Going back to Paris this October, was a great decision I made. Paris makes me always happy and we were lucky to have beautiful weather during this Paris Fashion Week.
Finally, I can share the highlight of my London visit attending this wonderful event of the unique British designer Zaeem Jamal, with wonderful people and Mr. Jamal itself.
“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”
― Oprah Winfrey
Now that this week almost ended, I will take little time to describe my first March day. As you already know, on 1st of March the Madonna Blogger Awards 2016 took place at Semperdepot. The hostess of the gala evening was the Madonna editor Jenny Fellner and celebrated the night amongst all digital stars and online influencers. A number of national and international guests graced the event, such as the Youtube star Sami Slimani, blogger and street-style photographer Yvan Rodic from Face Hunter, presenter Jan Koeppen and many more.
Lacoste celebrated two weeks ago its Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Pour Elle new fragrances in a perfect location at Tennis de la Cavalerie in Paris
Exactly two weeks ago, I was invited by Lacoste to celebrate the launch of three new fragrances Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Pour Elle in Paris. How wonderful it was to go back to my favorite city, even though it was only for two days but, oh that two days were just unforgettable!
The Esprit autumn/winter 2015 campaign, is all about the “Perfection & Imperfection” topic. The main focus is the individual personality!
Esprit invited me including forty national and international bloggers, stylists and journalist to the Bauakademie in Berlin on October 29th, for an exclusive international #ImPerfect Esprit Panel Discussion inspired by the Esprit fall/winter 2015 campaign.
Key speakers from the fashion industry including Dr. Mahret Kupka (freelance lecturer and curator for fashion, bodies and performance), Hadley Hudson (fashion photographer), Melissa Drier (journalist), Laura Laine (fashion illustrator), Antje Winter (fashion stylist) and Katie Sturino (founder of the blog ‘The 12is Style’) raised questions around the idea of perfection and imperfection, ultimately celebration the idea of individualism. Post panel discussion, guests were invited to discover the new Esprit fall/winter 2015 collection.
Different perspectives of the contemporary idea of perfection in fashion and beauty were discussed actively between the invited speakers and the blogger.
“For the past few years, I have been working on a documentary photo about models at home. I have photographed over 100 different models in their living space. Many of the models I photographed opened up about their own insecurities about their looks. I was shocked to discover that a lot of them were far from happy with their looks and bodies, even though they met the “industry standard” of beauty, body type, etc.” said Hadley Hudson (fashion photographer).
Even very attractive people may not be looking in the mirror out of ‘vanity’, but out of insecurity. We forget that there are disadvantages to being attractive: attractive people are under much greater pressure to maintain their appearance. Social Media accounts such as Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter according to an article on “The Effect of Social Media in Young Girls,” these sites may cause young girls to feel insecure by images of other women, and it also can cause insecurities among themselves.
Studies show that teenagers start feeling insecure at a very young age. When girls see women on the internet who are thin and beautiful, it creates a “perfect image” in their head, causing them to either become depressed of their own appearance, or causing them to resort to self harm to become thin. Body image can create false fantasies for young girls, such as making them want to look a certain way even though everyone has their own body type.
Even though a teenage girl could end up being as thin as other models or celebrities, she will tend to not feel satisfied with herself because each person is unique. People start to wonder, why do girls get affected by media so easily? It’s because young girls are still developing mentally, and when they see and hear these things, it gives them ideas and conclusions to thinking they should act that way, and that it’s right to treat other people in a disrespectful manner.
Social media, and televised media can have a huge effect on teenage girls, creating consequences in their actions. It affects girls all together as a whole person involving, the way they dress, their body image, and their personality.
“Stop trying to ‘fix’ yourself; you’re NOT broken! You are perfectly #ImPerfect and powerful beyond measure.” – Steve Maraboli
During the panel discussion
Esprit presents the new fall/winter 2015 collection with wonderful new pieces.
Esprit men’s fall/winter 2015 collection
Thanks to Qazim Gashi who took this wonderful shots at Berliner Dom, Nationalgalerie and Neues Museum in Berlin
To set the mood to the New Year’s Eve, on October 30th the director Alexandra Kaszay invited exclusive guests for an exellent Silvesterball 2015 lunch at Hofburg Ceremonial Hall
Less than two months left until the gorgeous New Year’s Eve – Hofburg Silvesterball 2015. The invited guests had the opportunity to taste the exquisite gala dinner menu, that is going to be served at the night of the New Year’s Eve at Hofburg. Influenced by the turn of the year, greeted with champagne and waltz in the magnificent ambience and taste the excellent gala dinner of Gerstner Catering. “Tradition – reinterpreted, is the credo of our company. Guests can look forward to the New Year’s Eve dinner and exquisite delicacies at the New Year’s Eve buffet”, said Oliver W. Braun, Managing Director of Gerstner.
To experience the “Magic Moments”, Prof. Thomas Schäfer-Elmayer informed the Ball etiquette and revealed that he loves to party New Year’s Eve at the Hofburg: “This year again, the Hofburg New Year’s ball (Silvesterball) this a special highlight of the year with a brilliant opening of our debutantes and debutants in the ballrooms of the Hofburg and the popular public quadrille. I am looking forward to the many “Magic Moments” at this year’s Silvesterball”.
Also the artistic program of the evening is perfectly matched with this year’s motto, in which musical star Maya Hakvoort enchanted with a short singing performance. Design and dramaturgy of the ball is staged by Christof Cremer and he will let the state rooms of the Hofburg Vienna shine gloriously. The ball guests can look forward to world-class artists and stunning productions. In addition to the opening of the grand staircase, the fixed and ceremony hall, a spectacular midnight performance should not be missed especially at New Year’s Eve. “At midnight we look forward to the bell ringing of the St. Stephen’s Pummerin, the breathtaking fireworks and the famous “Blue Danube Waltz” in which our ball guests dance together with the artists in the New Year’s Eve,” said the director Alexandra Kaszay. From waltz to jazz, quadrille to disco, guests can dance to every kind of music at HOFBURG Silvesterball. In addition to many interactive stations, guests can indulge in the new fragrance by Guerlain Lounge, or to send New Year greetings around the world from the photo box.
This year the director Alexandra Kaszay will dance in a fantastic robe of the fashion designer Michel Mayer. “Fancy fabrics and dramatic draping are next year’s trends. The noble ball gown Alexandra Kaszay underlines the elegance and importance of New Year’s Eve,” says designer Michaela Mayer. Don’t wait and get your tickets for this year’s fabulous New Year’s Eve ball at Hofburg Vienna.
Photography © Tony Gigov
Barista Habib Ghulam Sakhi explained the coffee origin and processing, coffee varieties, sustainability and fair trade, importance of milk in making a perfect coffee art with De’Longhi
Recently De’Longhi invited bloggers for a barista workshop with Habib Ghulam Sakhi the owner of Cafe Latte Art in Vienna. He explained the coffee origin and processing, coffee varieties, sustainability and fair trade, importance of milk in making a perfect coffee art.
You may have noticed that some coffee bag labels brag about the fact that their coffee beans are 100% Arabica, which refers to the type of coffee species in which the beans are. There are over 100 coffee species, however the two main ones that are widely produced and sold are: Coffea Arabica and Coffea Robusta. The barista Mr. Sakhi prepared for us the two coffee species, so that we taste the difference. The difference between two coffee species is the taste. Often Robusta has its taste described as burnt and earthy. One reason that the taste isn’t as good for Robusta is that it has more caffeine compared to Arabica. Which may sound like a positive thing but caffeine carries a bitter taste which makes it an unpleasant drink. In fact the Robusta bean has 2.7% caffeine content, almost double the 1.5% of Arabica. Almost every coffee house and bars use 50% of Robusta and 50% of Arabica, so that the mix of these two coffee species make a perfect coffee with flavor and caffein content.
The word espresso is derived from the Italian word for “express”, since it is made very quickly in comparison with other coffee brewing methods and is served to the customer straight away for immediate consumption. A single Italian espresso is 30ml of extract that has been prepared from 7g of fresh ground coffee pressed into a filter holder at about 30 lbs of pressure, through which purified water at 90ºC has been forced at 9 Bar of pressure for about 25 seconds. I have to admit, much as I appreciate coffee, beyond the basic Italian ones, I love having turkish coffee as well. Its yet unlike Italian espresso which you can knock down almost on the go Turkish coffee assumes a no rush indulgence.
To create a velvety frothed milk poured on a cappuccino is important to have a full-fat-milk and the De’Longhi Distinta cappuccino creamer. With a bean-to-cup coffee machine from De’Longhi, you don’t have to be a trained barista to enjoy real Italian quality coffee at home using fresh milk and fresh beans.
The act of adding milk to coffee, there is no question that the quality and type of milk can make a great deal of difference to the drink. I have tried various milks like cow’s milk, soy, almond and coconut milk. Of course the cow’s milk contains the most fat and therefore the solid frothed milk that looks gorgeous in a latte or cappuccino. But unfortunately most of us is allergic to cow’s milk, so we must use almond or coconut milk (don’t drink soy milk, read here why?!). I must say that the De’Longhi Distinta cappuccino creamer makes a great milk foam with organic almond milk.
During the workshop we also had the chance to see how the perfect coffee art with frothed milk can be done. There is a cool video to see how you can make the heat, which at first sight looks very easy but in the beginning it takes definitely some practice. Scroll down to see what I did with fluid chocolate and caramel.
Love the 3-D milk foam art and these cats look adorable! <3
Tadaaaa: my coffee art!
Thank you De’Longhi for this unforgettable experience!
Photos © Lisa Leutner
On 17th of September Bell & Ross celebrated its traditional annual event at the Hôtel National des Invalides, its newest and exceptional models of the BRX1 Tourbillion Chronograph Collection
As every year, Bell & Ross invites guests for a big annual party and of course the BR Community was part of the evening. Together with retailers, journalists, bloggers, fans, military and customers, I was invited to celebrate the annual party at the breathtaking Hôtel National des Invalides in Paris. In this majestic location, Bell & Ross exposed its new creations and formally introduce a strong collection. This year the great revelation was the nearest release of BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon.
The BR-X1 line is inspired by the excellence of the aeronautical industry and by its new technologies. Revolutionary in its design, this new collection marks the beginning of a whole new chapter in the saga of the brand, an extreme version of the now iconic BR-01, celebrating this year its 10th anniversary.
Launched in 2005, the BR01 was inspired by the simple idea of turning a plane’s cockpit clock into the best aviation wristwatch, reliable, functional, readable and precise. Thanks to this original idea, “from the cockpit to the wrist”, the BR01 broke with the aesthetic codes of the contemporary watchmaking.
The Hôtel National des Invalides, an emblematic and historical military site, was the perfect venue to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the brands iconic timepiece and to unveil the brand’s newest Haute Horlogerie models.
After Carlos – A. Rossilo’s welcome speech, the guests discovered the new Bell & Ross Know-How movie and the 2015 novelties within this exceptional venue.
The French and international press, military representatives, professionals of aeronautics, all sharing their common passion for timepieces and the history of aviation, enjoyed a very special moment.
About Bell & Ross
Bell & Ross is a luxury French watch company headed by the French and Swiss designer Bruno Belamich and businessman Carlos A. Rosillo. The brand was launched in 1992. The first watches were designed by Belamich and Rosillo and made by a German watchmaker Sinn.
Watches such as the BR Instrument have been designed to replicate the shape of a cockpit instrument taken from an aircraft. The BR02 range caters for diving professionals through the use of highly legible dials and cases water resistant to withstand 1000 metres of pressure. Another offering is the Hydromax; which contains hydraulic fluid within the case to counteract the effects of external pressures.
Bell & Ross’s first watches were virtual re-issues of Sinn models and carried the Bell & Ross logo as well as Sinn’s. The partnership ended in 2002, when Bell & Ross began its own independent production in its facilities La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
The aesthetic appeal of Bell & Ross is mirrored in its four design principles, namely optimal water resistance, highly accurate Swiss mechanical movements like the ETA Valjoux, clear visual indicators, such as those found on aircraft instrument panels, and special functions intended for specific uses. It also has a quartz line with the identical characteristics (except for the type of movement utilized) called the BR S that utilizes the highly regarded ETA 980.163 15 jewel quartz movement.
The panoramic view of the golden dome was stunning.
Bell & Ross BRX1 Tourbillon Chronograph
Bell & Ross BRX1 Tourbillon Chronograph
About BR Source here
The Prix De Diane Longines, with thousands of spectators, nine races, the Ambassador of Elegance Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and one king of the Prix De Diane Longines
After two beautiful days in Chantilly filled with beautiful events, on Sunday 14 June, nine flat races including Prix de Diane Longines, the world’s top race for fillies, took place in the Chantilly racecourse and gathered more than 45.000 spectators. Lanfranco Dettori on Star of Seville finished first at the much awaited Prix de Diane Longines. This exceptional race, renowned as the epitome of feminine elegance, was exceptionally enhanced by Longines Ambassador of Elegance Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. She presented the “Mademoiselle Diane par Longines” award for elegance during the afternoon to the most stylish woman of the day, Sandra Challal.
Longines presented the new DolceVita watch cased in steel, decorated with diamonds and featuring a silver-colored “flinqué” dial adorned with painted Roman numerals. This model belongs to the famously elegant and feminine Longines DolceVita collection, which was reinterpreted with softened lines. As you have seen on my latest post, the launch of this renewed collection was celebrated the day before the races at an evening event in the garden of Chantilly Castle.
The association of the Swiss watch brand with this spring’s most contested Grand Prix is part of its long and strong involvement in equestrian sports. In 1878, it created a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his horse. Seen on the racetracks as early as 1881 and extremely popular among jockeys and horse-lovers, this model enabled its user to time performances to the seconds. Besides, Longines’ know-how in timekeeping began on horse tracks. Therefore the brand associated with the Chantilly Foundation to launch a temporary photography exhibition “Turf”, which displays the fascinating world of horse races during the summer in Chantilly’s Grandes Ecuries.
Longines Ambassador of Elegance Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Thank you Maggie Mowbray Millinery for my beautiful headpiece.
I hope you enjoyed my day I, day II and now day III of Chantilly events with Longines. It was a great experience for me to meet interesting people, to visit all these beautiful places, to feel the energy of the Racecourse and many more. Those who love timeless elegance Prix de Diane is defiantly worth visiting.
Photos© DisiCouture & Longines