miércoles, 9 de abril de 2014

✜ ☉SELFIE Roots☉ ✜



Taking a 'SELFIE' was relatively difficult to pull off before digital phones and cameras made them easy. Let's see some famous faces doing the average joe... capturing moments.











sábado, 5 de abril de 2014

◦◍◎◍◍◦ LOCAL Muse – it will never end’ ◦◍◍◎◍◦



PuertoRican-born sisters Norein & Michelle Otero had been the creative and artistic mind at ECLIPTICA since 2001.

I am a lover of all ECLIPTICA’s iconic pieces. What I like about their style is that it’s at once cool and ultra fierce. Even if a dress is not body conscious, it always makes a woman look sexy, cool – the kind of woman I like. They’re great with prints and colour, which can be tricky for many designers.

It’s my interest as a blogger to share great talents, like the Otero Sisters, who design clothes that make a woman shine, that make her feel empowered; the kind of sexy that everyone likes. 

I remember when I first discovered their designs, it was nearly 10years ago, when I was 14, looking through magazines like any other teenage girl. I was totally an 'ecleptic' girl by the time, and so impressed by how focused and precise they were in their creative designer roles, considering the total chaos that surrounded the island those days.

But I'm not into the full fashion industry. I'm too passionate, a volcano of ideas, that it is obvious from the beginning that I wouldn’t stay in a fashion team for long. So, I stick to styling, which comes handy, since I like to party and I like to be accompanied by handsome gentlemen. This... is the thing about styling, it's long-lasting; like a good relationship within yourself, where you're can show off your personality.

In terms of my pesonal style, I like to think of myself as a good fairy because I'm brutally honest (love the power of the naked truth), enthusiastic and supportive. Plus, I personalise every outfit I wear and I am not afraid to dare. In terms of styling, it challenges me to give my readers something that has an even higher value in terms of design, quality and excellence. But enough talk about me, let's go back to ECLIPTICA and their recent runaway show: IBERIA Fall 2014.

                     


I spent some weeks in France, but I preferred the spontaneity and sense of colour of Italians. They were more daring and instinctive. I appreciate the result-oriented attitude of the people and artisans I had the pleasure to meet back in 2004. This is what ECLIPTICA's Iberia reminds me of... It’s a kind of more elevated and evolved ready-to-wear, where creativity stretches out towards haute couture. So, talking about high glam means less day wear and more unique pieces on the runways. 

In my opinion, the past 10 years were very hedonistic for fashion. But, since fashion is also going through a generational change that is very exciting, I do consider ECLIPTICA to be part of it. Their collections offer real one-of-a-kind pieces, infused with top artisanal workmanship, details and fashion codes that are totally glamorous and very evening wear. 

                  

These young ladies are great for mass market, more like the next local fashion house, because their designs give the idea of lifestyle a more authentic glamour and aspirational connotation. They show a way of living, an attitude, a look. 

Historical and social crises normally bring change and that’s good, because it shows in the way designers are developing their new collections. When I heard the collection was named Iberia, I really felt like a 'czarina', attracted to the gold. I love opulence, gold, richness. My father often compares me to Anastasia or to Tutankhamen. I love to surround myself with beautiful things. But don’t forget: it’s normal for me; Im a very visual kind-of-person after all. 

I believe in my vision for LOCAL fashion and where it's headed, so I want to share it. For me, the richness of colour choices for Iberia is like great food. I get a thrill when I find the right shade of pink or orange. Fashion it’s a mirror, a sign of the times. It’s timeless, like music... Some may see it as a chaotic regime of tendencies, others as a cold movement, even when it reaches the masses and becomes costumes, but like style... it will never end.



sábado, 15 de marzo de 2014

❂❂⍕ ⍢⍙⍙ Doble SURF Story ⍙⍙⍢ ⍕❂❂



1rst TALE: Epokhe™ 




BEAUTY POCKETS, dirigido por Kai Neville, es el primer corto de surf de la recientemente lanzada marca australiana, Epokhe. El vídeo te lleva en un viaje desde Byron Bay, sede de la compañía (headquarters), mientras el equipo persigue el oleaje perfecto en la costa sur de Australia. 











La firma se da sólo unos meses antes de que Creed McTaggart, Epokhe team rider, viera que el equipo necesitaba un poco más de unión. La carretera, es un lugar que da espacio a la conversación... El filme muestra a todo el equipo durante 7 días en la busqueda de un pequeño swell en el sur, grandes ciudades, bares, paisajes, aislamiento, lunáticos y talentos ... todo lo que te hace parar y sacar la cámara. Mira el vídeo.




      







2nd TALE: Surfland




La fotógrafa Joni Sternbach combina 2 cosas que simplemente amamos: el 'tintype'& los surfers. El 'tintype', o ferrotipo, es un proceso de revelado que empezó para eso de los 1850s y tuvo su época de gloria en EEUU durante la Guerra Civil. 

Para crear imágines 'tintype', un negativo de la imagen poco expuesto es producido en una placa de hierro fina, lacado o de lo contrario oscurecido, y revestido con una emulsión fotográfica de colodión, y Joni Sternbeck es una experta en este método 'old school' de fotografía. Sternback se graduó de la Escuela de Artes Visuales con un Bachillerato en Artes Plásticas en fotografía antes de continuar a conseguir su Maestría de la Universidad de Nueva York (NYU) en 1987. 

A continuación presentamos un video de lo que fue parte del proceso creativo de 'Surfland'.





Joni ha enseñado durante muchos años y actualmente es miembro de la facultad en el Centro Internacional de Fotografía (ICP), donde enseña la técnica en placa húmeda de colodión. Su serie, y la publicación posterior de su libro de fotografía, Surfland, inicialmente surgió del deseo de fotografiar el océano y la oposición que enfrentó con los surfistas que se impusieron en el camino de sus tomas deseadas. Aprovechando la oportunidad de resaltar las tomas descartadas de inicialmente, Sternbach comenzó lo que ha llegado a ser por el momento su serie fotográfica más popular.  

     



With Love,
-Pe EMe









viernes, 14 de marzo de 2014

◎ ◌◍◍◌ PLAY TREND: SHOES & TEXTURES ◌◍◍◌ ◎


Spring is all about blooming; that’s not news to us. Here’s some texture-inspired mixed and matched street style to get you in gear for making fresh and sunny weather dressing anything but boring. The trick to keeping it interesting is throwing some expected combinations into your mix, including a mashup of textures that aren’t normally put together. 




          

jueves, 13 de marzo de 2014

▣▤▣ Beauty Tips: SUMMER skin & hair CARE ▣▤▣




Summer is just around the corner and the days ahead of us are sure to be packed with awesome afternoons spent at the beach and long days lounging by the river with friends. It’s all gonna take its toll on our skin and hair and expensive supermarket products are packed with unpronounceable chemicals that can make you want to hide out instead of hang out. We thought it was high time we all learned some natural at-home remedies for repairing summer sun damage.





FOR THE SKIN
WATERMELON FACIAL TONER
Watermelon is packed with vitamins A, B, and C. This help us keep our skin glowing, protected, and healthy. To boot, this fragrant, rose-colored toner looks lovely in a glass bottle.
Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons fresh watermelon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vodka
  • 2 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 2 tablespoons distilled water
Directions: 
To make fresh juice, put watermelon in a blender or food processor and strain to remove all solids. Combine the juice with the other ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Pour into a clean bottle and apply to skin with a clean cotton pad.

SOOTHING LIP BALM
This lip gloss is made from a cocktail of tropical beauty ingredients like macadamia nut, coconut oils, and cocoa butter. Macadamia nut oil is lighter than many other oils so it absorbs easily into lips, plus gives the gloss a touch of nutty flavor and scent.
Ingredients:  
  • 1 teaspoon grated cocoa butter
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon macadamia nut oil
  • 1 teaspoon light sesame oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon vitamin E oil
Directions: 
Place all ingredients in a heat-resistant container and warm up the mixture in the microwave or in a hot, but not boiling, water bath until the cocoa butter and coconut oil are melted. Then, stir mixture well and pour into something like a lip gloss container or small plastic box. Allow the mixture to cool completely. This gloss can be worn under or over a colored lipstick or stain to add moisture to sun dried lips. Store in a cool, dry place.

COOLING ANTIOXIDANT SKIN MIST
This antioxidant-packed concoction will help protect your summer skin. Bonus: Store it in the refrigerator and spritz liberally on your face and neck throughout the hot days to come to cool off.
Ingredients:
  • 4 teaspoons green tea
  • 1 ounce fresh peppermint leaves
  • 1 cup lavender flowers
  • 2 cups of distilled water
  • 2 teaspoons fresh aloe vera gel
Directions: 
Mix green tea, peppermint leaves, and lavender flowers together with water. Steep all ingredients for 15 minutes. Strain through cheesecloth. After those items have steeped, add aloe gel and pour into a glass jar with a spray atomizer. Spritz on skin.
FARMER’S MARKET FACIAL FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE
Farmer’s markets have fresh flowers, fruits and veggies that are all at their seasonal best. Here’s a list of super simple facial masks you can make quickly using a single farm-fresh ingredient. Choose the one that best suits your skin.
Corn Mask for Dry Skin: The fat content and high protein of corn soothes dry skin. Grate an ear of corn and strain off the milky liquid. Pat this on your skin and let sit for 15-20 minutes; rinse with cool water.
Melon for Aging Skin: Honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon all help tone skin thanks to vitamins A, B, and C. Cut paper-thin slices of fresh melon and place on your face and neck. Let sit for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse with cool water.
Tomato Mask for Oily Skin: Tomatoes are mildly acidic (for sensitive skin, use  less acidic yellow tomatoes), so they make a great mask for oily and acne prone skin. Using a clean cotton ball, spread a thin, even layer of fresh tomato juice over face and neck. Let sit for 10 minutes, and rinse thoroughly.
Raspberry Mask for Sun Stressed Skin: Fresh raspberries make a great post-sun facial mask. Lightly mashed, their juice soothes and refreshes skin. Mix fresh juice with a small dollop of honey. Spread the mixture on your skin and let sit for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.

FOR THE HAIR:
MOISTURIZING HAIR TONIC
Using herbs straight from your garden, mix up this hair remedy to leave your strands soft and shiny. Especially useful after days spent in a chlorinated pool.
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of hot water
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Fenugreek Seeds (You can find at your local seed store or online.)
Directions: 
Crush a little bit of each herb (rosemary, sage and fenugreek seeds) with fingers and put into cheesecloth. Tie the cheesecloth and steep in hot water for 10 minutes, this will make a very potent tea. Next, warm the olive oil on the stovetop and add the tea, blend well. Once mixture cools, apply to scalp and massage in, working through dry hair. You don’t have to use the entire amount, just use enough to coat all strands (it shouldn’t be dripping with oil).
With a few natural ingredients and a little of spirit, you can make your own remedies for sun damage and help protect and nourish your skin and hair through all of summer. The sunniest season is all about fun with friends and instead of ending your days in sunburned regret, try our homespun recipes to repair the drying effects of  all those summer rays, and also, remember what they say: always wear sunscreen.
Sunkisses for all, 
-Pe EMe