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Hollywood Walk of Shame


She appeared in the comics during the WWII, became 1970s TV sensation and was briefly named a UN Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls last year. All of Wonder Woman’s previous achievements are going to be topped up this weekend.

Wonder Woman is coming in cinemas today. A brainchild of the inventors of the polygraph, who realised all superheroes were men and wanted to tell the girls they are powerful too, is going to break yet another invisible barrier. The producers decided this time the story of the fierce Amazonian will be told by a woman. Moreover, Patty Jenkins already got good reviews from critics and the movie is receiving predictions to be a complete success. If Wonder Woman turns out to be a blockbuster, this could be good news for all the other female directors that are pounding on the glass ceiling. Despite all the touching gender words coming from the mouths of Oscar winners, the numbers are dire. In the last decade only 4% of directors across 1,000 top movies were female. There is a clear discrimination going on in the film studios and maybe successful female director telling a story of a warrior princess can change that.

So, the famous boulevard would no longer deserve to be named Hollywood Walk of Shame.


La vie en rosé


As the days get longer, so does the cocktail time. From the end of May onwards, rosé shines its pale red from glasses at barbecues and parties under the starry skies.

The light wine variety, originally from Provence, is pressed from several red grapes, while the hue depends on how long the juice keeps in contact with the skins. Winemakers are playing with maceration, the process that determines the colour of the wine. From the traditional one to three days, it has recently been reduced to only a couple of hours, to achieve that ever more popular ultra pale pink hue. One way, or another, the end product is a tasty wine with appealing colour and lower alcohol contents, suitable even for the afternoon at the beach.

Luckily for us, rosés have spread from original terroir a while ago and the winemakers got the opportunity to bring us even more rich, exotic tastes from different grapes of Italy, Spain and overseas countries. Its lightness and the added bonus, it can be poured over ice made rosé is the ultimate drink for the hot summer evenings.

Scarlet Fever


The colour guru Pantone had announced this year’s autumn/winter palette. Based on designs, shown at the London Fashion Week, the colour forecasters suggest fashion designers to use a set of vivid hues for their creations.

The list of strong colours intended for the London market, differs from the toned one created for the New Yorkers. It tops with a vivid Flame Scarlet, followed by several fresh, but unusual shades, all ready to indulge in a set of unexpected combinations, such as Lemon Curry with Bluebell to create unpredictable colour dichotomy.

Doodling your way


We all remember doodling during boring lectures. With increasing popularity of sports shoes, this act of self expression has found its way out of the classroom and onto the catwalks. No wonder sports companies are after this scribbling trend.

All major manufacturers are now competing who will be more successful at using the creativity of their customers to sell more products. The aim is not just to attract younger generation who wants to stand out and be unique, but also to engage people doing monotonous work to unleash the secret artist at last. Several platforms like NikeiD and MiAdidas, have internet sites where you can design your own pair of sneakers to be manufactured just for you. This artistic freedom, however, comes with a hefty price tag.

There is also a more affordable way to follow the trend of self expression. Take an ordinary white pair of trainers and let your imagination and marker run wild.

The 1%


Ultra rich are the top villains, yet for some, role models and the epitome of success. Now, after years of documenting their lifestyles, Lauren Greenfield enables us to peek into their usually guarded world.

The latest work of the American artist, who spend 25 years taking pictures of the most wealthy tribe, is titled Generation Wealth. Her monograph offers a glimpse into the scenery, outfits and status symbols of The 1%. From lavish interiors, grandiose outfits, to excessive parties and everyday plastic surgeries, Lauren is in fact showing us humans with all their pains and desires, a true document of our time.

Something old, something new…

mil wed.jpgThe generation known for its non-conformism is changing everything on its way, even the wedding industry. Cherishing individualism, millennials are turning their backs on marriage traditions saying, out with the diamond rings and high-priced ceremonies.

The new generation of brides and grooms is exchanging big weddings with cheaper alternatives and is rather investing money in housing or trips around the world. Wedding dress specialists are experiencing the price plunge and so is the most blingy segment of the industry. Jewelers are in despair, penny pinching Millennials are skipping the two months’ pay rule on engagement rings and are  going for cheaper rubies or emeralds. It is not only the price of diamonds that is shaking the industry, the younger generation does not want blood on their hands, so ethical sourcing is at the top of their list.

One thing has not changed, a wedding still needs to be absolutely gorgeous. Instead of the newspapers, the tech savvy generation is reporting it on Pinterest and Instagram.

Warts and all


Fashion industry and media have long been culpable for unrealistic body perception. Lately, however, social media have taken the lead in spreading the unreal body image among the younger generation.

The latest surveys show women are becoming less concerned about celebrities and females in adverts, as they are more likely to compare their appearance with the images published on social media. The researchers from Macquarie University in Sydney found out, social media is already far more damaging than the traditional one. They believe celebrities used to be more distanced and their appearance was less attainable, which is not the case with people we personally know. Comparing oneself with peers and friends is so powerful, two thirds of women between 18 and 35 edit their images before putting them online.

Is the need for showing yourself in good light only the result of competitiveness or is being genuine and flawless boring and undesirable?

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