Archive | February, 2012

MATCHA Green Tea

24 Feb

1. You need: Matcha, hot water and a whisk!

2. Put 1/4 tbsp Matcha in hot water. Mix with whisk, lightly.

Pour and EnjoY!

Matcha was brought to Japan from China by a Buddist monk named Eisai in 1100 AD. This type of tea was made to support the monks in their endeavours by keeping them alert, focused and also relaxed. Monks meditate for extended periods of time and the green tea is responsible for assisting them.

Uji, the Kyoto region of Japan is considered the mecca of Japanese Green Tea. It is the best producer of the famous Matcha in the world. Uji has renowned tea because of its climate, warm days and cool nights, its rolling hills and its rich soil. This environment produces high quality tea plants which in turn become high quality tea.

Matcha is made from the same tea plant as regular green tea however, it is cultivated differently to produce its unique flavour. The plant is grown under diffused sunlight for a month prior to their harvest. This increases their chlorophyll content, a natural chemical that creates its green colour and also detoxifies the body. Once harvested, the leaves are steamed, dried and then all the stems are removed. Next, the leaves are ground by stone into a fine powder. This is the final product, ready to be used by the consumer.

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Spring 2012 – The Peplum Skirt

17 Feb

This is my favorite trend this Spring/Summer 2012. I think the peplum skirt brings fun and youthful vigor to any closet because you can wear it in any colour or pattern, it is an accent piece that you can rock to most functions. The layered look can be transfered to a blouse or dress and is easy to make. You do not need a pattern to create this look, just search “peplum skirt how to” on youtube and you will find some videos on how to make one easily yourself.

There are a great deal of celebrities who are wearing the peplum skirt, I have seen it at the Grammy’s and the Billboard awards. It can be cute or formal, depending on how you style the separate. I like basic black with a white tank but I would punch colour with a fun statement necklace. I am on the look out for colourful and funky floral concept statement necklaces. A new trend perhaps? It started with the peplum skirt!

90% cocoa – Lindt Dark Chocolate

17 Feb

Lindt understands chocolate. They have degrees of cocoa content, going up by 5% all the way to 90%! The higher the cocoa content, the darker and gritty the chocolate. If you like espresso or tobacco the more likely you are to like high cocoa content. You cannot  scarf down the whole chocolate bar like you would a milk chocolate Cadbury’s but, if you love dense taste then you can take little nibbles and enjoy the darkness of this chocolate.

You can find this particular brand at any supermarket or Walmart. It’s a bit on the expensive side but you can take small bites, it will last longer than a regular KitKat. I have had my chocolate bar for five days going strong!

I know its terrible but having all three of these dark vices is a treat like no other. Try it if you dare!

Even if not…happy nibbles!

The elegant camellia flower!

16 Feb

 

I stayed up late tonight thinking about flowers. The camellia flower represents a lot of things to me like; fashion, beauty, and peace. I decided to make a video on facts about the camellia. Its short and sweet so check it out and let me know what you think!

DKNY shows her gritty side Fall/Winter 2012

13 Feb

This collection puts me right in the streets of New York. The dense crowds, the thick smoggy air and the gridlocked traffic! With all the bustle and grime, I think DKNY is right on target, it’s best to wear black. Note how the models have their hair pulled back, that’s very practical given the environment. This is a no-nonsense, polished look that exudes female poweress! I will probably model this look today, with a nod to Donna Karan, I will wear my black leather jacket! I’ll be going to the Pickering city centre, perhaps I’ll check out the DKNY collection at the Bay…

Good Gosh! I am shocked at the state of the fashion go-to department store of the suburbs! The Bay has failed in the city of Pickering. DKNY was looking very bland and not very couture. And, after seeing this video of her latest collection, I feel like slapping the merchandiser at the Bay! The clothes they pick for retail sale are not at all representative of DKNY effort and charisma. The department stores need to step up their game if they are going to represent high fashion brands! Completely silly, and don’t give me the “you have to pay the big bucks to get the good stuff” speal…it is still DKNY for gosh sake, present it like you know about the time it takes to create high quality clothing!