Blake Lively’s Preserve is here – review

In a mission to prove the world she’s not just Serena Van der Woodsen, that’s more than actress and Ryan Reyonolds’ pretty wife, Blake Lively is moving on. And she’s doing it with style.

She launched her own website (two days earlier). The moment she announced the Preserve site, it was immediately compared to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop.

The fact is: Preserve is a younger, cooler, affordable and more relatable version of Goop.

Let’s go back to beginning.

Letter from the editor?

I loved it. She starts by being humble and modest, saying she’s no editor, artisan or expert. Declares herself as a student, not a teacher. And practically says – not trying to make you love something or buy something, this is what we picked, hope you like it. It’s down-to-Earth and most certainly not arrogant.

What is Preserve?

In Blake’s words from editor’s letter, Preserve is part magazine, part e-commerce hub, part philanthropic endeavor and above all, a place to showcase the power of imagination, ingenuity, quality, and above all, people. Preserve is a creative space.

Design?

The website’s design is youthful and it really is typical Blake. Sweet, sophisticated and simple.

Content?

Preserve contains “people, stories, essays, videos and goods” which are meant to inspire people’s home, style and tongue.

 

Charity?

The Preserve team has set a goal of giving 5,000 children a meal, 2,000 children a blanket, and 2,700 children a warm hoodie – all across United States. Also, the site is partner with The Covenant House (protecting and serving homeless, trafficked and youth).

Covenant House served more than ONE MILLION kids over the last four years.

EACH purchase in taste, style or home works toward Perserve’s  meal, clothing or blanket goal. In its first year of operation, Preserve will donate 5% of every purchase in taste, style, and home to The Covenant House.

Shop?

There are 4 categories in shop section: Ladies, Gents, Home, and Taste.

Ladies – the offer contains necklaces, studs, wallets, rings, bangles, organic hoops, swirl stone cuffs, earrings, tops, maxi dresses, hats, skirts, pants, bags.

Gents offer: wallets, bandanas, T-shirts, bow ties, ties, hats, watches, jackets, jeans, messenger bags.

Home: salt boxes, jar candles, spoons, cocktail muddler, bowls, cups, cutting boards, platters, vases, aprons, pillows etc.

Taste: Ketchup, mustard, summer smoke salt, lemon flake salt, vegan and all natural hot fudge, bloody Mary mix and many more.

Prices?

The prices vary – there are inexpensive and expensive stuff. The offer is pretty good, there’s something for everyone and if you don’t have too much money you can still find something for yourself.

Verdict?

I like the website. It contains the stories about interesting people, recipes, and different style. Preserve got everything covered, from the life of “an ordinary person” to exotic and luxury things. The same is with their Shop offer.

Articles like Art of Letter Writing make you think of times when technology didn’t occupy our lives, when writing and receiving letters had a deep, profound meanings.

Preserve vs. Goop?

Considering how unrelatable Goop is, and how expensive everything is on there, Preserve is definitely on a right track to become more popular.

You can visit the website here: http://preserve.us/

 

 

Review: Essence hand creams

Finding a perfect hand cream isn’t as easy at it sounds. They have to moisturize, care, repair our hands, contain vitamins and have a nice texture, smell.  Considering how hard it is to find such a thing it’s a right time to do the review of two great hand creams I found.

ESSENCE 24h hand protection balm

The pack is like most Essence products – cute. The tube is pink.  The cream smells great.
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Texture is creamy, not oily. It’s absorbed quickly and gives immediate smoothness to your skin.

This hand cream is recommended for dry hands. Repair formula with shea butter and coconut oil moisturizes hands. It also protects them from dryness for up to 24 hours.

It is efficient. After using this cream, hands lose dryness. The difference is noticeable.

 

 

ESSENCE 2 in 1 hand and nail balm

The pack is yellow.

The cream smells very nice and kinda fresh.

Texture is nice and creamy. It is absorbed fast.

This cream contains yogurt extracts and calcium which protects and cares for both hands and nails.

Hands are moisturIMG530ized, silky and smooth.

The cream does not make hands oily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love both of these creams and recommend them to everyone. They provide an excellent care for hands and nails.

If you’re after a cream with nice texture which is absorbed quickly, without leaving oily hands, these are the right choices for you.

 

 

Hottest World Cup Footballers

World Cup in Brazil  is already under way and it’s time to mention all the hottest footballers.  Dont think there’s someone who’s not watching it. If you don’t like the sport itself, then you sure do like all guys on that pitch.

So, here they are:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal

2. Asmir Begovic – Bosnia and Herzegovina

3. Jan Vertonghen – Belgium

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4. Wesley Sneijder – Netherlands

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5. Claudio Marchisio – Italy

6. Adam Larsen Kwarasey – Ghana

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7. Robin van Persie – Netherlands

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8. Mats Hummels – Germany

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9. Alexis Sanchez – Chile

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10. James Troisi – Australia

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11. Glen Johnson – England

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Blake Lively: The winner of Festival de Cannes 2014 Style Battle

67th Cannes Film Festival started on May 14 and ended on May 25. One of the most important film festivals around the world. It’s famous not just for all the movies you can see but for its unique fashion and style that’s displayed every day and night on the red carpet.

Blake Lively didn’t have a film to promote – her new big role is in The Age of Adaline and the movie will be released in 2015. Considering she’s keeping low profile and not attending too many social events it was surprise to see her at the Festival. However, Blake had a double role at Cannes:

  • Accompanying her husband Ryan Reynolds at the premier of his latest movie The Captive, which received many negative reviews and Ryan was even booed at the premiere.
  • Another role was connected to L’Oreal Paris. Blake is the new face of the famous brand which is involved with the festival.

Bringing your A game certainly isn’t that easy, but Blake pulled it off. All her looks were flawless and it’s perfectly clear why she’s described as one of the future style icons. Never been on the trashy side, always channeling sophistication and elegance which makes all designers want to work with her. Christian Louboutin even created shoes named after Blake.

Blake’s Cannes Film Festival looks:

Serena van der Woodsen is all grown up and her style is better than ever.

Why you should have some tea now – tea and its benefits

To start it off, after water tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world.

Personally, since I hate coffee and pretty much everything else except water, tea is my drink of choice.

Here’s a bit of its history:

“Tea originated in China where it was used mostly for medicine. If you look at history of Japan, China etc. you’ll notice tea was actually a big part of their lives, served during dinners, official meetings, during holidays. It was introduced to Europe via Portuguese priests and merchants who traveled to China during 16th century. Tea became popular in Britain during the 17th century. The Brits introduced it to India in order to compete with the Chinese monopoly on the product. “

Let’s go back to what was its primary use back in history- medical purposes. Each tea has its medical purposes and was/is used to fight all kinds of diseases.

Here are some of them:

Chamomile 

Helps with:

  • bad indigestion (decreasing symptoms: cramps, flatulence etc.)
  • stomach, liver pain
  • menstrual pain
  • irritated skin
  • chamomile pledget helps with inflammation of the skin
  • cup of chamomile tea 30-45 minutes before the bed is used for relaxed sleep.

Mint

Helps with:

  • nausea
  • increases appetite
  • relaxes respiratory system
  • headaches caused by nervousness
  • boosts energy
  • increases concentration.

Rose hip tea

Benefits:

  • eliminates fatigue, malaise, encourages working capacity
  • has positive effects on the digestive system
  • helps with flu
  • provides satiety supplying the body with necessary vitamins
  • ejects harmful substances from the body
  • contains vitamin C which isn’t decomposed while brewing.

Thyme

Benefits:

  • strengthens respiratory system
  • if inhaled over a cup of hot tea has a beneficial effect on inflamed sinuses
  • fights infection causes by bacteria and viruses
  • strengthens the stomach.

Green tea

Benefits:

  • increases positive energy
  • effects the mood and activity
  • decreases cholesterol level in body
  • fights cellulite
  • limits the absorption of fat and stimulates micro-circulation

It is recommended to take a one cup per day as it’s used to detox the body.

Black tea

Benefits:

  • speeds up metabolism
  • activates digestive system
  • maintains vigilance
  • increases concentration and creativity
  • strengthens the mind and body
  • contains minerals that protect teeth
  • helps body get rid of toxic material.

Fun fact: it is called a red tea in China.

Nettle tea

Benefits:

  • ideal for treatment of anemia (chlorophyll from the nettle enhances the building of red blood cells)
  • natural blood cleanser
  • lowers blood sugar
  • stimulates circulation
  • used as diuretic.

Elder flower tea

  • soothes cough and is used in the treatment of bronchitis, asthma and pneumonia
  • relieves symptoms of cold.

Hibiscus tea

  • lowers high blood pressure
  • prevents diseases of blood vessels.

Heather tea

  • treats kidney and urinary stones
  • soothes menstrual cramps
  • treats sick lungs
  • causes sweating in flu and cold which lowers body temperature
  • treats rheumatism.

Rooibos tea 

  • andioxidant
  • slows down the aging process
  • used as prevention of: atherosclerosis, diabetes, cataracts, arthritis, and malignant diseases.

Cranberry tea 

  • fights diseases of the urinary tract.

Aronia tea

  • increases circulation, cleanses blood
  • helps with headache and migraine
  • lowers high blood pressure
  • increases immunity
  • prevents the development of viruses and bacterial infections
  • regulates the work of pancreas and may be useful in treating diabetes.

St. John’s wort tea

  • fights depression, agitation and irritability
  • stabilizes emotions and relieves insomnia 1506478_10203369008044071_324105750_n
  • reduces pain in gastritis and helps healing stomach ulcers.

2014 Met Gala: Best and Worst Dressed

What is Met Gala? Everyone knows about it, but not many people know what it actually is and what’s its purpose.

“The Met Gala (formally called the Costume Institute Gala) is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.  It is also a celebration for institute’s annual fashion exhibit. The Met Gala is considered as one of the most exclusive social events in New York and is regarded as “the biggest night of fashion”. It is also one of the biggest fundraising night’s of New York City (reportedly, nine million dollars were raised in 2013). Anna Wintour (editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and chair of the event since 1995) oversees both the benefit committee and the guest list, with Vogue staffers helping assemble the list of invitees. Each year the event has a theme, and includes a cocktail hour and formal dinner. In 2014 the ticket cost $25,000 per each guest.

This year’s theme was:

Charles James: Beyond Fashion.”

The biggest night of fashion had a lot to offer. From fairy-tale dresses to absolute garbage. Hollywood’s IT girl Lupita Nyong’o was the biggest and possibly the worst surprise of the night, wearing the hideous combination. Kate Upton and Rita Ora looked utterly trashy and tacky. On the other hand, Blake Lively was the most stunning at the Gala. Suki Waterhouse had a gorgeous dress and Kim Kardashian actually looked pretty nice.

Best and Worst Dressed at 2014 MET GALA – Charles James: Beyond Fashion:

Things you can learn from Audrey Hepburn

Today is Audrey Hepburn’s 85th birthday. She was one of the most graceful, elegant, beautiful and sophisticated women in history. Audrey Hepburn was an actress, humanitarian and fashion icon and was active during Hollywood’s Golden Age. American Film Institute ranked her as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American Cine
ma and she’s also placed in the International Best Dressed Hall of Fame.

Audrey Hepburn still remains one of a few people who have won Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Tony and BAFTA Awards.

Hepburn is, in so many ways, a sort of ideal people strive to be. In her own way, she represents every positive quality a person should own.

Things you can learn from Audrey Hepburn:

1. Accept your weakness

Audrey studied ballet and had a talent in the art. However, when she asked Marie Rambert (who had great influence on British ballet) about her future, she was told that while she could definitely have a successful career in dance, her fairly tall height and issues from wartime poor nutrition would keep her from ever becoming a prima ballerina. Audrey accepted it and moved her efforts to acting.

2. Don’t waste your time and effort convincing a man of your worth

In her role as Sabrina in the 1954 film by the same name, Audrey learns that a man who can’t see your value on his own is not worth pursuing.

3. Be stylish and elegant 

Audrey is the most perfect example how elegance never gets old. Less is always more and being classy is always better than being trashy. Her name was and always will be a synonym for class and elegance.

4. Turn life’s hardships into something meaningful

Growing up during World War II struggles in Arnhem, Netherlands during the Dutch famine, Audrey witnessed many horrible things and suffered herself from malnutrition, acute anemia, respiratory problems, and edema. These hardships inspired her to become dedicated to humanitarian efforts later in life. Devoted to UNICEF, Audrey focused on aiding impoverished children in the poorest parts of the world.

5. Focus on the positive

Audrey is quoted saying:

“If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements, and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages, or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough.”

Everyone can learn from that. Learn to accept the negative in your life because it’s the only way something positive can happen.