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Thursday, June 28, 2012


What is the difference between

Tod's and Hogan?

 Qualche giorno fa, un bel Sabato, sono andata con il mio ragazzo all’Outlet della Tod’s di Sant’Elpidio a Mare. Per coincidenza abbiamo scelto ognuno un paio di scarpe dello stesso colore: rosa pastellato. Il mio ragazzo ha scelto dei bellissimi mocassini Tod’s in pelle ed io delle comodissime creepers Hogan. Le scarpe sono meravigliose, ma la domanda spontanea che mi è venuta in mente è: che differenza c’è tra i 2 marchi? Una volta giunti a casa mi sono messa alla ricerca su internet ed ecco cosa ho trovato.
"Il marchio Tod's contraddistingue calzature e pelletteria di lusso. Caratterizzatosi sin dall'inizio per la creazione di modelli diventati un cult dello stile di vita contemporaneo, rappresenta, nel mondo degli accessori di lusso, la perfetta combinazione di tradizione, alta qualità e modernità.
Ogni prodotto è eseguito a mano, con tecniche di alto artigianato, per diventare, dopo numerosi passaggi e controlli, un oggetto esclusivo, riconoscibile, modernissimo e funzionale.
Alcuni dei prodotti ideati, quali ad esempio la Driving Shoe o la D-Bag, amati da celebrities e personaggi in tutto il mondo, sono diventati un mito e antesignani di un nuovo stile dell'eleganza maschile e femminile."
"Il marchio HOGAN si distingue per la sua “innovatività” ed alta qualità, ha creato uno stile unico, contribuendo a cambiare il modo di vestire del consumatore che vuole un prodotto di alta qualità e funzionale, al tempo stesso informale ed elegante, per la vita di tutti i giorni. Alcuni modelli sono dei best sellers, come ad esempio le calzature Interactive."
Che ne pensate dei nostri acquisti? 

[EN] A few days ago,  on a beautiful Saturday, I went  with my boyfriend to the Outlet of Tod's located in Sant'Elpidio a Mare. By coincidence we chose each same color of shoes : pastel pink.  My boyfriend chose the beautiful leather  Tod's moccasins and I found a  very comfortable Hogan creepers. The shoes are wonderful, but the obvious question that came to my mind is: what is the difference between the 2 brands? Once we arrived at home I started  searching on the internet and here's what I found:
“The Tod’s brand is known for shoes and luxury leather goods, with styles that have become icons of modern living; Tod’s is known in the luxury goods sector as a symbol of the perfect combination of tradition, quality and modernity.
Each product is hand-crafted with highly-skilled techniques, intended, after laborious reworking, to become an exclusive, recognisable, modern and practical object.
Some styles, like the Driving Shoe and the D bag, are cherished by celebrities and ordinary people worldwide, and have become icons and forerunners of a new concept of elegance, for both women and men.”
“Hogan brand now also crafts various leather goods items. The Hogan brand is distinctive for high quality, functionality and design. Every product stems from a highly skilled design technique and is created using quality materials with a particular passion for details and a search for perfection. Hogan products are the highest expression of a “new luxury” lifestyle. Hogan is meant for someone who cherishes the type of luxury associated with product excellence, innovative original design and consummate practicality.The Traditional and the Interactive shoe styles endure as continuing “best sellers”.”
What do you think of our purchases?

Have a Great Day!


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Chip & Chic

Chip & Chic

My little birds,

I am happy to present you today my Chip & Chic look. I got this lovely lace blouse thanks to on-line shop BaBBassu. It is very comfy and chic blouse.   (And if you go on-line you’ll discover a really convenient prices on BaBBassu e-shop). The color permit you to style it with anything. I have chosen that vintage yellow roses print shorts. I think I had this shorts for ages. I found them on my last visit to Romania in apartment where I used to live before and I though “…hmm…they are not too  bad to wear them again” J To give more charming look I putted on this glitter shoes that I bought last winter at Stradivarius.  They give a really chic allure to whole look. 
What do you think about?
Which item do you like more?

[RO] Scumpele mele,
Azi va prezint cu drag noua mea tinuta Chip & Chic. Am primit aceasta bluza de la magazinul on-line BaBBassu. E foarte comoda si chiar chic (Daca intrati pe site-ul  BaBBassu o sa descoperiti  piese cu adevarat economice). Culoarea acestei  bluze imi permite sa o asortez cu absolut orice. Am ales de aceasta data pantalonii scurti vintage, care au un print floral cu adevarat draguts.  Cred ca ii am de-un veac (si nu mai zic ca obisnuiam sa ii port in casa).  I-am regasit  in ultima mea vizita in Romania cand am trecut  pe la apartamentul  unde  stateam  pe vremuri, si acel moment  mi-am zis “…hmm astia nu arata chiar asa rau, ia sa ii mai port  nitsel”.J Totusi pentru a salva tinuta de una obisnuita mi-am pus pantofii acestia (cu sclipici :D) cumparati iarna aceasta la Stradivarius  care ii dau o alura mai charmanta, mai chic intregii tinute.  Voua cum va pare?
 Ce piesa v-a placut mai mult? 

BaBBassu blouse | Vintage shorts | Stradivarius heels |Stradivarius accessories |
Clare sunglasses | Hogan bag



Monday, June 25, 2012

Natural sunscreens alternative to chemicals


Natural  sunscreens alternative to chemicals  
 Hi dears,
You know that I am writting for Holistic Linving Annex 
and I want to share with you my contribution of this month. 
Hope you'll find it useful and intresting. Enjoy!
The sun is a natural source of Vitamin D, but can be as damaging as it is beneficial for your health. Skin damage caused by too much sun exposure can be irreversible and cause health conditions such as burns and skin cancer.It is very important that you  protect your skin with sunscreen before stepping out into the sun. However,  not everyone feels comfortable wearing sunscreen chemicals on their skin. The chemicals in commercial sunscreen can cause such skin reactions as dry or itchy patches. If your skin is prone to these side-effects, there are several natural alternatives to commercial sunscreen. 
Find out which are they:

 Sesame Oil
Pure sesame oil is an effective natural alternative to sunscreen  because it can block out approximately 30 percent of the sun's rays. Apply sesame oil to the exposed skin once every one to two hours for maximum protection.

Coconut Oil
Coconut oil blocks out as much as 20 percent of the sun's harmful rays. Apply coconut oil to any exposed patch of skin every hour for maximum sun protection. As an alternative, coconut oil mixes with shea butter and coconut butter to add sun protection into your favorite daily skin products. Coconut oil and milk are also natural skin moisturizers and can be applied to the skin daily instead of commercial moisturizers, providing a natural daily sunscreen.

Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant with extract that is useful for many medicinal purposes, ranging from wound healing to diabetes treatment. Aloe vera gel reflects as much as 20 percent of the sun's harmful UV rays If you grow the plant at home just  pluck a leaf to access the gel-like interior. No matter the method of obtaining the gel, apply it to the skin every one to two hours for sun protection.

Red Raspberry Seed Oil
Provides the highest broad spectrum UV protection against both UVA and UVB rays due to the exceptionally high levels of alpha and vitamin E, vitamin A, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Some sources stated that Red Rapsberry Seed Oil has SPF as high as 28 – 50 and equal to that of titanium dioxide.

 Carrot Seed Oil
Carrot seed oil is an essential oil with significant antioxidant, antiseptic and fragrant properties with high levels of vitamin A. Carrot seed oil also provides natural sun protection with  SPF of 38 and 40.

Hemp Seed Oil
Although hemp seed oil provides a low SPF, the nutrients found in hemp seed oil closely resembles the naturally occurring molecules in the human body. These molecules are known as lipids and include elements such as bodily waxes, fats and fat-soluble vitamins. Because of this close resemblance, the nutrients are easily absorbed into human skin, providing added sunscreen. Hemp seed oil is also a natural source of essential amino and fatty acids, as well as nutrients, which stimulate keratin formation in the human body, adding many benefits to the skin.

Alfalfa Oil
Alfalfa, also known as lucerne, can be used as a pretreatment along with other sunscreens. It is known to reduce the damage caused by sunburn and is also a rich source of antioxidants. Traditional Indian medicines used alfalfa leaves for treating skin conditions, such as sores or boils.

Tropical Ferns
Golden polypody (golden serpent fern or cabbage palm fern) is a tropical fern native to America. This fern contains beneficial antioxidants, as well as properties that lower the risk of skin damage caused by the sun. The fern can help to maintain the skin's elasticity and most importantly, can reduce the risk of skin cancer. In medicine, extracts from this fern have been used to treat serious skin conditions, such as psoriasis.

Alexandrian Laurel
Alexandrian Laurel, more commonly known as the Ballnut tree, contain elements that are believed to regenerate skin tissue. Acordigly with  the European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences the Ballnut tree oil provides a high UV protection level, equal to SPF 18 to 22. The oil has no toxicity, which means that it can be used on the skin with no irritations or adverse effects. Alexander Laurel  oil can also be added to eye drops to provide natural sun protection for the eyes.

Wheatgerm Oil 
Wheatgerm is one of the best sources of natural vitamin E and is also a good source of vitamin K, B vitamins and choline, and natural SPF equal to 20.  Applied to the skin this oil helps to moisturize tissues and acts as an antioxidant  preventing  free radical damage.

Soybean Oil 
Soybeans originally come from China and are a rich source of essential fatty acids, protein, lecithin, iron and calcium in the diet.  Used on the skin, soybean oil is effective moisturizer compared to other oils  and has a natural SPF of 10.

Macadamia Oil
Macadamia nuts are rich sources of magnesium, iron, phosphorous, potassium and vitamin E. The oil contains a natural plant chemical called cinnamic acid which provides a variable SPF level of 6.

Jojoba Oil
Used by Indians and Mexicans for food, medicine, skin care and rituals. The oil of jojoba is effective as a moisturizer for dry skin and contains a natural plant chemical called myristic acid which provides some limited sun protection (SPF of 4).

Other Oils
Other natural plant oils with low SPF levels include sea buckthorn oil, shea butter,  olive oil, avocado oil, soybean, peanut oil, green and white tea  leaves. 

 All this marvelous oils and herbs you can use to make your own non-allergic  sunscreen as following:

Sesame Sunscreen
Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are two of the natural minerals. Both are gentle and non-irritating and the least likely to cause photosensitivity disorders. Titanium dioxide offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays and zinc oxide offers an even wider spectrum of protection in the UVA range. That’s why is critiqly to use it in sunscreen:
2 tbs virgin coconut oil (SPF 2)
1 tbs shea butter (SPF 6)
½ tsp sesame oil (SPF 2)
½ tsp aloe vera gel
2 tsp zinc oxide
Put the first 4 ingredients in a ceramic bowl inside a saucepan. Then fill it with an inch or two of  boiling water. Melt all the ingredients and add zinc oxide.  Chose a dark glass jar to pour it and keep it in a cool dark place.  The liquefied mixture will last for 6 months.

Lettuce sunscreen
Use a  coconut oil, zinc oxide and aloe vera gel  and heat it in a small saucepan  at medium temperature, until the mixture begins to simmer.  The heated mixture will be combine  with lettuce leaves and Vitamin E oil from the capsules, into a blender.  To make that lettuce breaks apart into smaller pieces chop it before and blend  with rest till will liquify or puree.  Add  unscented lotion  to avoid making the sunscreen too thick. Pour the greenish tint of sunscreen in a plastic bottle and storeit in the 
refrigerator since it contains natural food products. Rub it on your skin before sun  exposure.

Hope that will help you to stay sun protect during  the hot summer.