Your knight in shining armor has just surprised you with an invitation to run away with him…well, for the weekend, at least. J His romanticism just kicked in and everything was just so sudden! You are left with oh so little time to pack and the ticket is right there, lying on your bed, staring at you.
What will you do?
You scramble in your closet and panic. But then you stopped…why will you panic? Yes, you have to pack light since the invitation is too urgent. Yes, despite packing light, you have to remain desirable. Yes, you can’t just wear the same clothes over and over…but hey, you have a whole line of versatile clothes from Nikki Babie Inc., right? So, why with the cold feet? Let us take good care of you.
The functional and ingenuous collection created by Nikki Babie Inc. takes you everywhere from the hot-tup to a formal event. You can play with a lot of looks in five amazing pieces that will certainly cover your rendezvous weekend. Start with the Voodookini which is made of double-layered bamboo jersey, with its hue creating an interesting contrast in color binding to match the RoguePant, the Jupe de Fringe, and the Jupe de Vie.
The alchemy plays in your head and you have decided that you are well coordinated in your ensemble, from head to toe. You got the Voodokini top and ends with a thong. Pull the thong higher over the hip, if you shall, to flaunt a wave of mystery and show how it is when the skirts are worn low on the bodice. Move with sexiness and allow the jupe de fringe to swish around your legs.
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As a homage to Valentines Day, I thought it fitting to feature one of the most exotic and romantic places on earth, Agra, India, with its towering testament of one’s love, fidelity, and faithfulness, even after death, to another person.
The Taj Mahal is considered as the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired edifices in the world, combining Indian, Persian, and Islamic influences into one historic mausoleum. The Taj Mahal was built 400 years ago by its emperor, Shah Jahan, the leader of India during the time of the country’s golden age when it was at its greatest prosperity. He fell hopelessly in love with Arjumand Banu that he bestowed to her the title of Mumtaz Mahal, which literally means “Jewel of the Palace”. Though Shah Jahan had other wives, it was Mumtaz Mahal whom he favored. In the year 1631, Mumtaz Mahal died of complications while giving birth to their 14th child. While Mumtaz was on her deathbed, Shah Jahan promised that he would never remarry and that he will build her the grandest mausoleum to house her grave.
Shah Jahan was so heartbroken after her death that he ordered the whole court to go into mourning as well for the next two years. He then undertook the greatest task of his life – which was to erect the world’s most beautiful monument in honor of his beloved. The building was meant to be the final resting place of the emperor’s most beloved wife. It is said that the towers standing on the four corners of the building were designed to tilt slightly outwards, so that should an earthquake take place, the Taj Mahal would remain undamaged. It took him 22 years and 22,000 workers to construct this edifice. When Shah Jahan died in 1666, his body was placed next to that of Mumtaz Mahal.
To date, this building is one of the 7 Wonders of the World and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
That’s the many wonders of love!
The Father of Anatomy, Herophilus, once said: “When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.” It is also in the same manner that I will add, real beauty comes from great health. No, I am not pertaining to the goodness of your heart (although that would count), but how well in the pink your physiological well being is. How can you bloom in full glory if your cells are all worn out?
Let me discuss this great find. I came across articles promoting the Himalayan Salt of Life. It has been a topic all over health communities and that made me wonder. You know well, fashionistas, that we are strong advocates of beauty and physical wellness that this product shall never go unnoticed!
People have branded it the primordial soup of life. This “white gold” is handpicked and naturally processed by the Earth into hydrolyzed crystals that are claimed to be “no longer water, no longer salt.” They say that it’s the materialization of sunlight that promises to nourish the body with energy that heals and sustains your health.
Now at this point, your skepticism might kick in and ask how does this differ from normal table salt?
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Why Salt !
The standard table salt is potentially harmful simply because it is only one form of sodium, sodium chloride. This salt increases water pressure in the body cavity, which puts pressure on organs and vessels throughout the body. Sea salt generally contains seven or more salts, but the propensity for pollutants is off the scale. To collect sea salt, you boil off the water and the salt condenses. Unfortunately, so do all the petro chemical pollutants in the water as well…
Then I discovered Himalayan Pink Salt! This salt is mined from under the Himalayan Mountains, and hasn’t been exposed to all our industrial pollutants, as it is 350,000,000 years old. Not only that, but it contains all 84 salts needed for a healthy body, in the same ratio as our bodies require! That’s no coincidence.
I don’t usually recommend a particular brand of any product, but in this case I suggest buying SALT of LIFE brand, as they go to great lengths to make sure no explosives are used in the mining process, as that would contaminate the end product.
The reason I myself first tuned in to the importance of proper sodium intake, was that I found myself suffering with stomach issues which are commonly diagnosed as acid-reflux. Conventional theories suggest that the problem is from too much acid production in the stomach. But research shows that hydrochloric acid production peaks at about 30 years of age, then declines every year after.
What I learned in my research was that acid-reflux is caused by too little acid in the stomach, which allows a bacterium -H. Pylori- to migrate to the stomach as the acid levels drop. The bacteria do not cause the problem, they are a result of the problem. The real problem is a lack of stomach acids.
Here is how it works: You have hydrochloric acid in the stomach, or HCL. Then you have salt, or NaCL. When you have salt in the body, the body processes it by removing the Na molecules from the NaCL, and attaching a hydrogen molecule H to the remaining CL, forming HCL. So acid-reflux happens when we are sodium deficient, not from excess acids.
Since introducing Himalayan Pink Salt to my diet, my digestion has improved, and I am rarely dehydrated. I simply salt my food to taste and I am good to go. In liquid form, it makes a wonderful rehydrator during strenuous workouts, as it replenishes all those valuable electrolytes lost from sweating.
XOXO ~ Nikki
As fashion lovers, you all probably have a favorite decade for those gorgeous silhouettes. These silhouettes define what kind of women dominated that time. They reflect each inch of power, grace, and aesthetic every Aphrodite beheld, and made it a permanent mark in the course of this universe’s history. Though simple as others may look at it, the silhouettes through the years relates the story of us, women.
I am laying it down on you today: a brief history and celebration of us, being empowered by the cuts and grace of every contour.
This decade, we have glorified the new found freedom women gained. The Feminine Liberation movement decided that women’s roles should be changed. Gone are the days that we are to stay home and cook! We now have the right to utilize our strength and make a living for ourselves! With this, the dresses now evolved and took form in shorter skirts with pleats, slits, or gathers to allow more transitions in movement.
Women broke free from corsets! The hourglass shape is no more and most silhouettes are linear in form. At this point in history, the women are allowed to vote and express what they want to. Legs are now flaunted with pride with hemlines rising to the knee. Roles are now shared between genders, as well, that a more masculine look became popular with the appreciation of flattened breasts and short hairstyles.
Women’s enlightenment was at its peak until the late 1920’s to early 1930s. However, the Great Depression started taking toll and affected everyone’s view in life. A conservative bump pushed us back to longer skirts, and higher waistlines. A campaign for a more “womanly” look prevailed. Madelaine Vionnet invented the bias-cut and used the method to mold and accentuate the body’s contours as it draped the female form. This was the essence of the 1930s. Although the short hair lasted little until the end of 1930s, feminine curves became of most importance.
The grim severity of the war caused the limited access of people to new and quality clothing, including fabrics in making one. The War Production Board issued its Regulation L85 restricting elements in women’s clothing. It was so grave at the time that magazines and pattern companies advised girls on how to revise men’s suits into something women could wear! This made perfect sense as the men are usually in uniform and there is no other use for their old clothing during this decade. The 40’s silhouette is almost the same as the 30’s with the nipped in waist. The only difference is that the shoulders are more squared because of the blazers.
Just like a bird unleashed from its cage, the women showed their desire for style, elegance, and soft beautiful fabric right after the Second World War has ceased. Christian Dior exhibited the “New Look” silhouette which was defined by a very narrow waist, and big, extravagant skirts. Longer skirts were appreciated, as well as the fitted ones. As long as it’s long, the public wanted it!
Rock n’ Roll and the Jive were hits in the 1950s. The enigmatic transformation of the decade was manifested by brightly patterned dresses and swirling fabric.
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy has influenced everyone’s view on elegance. Women were smitten over pastel-colored suits with oversized buttons. Shifts, or simple geometric dresses, were also a fad while full-skirted ball gowns were worn in the evening.
The mini-skirt made its first appearance in 1964 as introduced byMary Quant. After that instance a radical evolution in fashion occurred. Hemlines were rising, higher and higher that the micro-mini was born by 1968. The time was almost a reminiscent glance of the 20’s in shape and lines; however the skirts are provocatively and scandalously shorter!
The hippie look slowly lost its magic as the economy improved in the mid-seventies. From the high revealing skirts, the length of it dropped to just below the knee, to midi, and then finally to maxi. The 70s was a mix of all decades but with more lace, ruffles, and cuffs. Off-the-shoulder necklines were also a hit as popularized by Yves St. Laurent. This became the prologue of the peasant look, with flowing, unstructured effects on cuts and structure. The 70s was also the year for the punks and the disco fever.
Who doesn’t know of SHOULDER PADS?! It is a part of what they called “Power Dressing.”This originated from a newly realized respect for women as they earned position in workplaces, sometimes bagging positions higher than the men’s! It was almost a combination of the 50’s and 40’s but, again, with the humongous shoulder pads.
Madonna also invited women from all over the world, and in all shapes and sizes, to defy norms by wearing lace gloves, tulle skirts, and crucifix jewelries.
The decade was a concoction of many things from knitwear, classic blazers, blue jeans, and even baggy jeans, to oriental clothing such as the cheongsam. The silhouette is all about freedom and flow. Fashion-era concluded the decade in two amazing sentences that said it all: “Short above knee straight skirts and stirrup ski pants masquerading as a refined version of leggings were worn with long chenille yarn sweater tunics, oversized shoulder padded shirts or big embellished T-shirts. The latter gradually reduced in size to become slimmer fitted and semi fitted garter stitch knits with fake fur collars, darted three-quarter shirts and screen printed t-tops minus the pads often worn with tie waist, easy loose trousers, jeans or boot leg trousers.” Too visual, right? The decade was a feast for the senses!
Where We Are Now.
This decade’s fashion silhouette is a recall of all the silhouettes through time. You can see the 60’s miniskirts being flaunted with a modern edge, as well as the maxi dresses, paired with “peasant” fashion accessories. Where we are now when it comes to silhouettes, is all about paying homage to our rich history. 2000 is a proof that we can make things better and that the future isn’t necessarily about inventions. The future promises us more and more changes but at the same time, a plenty of recognition of our past.
Life and fashion is indeed full of promises. We live life, we love life! Silhouettes create our basis of beauty and as they run a full-circle, we are filled with realizations that beauty is freedom and is indeed in the eye of the beholder, no matter what time and year. This makes me look forward to the next decade!!!
If you consider yourself a film buff, then you probably recall Angelina Jolie in her iconic role as Lara Croft swinging through ropes and getting into all sorts of scrapes, set in such gorgeous location. Or if you are fan of famed Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai, his most famous movie, “In the Mood for Love” had its penultimate scene shot in ruins as well.
The location shoot for those two movies were both done in Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Angkor Wat’s magnificence and impressiveness surpasses that of the pyramids of the Pharaoh or the Taj Mahal of Shah Jahan. Angkor Wat is located about six kilometres north of Siem Reap, which is a popular resort town and at the same time, serves as a gateway to the Angkor Wat region.
Built between A.D. 1113 and 1150, and encompassing an area of 500 acres, Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious monuments ever. Its name literally means “temple city.”
Originally, it was built as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu, but later on it was converted into a Buddhist temple in the 14th century, and Buddha statues were added to its already rich structures.
The 213-foot-tall central tower is surrounded by four other smaller towers, a layout that is similar to that of the fictional Mount Meru, believed to be the home of the gods in Hindu mythology.
Although Angkor Wat was originally dedicated to Vishnu, the original purpose of the temple is still being widely debated. One issue was that if the ashes of Suryavarman II were indeed interred in the monument, then that would mean that the temple was used as a grave site. Bas-reliefs at Angkor Wat read counter clockwise, which is another indication that the temple is associated with funeral rituals.
In 1992, Angkor Wat was made into a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site suffered from decades of unregulated tourism and looting; many statues have been decapitated and heads were sold to private collectors for huge profits. A collaborative effort by the international community has helped its restoration to its former glory.
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If a huge chunk of your travel expenses goes a lot to overpriced hotels and other costly accommodations, then you should consider cheaper alternatives when making your travelling plans.
In recent years, the hype over couch-surfing, the social networking site that enables you to get to use someone else’s couch during your travels, has somewhat died down. But it has been replaced by the phenomenon that is airbnb. Airbnb is a crowd-sourced online platform that allows people to put up their places, whether it be houses or spare rooms for other users to stay in. You can rent an apartment, a house or just a spare room. Guests book and pay hosts a nightly fee that is set up in advance. The site’s tagline, “Travel like a human,” conveys the impression that you as a traveler can enjoy an intimate, more homey living accommodations within real homes in lieu of impersonal hotel rooms.
So it’s a win-win situation for both the traveler and the host, where the former gets to cut costs in his travel expenses and the latter gets to earn extra cash. Security is not a question because profiles are set up to ensure that people are who they say they are, and there is also a review system in place to weed out both the bad guests and hosts.
The good thing about airbnb is that you get to meet new, interesting people who love to host, and stay at really beautiful homes. So you get to stay somewhere other than a boring hotel for the same price or less.
The bad thing is some homes aren’t very clean, and unlike hotel rooms, which are always tidy because of the dedicated housekeeping staff, you will have to clean up after yourself. Sometimes you have to share a bathroom, and then there are some hosts who are obviously doing it just for the money but they clearly don’t want you to be there.
There are both advantages and disadvantages in using airbnb, but it does give the budget traveler a choice when it comes to choosing his travel accommodations.
I know you find this useful!