian refugees and powered by their technology. Nebraska’s life is uncomplicated and routine, and most of the planet is peaceful and prosperous. Today, he has agreed to take his friend’s son, Christopher (8-ish), on a tour of the Tower. Their visit is horrifyingly interrupted when a Joint Command-powered robotic exosuit and the iconic, heroic exosuit known only as Arizona fight on the narrow Tower ledge. Arizona sheds its armor to reveal its pilot…Nebraska’s father. While attempting to protect the vulnerable Nebraska and Christopher, Nebraska’s father is vaporized. With no time to mourn, Nebraska rescues a wounded Chris and flees in a stolen vehicle. Not long after, he’s arrested by Joint Command.
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Blue-haired and feisty Xing Xing Fix, member of the ragtag resistance force, The London Underground, breaks him out of custody and takes him into hiding at their secret bunker. Pursued by Joint Command officers, Jerry, gas-mask wearing Nalardian, Benin Belabora, calm but powerful mastermind, and Xing Xing Fix, knitting maven of mayhem, keep Nebraska safe and recruit him to join The London Underground. In the midst of making his decision, Joint Command captures Nebraska, Benin, and Xing. During Nebraska’s interrogation, Joint Command offers to provide Christopher’s life-saving surgery in exchange for information on The London Underground’s leaders. Nebraska gives in to their extortion and immediately regrets it. Jerry intervenes and plays a message that Arizona, Nebraska’s father, recorded before his death. Nebraska learns the shocking truth about his family origin

and something called “Potential,” a psychokinetic power all Nalardians possess. An apothecary reveals that Nebraska has unprecedented power and Potential. Nebraska learns of the Nalardian’s disastrous history of experiments gone horrifically wrong and planets annihilated. Also revealed is his father and Jerry’s true identities. When Nebraska taps into his Potential to rescue Benin and Xing and save them all from pursuing Joint Command henchmen, The London Underground welcomes a new member to their ranks. Meanwhile, Nebraska discovers that the experiments which destroyed the Nalardian’s planet have been resurrected, and a force unlike any the universe can imagine is about to be unleashed. The story is propelled toward a battle royale between the military, resistance forces and the nemesis of the Nalardian home world, the outcome of which will determine the future of Earth’s existence.
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Grilled Salmon Over Lentil Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette
This healthy, delicious meal is easy to make and easy to enjoy. Eat it for lunch, dinner or even a picnic. Canola oil in the marinade and vinaigrette allows the zingy taste of the Dijon mustard and fresh herbs to come through. Canola oil also provides heartsmart omega-3 fat along with the salmon and walnuts.

Nutritional Analysis per Serving:
Calories Total Fat Saturated Fat Cholesterol Sodium Carbohydrates Fiber Protein

420 17 g 1g 60 mg 230 mg 33 g 8g 34 g

4 salmon fillets (4 oz/125 g portions), skin removed

1.In medium bowl, combine mustard, canola oil, tarragon and garlic for marinade. Place salmon in marinade and gently toss until thoroughly coated. Place fish in resealable bag in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. 2.Heat grill to 375 °F (190 °C), when it’s too hot to hold hand above coals for more than 5 seconds. 3.In 5-quart pot, bring 3 cups (750 mL) of water to a boil. Add lentils, garlic cloves and rosemary sprig. Cook lentils until just tender, about 30 minutes. Strain in colander. 4.In plastic bowl or cup with fitted lid, combine red onion, garlic, mustard, vinegar, canola oil, walnuts and pepper. Shake until thoroughly mixed and emulsified. Season with pepper. 5.In large bowl, toss lentils, carrots, celery and red onions together. Stir in enough vinaigrette, about 1/4 cup (60 mL), to coat lentil mixture and store rest in refrigerator for up to one week. Toss in fresh parsley and tarragon. 6.Spray grill rack lightly and cautiously with canola oil cooking spray, then carefully place salmon fillets on hot grill 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Cook on each side 3-4 minutes at diagonal angle to grill rack for professional-looking grill marks. Remove salmon from grill and serve over lentil salad. Garnish with lemon wedges, if desired. Yield: 4 servings. Serving size: 1 fillet.


2 Tbsp Dijon mustard 30 mL 2 Tbsp canola oil 30 mL 2 sprigs fresh tarragon, pulled and roughly chopped 1 clove garlic, minced

Lentil Salad

1 cup dry brown or green lentils, rinsed 250 mL 1 bay leaf 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed 1 rosemary sprig 1 medium carrot, finely diced 1 celery stalk, finely diced 1/4 cup red onion, very finely diced 60 mL 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped 60 mL 1 Tbsp chopped tarragon 15 mL

Walnut Vinaigrette

2 Tbsp red onion, minced 30 mL 2 cloves garlic 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 30 mL 1/4 cup rice or champagne vinegar 60 mL 1/2 cup canola oil 125 mL 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped 125 mL 1/4 tsp pepper 1 mL lemon wedges for garnish

Tips: The marinade doesn’t have a lot of acid, so it’s perfect for marinating the salmon for up to 10 hours before grill-

ing (or broiling). Consider placing the salmon and marinade in a resealable bag before work and cooking it when you get home. As another time-saver, the components of the lentil salad may be made up to a day ahead and tossed in the vinaigrette at the last minute or 2 hours before serving. As a quicker alternative, use 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) canned, rinsed lentils or black or small red beans instead.
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Broiled Trout with Lemon Oil & Oven-Grilled Vegetables
The star of this recipe is delicious lemon canola oil, which should be a staple in any pantry. It may be used on fish, in salad dressings, on roasted vegetables and just about anywhere you would use canola oil. Here, it makes this simply prepared broiled trout with vegetables a healthy and tasty weekday meal.

Ingredients: Lemon Oil
1 cup canola oil 250 mL zest of two lemons, about 2 Tbsp (30 mL) 2 small zucchini, cut in half lengthwise, then cut into 1/4-inch (0.5-mm) thick diagonal pieces 1 pint grape tomatoes 1 medium red onion, cut in half and thinly sliced into half moons 4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed 2 sprigs rosemary 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 15 mL 2 Tbsp lemon oil 30 mL 1/2 tsp salt 2 mL 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 mL 4 rainbow trout fillets (6 oz/170 g each), skin removed 2 tsp lemon oil 10 mL 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, 2 inches (5 cm) long 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 mL lemon wedges for garnishing

Nutritional Analysis per Serving:
Calories Total Fat Saturated Fat Cholesterol Sodium Carbohydrates Fiber Protein 310 18 g 3.5 g 75 mg 55 mg 7g 2g 28 g

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1.In blender, combine canola oil and lemon zest. Process until smooth, then strain through fine mesh strainer. Store in refrigerator in airtight container or covered jar for 1-2 days. 2.Preheat broiler. In large bowl, combine zucchini, grape tomatoes, red onion, garlic and rosemary. Drizzle vegetable mixture with balsamic vinegar and lemon oil. Toss, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread vegetables in single layer on baking sheet and place 4 inches under broiler for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender crisp and browned. Halfway through cooking time, toss vegetables. 3.While vegetables are cooking, prepare baking sheet with foil and canola oil cooking spray. Place trout on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle both sides with pepper and place rosemary sprig under each fillet. Drizzle each fillet with 1/2 tsp (2 mL) lemon oil. Place fish under broiler for 7-8 minutes or until fish is opaque and flaky. 4.Carefully lift trout from pan with spatula and serve with vegetables. Yield: 4 servings. Serving size: 1 fillet.

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For Women
By Tania Jain

Women are directly linked with fashion. It would be right to say that the word fashion is synonyms to woman. It is something more than wearing clothing. If you are an urban beauty, the fashion trend and style should go well and that too in advance with you. Few of the factors that define your fashion statement are body frame, skin tone, level of comfort and personal attitude. So beautiful ladies, come on, lets have a feel according to your body frame, skin tone and after all your level of comfort. Body Frame- Are you a plump women, if yes, try avoiding sleeveless cuts. Choose dark color clothing rather than lighter shades. Or prefer over a range of dull colors like dull blue or dirty blue. If you wear small prints and vertical line prints, you will look slimmer. If you have extra pounds in you, avoid kota sarees and cotton sarees and stick to Chiffon and Georgette Sarees. Choose beige and fawn colors, if you have a medium structure. In case of blouses, try on nets as these are of great help in disguising physical flaws. Thin women, cheer up, you will look gorgeous in all the color ranges. All the colors and shades will suits on you. You also can try on sleeveless, deep cuts and strapped blouses. Skin Tone- If you have fair complexion, gold with a blend of copper will make you cool. If you are a medium / wheatish colored, prefer mix shades of white, beige and bronzy golden. If you have dark skin, prefer to wrap yourself in golden copper shades. Personal Attitude and Level of comfortYour attitude and level of comfort is very important along with your appearance and clothing sense. If you want to maintain a cosmopolitan outlook but do not feel very much comfortable with western wear, try Indo Western style. A blend of Indo Western style should add an extra charm to your personality. A boat necked saree with a squared necked blouse is definitely for a shy and introvert women. Bold 'n' beautiful should choose from sleeveless, deepnecked blouses and may be straps. So no matter what your body frame and skin tone may be or how bold your personality is, fashion is for you, LADIES.

A noted philosopher and politician Aristotle once said, women are the best creatures of god. And for 'you' creatures that are bold, beautiful, gracious and smart, wrapping and carrying yourself is of utmost importance. According to the varying shape and size or body shape and colors, etc, here are few wrapping and carrying tips i.e. Fashion Tips For Women. But before jumping into those tips to make you smarter, beautiful and bold definitely you would like to know What is Fashion for Women, especially if you are a bit extra cautious about your looks and appearance.
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