Friday, April 12, 2013

Chef Mon Coeur: Minted Lime Mango Sorbet


- 100g Sugar
- 1 large ripe mango, chopped
- 500g of whole Yogurt
- Juice of one Lime
- 1 handful of fresh mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 teaspoon Peppermint

Place sugar in the stand mixer and turn to speed for 30 seconds in progressive speed 5-10.

Add the mango, yogurt, lime juice, vanilla and peppermint, mix for 2-3 minutes, progressive speed 5-10, until it has a smooth texture. 

Pour sorbet into a metal tray and place it into the freezer until it hardens.

Cut the sorbet into pieces and put it back in the stand mixer for 2 minutes in progressive speed 5-10, helping with the spatula. 

Serve fresh and enjoy!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Chanel's New Powder Compact 'Les Beiges'

Inspired by the passion for freedom of Gabrielle Chanel, the Chanel makeup creation studio has designed Les Beiges, a new spirit of makeup that is simple and intuitive. Free like a breath of fresh air. Spontaneous like the perfect getaway. Enveloping like a caress of light.

Les Beiges reveal the healthy glow of each women and provide a sensation of lightness, well-being and freshness. 

Les Beiges compact powder gives your skin the fresh, pure radiance of days spent outdoors. 

The healthy sheer glow powder also features the iconic Chanel compact case, dressed for the first time in beige, the timeless and exclusive beige that Gabrielle Chanel loved so much. Its big mirror, with a larger inclination angle, and its half-moon powder brush made of 100% natural hair make an easier application.

Les Beiges natural is a style!
Available in five luminous and natural shades

The Smart Creative Guide To Dressing for Work

With designer labels and high heels, we’ve come a long way since clothing was about nothing more than modesty and warmth. And yet, for many of us, what we wear for work has become automatic and habitual. We drag on a suit each day, out of routine, nothing more. Or we slouch about in baggy casual gear because we’re freelance, or working remotely, so we can.
By dressing mindlessly like this we’re ignoring the large amount of evidence showing the profound effect of clothing on our thinking style, on how we feel, and on the way others perceive us. Starting today, you can use clothing and props to improve your work performance through these simple steps:

Dress for the task: the “Lab Coat” effect

Consider the findings of a study published last year by the Kellogg School of Management. They showed that students were far more accurate on tests of attentional focus and sustained concentration while wearing the white lab coat of a scientist. Crucially, spending time thinking about the lab coat didn’t have this benefit, it had to be worn.
These results suggest that donning symbolic apparel can alter our thinking style in beneficial ways that are consistent with the meaning that the clothing holds for us. So whatever project you’re currently working on, consider dressing for that role. Think what clothing symbolizes the attributes you need to succeed and wear those threads while you work. If there’s nothing as obvious as a lab coat, why not look to role models in your field and see what they wear – perhaps something flamboyant for when you want to be creative, a shirt and tie for when you’re working on the accounts. The important thing is that the clothing has the right symbolic meaning for the work you’re doing. In the study, the white coat had no attentional benefits when the students thought it was a painter’s jacket, not a scientist’s coat.

Be yourself and respect your own style

As well as affecting our mindset, our clothes can also alter how we feel about ourselves. U.S. research published in 2007 found that employees described themselves as feeling more productive, trustworthy, and authoritative when they were wore a business suit at work, but more friendly when wearing casual clothes.
An important detail here was the employees’ style preferences. It was smart types with a clear preference for wearing formal work attire whose feelings of productivity were most adversely affected when they’d worked in an office with a casual dress code. On the other hand, it was hipster staff with a strong preference for laid-back wear who felt most strongly that suits hampered their friendliness and creativity. Of course not all work places give you the freedom to choose, but if you can, these findings show it pays to respect your own style.
The white coat had no attentional benefits when the students thought it was a painter’s jacket.

Choose your weapons (and accessories) wisely

The psychological effects of clothing on performance extend to tools and props. A 2011 study led by Charles Lee at the University of Virginia showed that university students perceived a putting hole to be larger (thus making more putts) when they used a putter that they thought belonged to the pro player Ben Curtis, as compared with a standard putter
Whether it’s a lucky pen handed down from a mentor, or a mouse-mat from your first successful product launch, the symbolic power of the objects we work with is more than mere superstition or sentimentality. Their meaning can alter our mindset and improve our performance. The same principles also apply when choosing what to wear – that lucky tie or necklace really could give you an edge at an interview.

Dress to impress

If you want to appear authoritative it really does make sense to dress smart. A raft of studies have shown that people in more formal attire get served more quickly in shops, have more luck soliciting charity donations, and are usually judged to be more intelligent and academic. A study that looked specifically at female applicants for a managerial job found those who dressed in a smart masculine style were perceived as more forceful and aggressive and were more likely to get hired.
If you can, pay attention to detail. Research published this year using faceless photographs, found that a man dressed in a bespoke suit was rated as more confident, successful, and flexible than a man dressed in an off-the-rack suit. “Minor clothing manipulations can give rise to significantly different inferences,”the researchers said.
This suggests it could be worth going the extra mile when dressing yourself for an important meeting or interview. The same principles also apply when it comes to group image. A survey in 2009 found that business students rated companies with a formal dress code as more authoritative and competent, while those with a more relaxed approach, were seen as more friendly and creative. So if you’re a manager in charge of your organization’s dress code, think about the kind of image you’d like to cultivate. Which leads to the final point …
Studies have shown that people in more formal attire get served more quickly in shops and are usually judged to be more intelligent and academic.

Consider your audience

Formal suits aren’t always the way to go. Research shows that people who wear more daring outfits are perceived as more attractive and individual, which could be advantageous in more creative industries. Casual dress can also be more persuasive, depending on your audience. In 2010, a female experimenter reportedthat students were far more diligent in following her detailed instructions when she was dressed casually (like they were), as opposed to smart and professional. This similarity effect echoes a study conducted in the early 80s in which experimenters sought a dime for a telephone call. Smartly dressed researchers had more luck at an airport, where more people were dressed formally; casually dressed researchers had more luck at a bus station.
If you need to be persuasive at work, the lesson from these studies is that there’s no single rule for how to dress. You need to balance the power of authority, which you get from smartness, against the allure of camaraderie, which comes from dressing like your audience, and may require going more casual.
The next time you’re getting dressed for work in the morning, be mindful of the psychological impact that clothes can have. Your choice could literally affect your mindset, so try to match your outfit to the type of work you’re planning to do. If interacting with other people is on the cards – consider who they are, the impression you want to make, and especially whether you want to impress them or be one of them. A polished professional look can certainly give you authority. But if you’re collaborating with quirky creatives, or you want to cultivate a friendly atmosphere, you may find it’s advantageous to adopt a more casual, individual style for the day.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cook Like A Chef With Chefday

Chefday was founded in May 2012 with the vision of making cooking a simple yet delicious experience. Based in Bushwick Brooklyn, Chefday's team brings together young yet experienced entreprenuers who have a passion for cooking and technology.

Chefday is a young, fresh food delivery service built around high-quality, carefully curated, chef-designed recipes. Members enjoy a unique cooking experience in their own homes, fueled by fresh pre-measured ingredients and easy-to-follow videos of the chefs in action.
Ingredients are 100% organic. Everything is pre-measured even salt and olive oil.
Choose a recipe - Receive the Ingredients - Cook With the Video - Bon Appetit
1 portion purchased = 1 meal donated
Every time you cook a recipe with chefday, they'll donate a full meal to the Food Bank For NYC 
(or an equivalent dollar value).

For example, if you order a recipe that serves 4 persons, the Food Bank For NYC to will be able to provide 4 healthy full meals.

Urban Outfitters X Republic

Urban Outfitters has teamed up with Republic to bring you a personalized experience in bike design. Offering more that 100,000 component and color combinations for the Artistotle singlespeed and Plato Dutch bikes. You just need to pick and choose. Republic will build it, box it and ship it directly to you. Every bike order will be processes and shipped by Republic. 

Republic's 3D bike shop allows you to visualize your design in 3D. Click and drag within the 3D space to rotate and reposition the bicycle.

Nars X Pierre Hardy

Here is a sneak peak of the Pierre Hardy for Nars collaboration.

The collection features six nail polish duos, and two blush pallets imprinted with Hardy's signature cubic pattern, all which were inspired in Hardy's Spring 2013 shoe collection. Nail sets will come in a miniature shoe box complete with a dust bag, just like Hardy's shoes, how cute is that?

The limited edition collection will hit stores on May 1.

(Photos: Lifestyle Magazine)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Aurora iPhone Skins by Clear-Coat

Clear-Coat's new iPhone cover "Aurora" will make your iPhone shimmer like never before with the Aurora effect. This clear coat gives a futuristic look to the back, sides and front of your iPhone and it's guaranteed for life, you will get a replacement, any time, for any reason, as many times as you'd like.  

Your phone,  futurized!

Rihanna X River Island

Introducing Rihanna for River Island!
"We've had a unbelievable exciting nine months working along-side Rihanna to help make her designs a reality. From seeing her initial sketches back in July through to watching her storm London Fashion Week last month, we've enjoyed every minute of what has lead us to this: the launch of the first Rihanna for River Island collection of 2013" said our favorite Uk e-commer site, River Island. 

This is the first time that Rihanna shows her creative side of fashion and shows her talent for design and her undeniable eye for great style, so you'll be pleased to hear that this spring collection is the first of four available this year.

The Rihanna for River Island spring collection is now available in selected River Island stores and online. 

Our favorite pieces from the collection:
Black Rihanna slash back sleeveless dress
Grey Marl Rihanna knot fron cropped t-shirt
Black Rihanna thigh split cami maxi dress

Black & White Striped Rihanna tank top
Yellow Rihanna knot front cropped cami top
Black & White Rihanna painted stripe shorts

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SquareHue / Monthly Nail Polish Subscription

Receive three, full-size,.50oz Nail Polish Bottles in your mailbox every month! 
SquareHue, is a monthly paid subscription service that focuses on fashion and culture, they curate colors to keep you in style and in season. Each month has a distinct personality to suit a variety of dress needs. Day or evening, casual or luxe, they've got you covered. 
Join ColorHue for $21 USD a month and get three nail polishes every month. 30% of profits will got to charity
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Monday, April 8, 2013

DCA Product Design / PARKd

DCA questions why the parking meter isn't more intuitive and flexible to meet user's needs. 

As a user experience, today's parking meter still leaves much to be desired. Whether they be Pay-and-Display or Pay-upon-Retun, parking meters tend to be defined by efficient or robust component layout rather than considering how the user will perceive and interact with them. 

DCA saw this as an opportunity to explore how this example of a poor interaction experience could easily be improved by design.

Different people want to pay for their parking in different ways. PARKd is a concept that offers this flexibility. Providing the opportunity for the user to choose the option they feel comfortable with, PARKd created a relaxed efficient experience that alleviates the frustrations and anxiety that traditional parking meters can cause.
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AG X Liberty London Collection

In 1875, Arthur Liberty opened his department store, specialising in ornaments and fabrics inspired by the Middle East. Mylore silk was imported from India, where it was hand dyed and printed with wooden blocks. Over 130 years later, Liberty of London is still renowned for its intricate and prestigious signature prints, which capture a bygone era of miniature floral designs and Art Deco shapes, dating back to the 19th century. Charming illustrations which capture the imagination through their repeated detail and recognisable colour palate, created by a wide team if in-house and freelance designers.
Liberty prints have also become recongised through their continued and celebrated collaborations with brands including Barbour, Fred Perry, Nike and Dr Martens, which combine archival prints with the iconic style each brand. Liberty also pulls on music, such as the Liberty Rock collection, inspired by various aspects of musical history, from Roxy music to BB King.
The latest in this stellar lineup is Californian brand AG Adriano Goldschmiedwho have collaborated with Liberty to create patterned denim in varying shades. The delicacy of the Liberty floral touches the industrial weight of denim to create a subtle blend that fuses both brands.
AG X Liberty of London
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