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Celebrities Style: XINYUAN ZHANG wears LANVIN


Born in Wuhan, Hubei Province, Xinyuan Zhang is known for her heavy eyebrows and flame lips, dubbed as the number one beauty in China.

 

She is a fashion icon, loved for her good girl image, a combination of classic and cute features.

 

Lanvin : Front Row  - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2014-2015

Picture Courtesy of LANVIN

 

She was spotted during the Lanvin Hiver 2014 Women’s Ready-to-Wear runway show wearing pink metallic taffetas lamé blazer, silver “Dream” liquid lamé t-shirt, gold liquid lamé skirt, and star “Altair” necklace, crystal bracelet, gold stitched cross-body bag, all from the Eté 2014 Runway Collection, and black sandals from the Eté 2012 Runway Collection.

 

What do you think of her metallic look?

Do you like the combination of accessories she did?

 

 

Introducing: THE 2014 ROLLS-ROYCE GHOST


People who know me well, know that I’m a huge cars fan, especially masculine, and wild cars.

But in my post today, I’m gonna introduce a true, classical babe… The 2014 Rolls-Royce GHOST!

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Since its launch in 2009, the Ghost has been a vision of simplicity – taking the core values of Rolls-Royce and creating contemporary effortless luxury. Achieving a new dynamism while remaining true to its heritage, Ghost projects a more informal presence than the Phantom with an even greater emphasis on driving, and as such the 2014 model year reflects this vision of riding and driving in peerless fashion with subtle enhancements that ensure the car is equipped to pinnacle Rolls-Royce standards.

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While seated comfortably in the Ghost’s slightly elevated position behind the wheel, described as the authority position, drivers will now have a new IPS 10.25″ HD screen before them, the largest in its class, featuring higher resolution with a better viewing angle and color contrast. This screen can be used to display the impressive 3D City View, which is one among many subtle navigation enhancements in the vehicle including new map representation, improved road calculation and High Guiding, where the correct lane and the correct turn is recommended to the driver via the split screen as a clear small map.

 

The Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller in the 2014 model year Ghost presents a pad with the ability to scroll through function menus by turning the chrome dial and pressing down to select its functions.

 

A pointer function allows menu options to be selected more quickly. The inclusion of inputs by written text, for example where a name and number must be added via the telephone menu is an additional improvement. It recognizes characters in English, Latin, Mandarin and Arabic, to assist drivers in the company’s second and third largest global markets, mainland China and the Middle East respectively, where character selection can otherwise be a time-consuming process.

 

Created and fine-tuned by the leading experts in industry, the bespoke sound system in the 2014 model year Ghost allows for a rich and all-encompassing aural experience, bringing the centre of sound even closer to the passenger’s ear. An array of 16 loudspeakers, two tweeters and a full active 18-channel amplifier with 1300W maximum power deliver unparalleled sound quality, while the Theatre setting creates a perfect surround-sound “bigger than live” experience.

 

The latest in audio-engineering technology ensures that no external conditions can affect the sound quality inside the vehicle. Automatic-controlled microphone volume and tone adjustment change the music according to the noises around the car, for example the sound will change in windy conditions and also over uneven roads to maintain optimal sound. In addition, DIRAC technology process eliminates loud spots and dead spots caused by sound reflecting off windows while Active Crossovers eliminate sound distortion.

 

Adding to the already vast array of existing comfort features, Ghost 2014 builds upon the Comfort Access, a first of its kind convenience feature first introduced in the Ghost 2013 model that allows the opening of the boot with an effortless foot movement in case both hands are busy. The new model now includes a Smart Close function alongside Smart Opener, where the boot can then be closed with a foot movement beneath the rear bumper of the car.

 

The aesthetic appeal of the Ghost is further enhanced with the option of Salamanca Blue and Silver Sand colours fortifying the existing palette of 44,000 exterior paint options, while three new wood variants have been introduced: Tudor Oak, Cross-banded Waterfall Bubinga and Lemon Satinwood, and Cross-banded Paldao and Dark Heart Ebony.

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Ghost is a modern execution of timeless Rolls-Royce elegance, widening its appeal beyond the purely traditional but retaining the core values that make the Rolls-Royce marque unique and cherished.

True Beauty ❤

Gemstones: Pearls


A new French luxury jewelry brand opened recently in the Middle East, Mauboussin, with two branches in Lebanon (one in ABC Dbayeh and the second in ABC Achrafieh).

I have been checking their ads on the roads, their Facebook page, twitter and Instagram account and it made me fall more and more in love with the world of gemstones and unique jewelry.

I’m gonna introduce in my post today the “Pearl”

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Why have I chosen “Pearl” in specific?

Pearl for me is a delicate soft stone, yet it can be worn on a daily basis and you would still have a simple style.

And more specifically, because “Pearls” are considered the least understood of all gemstones, not all sales persons in jewelry stores have proper information about them. So i said to myself, it’s time to have a small research and learn all the basics about them.

Physical Properties

The unique luster of “Pearls” depends upon the reflection, refraction, and diffraction of light from the translucent layers. The thinner and more numerous the layers in the pearl, the finer the luster. The iridescence that pearls display is caused by the overlapping of successive layers, which breaks up light falling on the surface. In addition, pearls (especially cultured freshwater pearls) can be dyed yellow, green, blue, brown, pink, purple, or black. The very best pearls have a metallic mirror-like luster.

 Different types of Pearls

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There are two basic varieties of cultured pearls; freshwater and saltwater. Freshwater pearls are grown primarily in man-made lakes and reservoirs in China. Saltwater pearls, which include Akoya, Tahitian and South Sea, are grown in bays, inlets and atolls in many places around the world. Saltwater pearls are considered more valuable than freshwater pearls, although rare and very high-quality freshwater pearls can be exceedingly valuable.

Pearl Symbolism

Pearls symbolize Purity, Spiritual Transformation, Charity, Honesty, Wisdom and Integrity, all the best within us. Pearls provide a clear vehicle for the advancing states of wisdom, as well as a clean channel for receipt of spiritual guidance. Pearls can stimulate your femininity and help with self acceptance. They lift your spirits and make you feel calm and beautiful. They remind us to walk with Dignity.

Since ancient times, the pearl has been a symbol of unblemished perfection. It is the oldest known gem, and for centuries it was considered the most valuable. A fragment of the oldest known pearl jewelry, found in the sarcophagus of a Persian princess who died in 520 BC, is displayed in the Louvre in Paris. To the ancients, pearls were a symbol of the moon and had magical powers. In classical Rome, only persons above a certain rank were allowed to wear pearl jewelry. The Latin word for pearl literally means “unique”, attesting to the fact that no two pearls are identical.

June Birthstone

For those who were born in the month of June, the Pearl is their traditional birthstone.

“Who comes with summer to this Earth

And owes to June her hour of birth

A pearl should wear against her skin

Who’s innocence many at heart shall win”

The June birthstone poem reflects some of the properties for the June birthstone Pearl, as modesty, chastity and purity.

 Pearl care

Pearls are the world’s only organic gemstone, and therefore, tend to be quite delicate. Proper care of your pearl jewelry is essential to ensure your investment will last a lifetime. Personal care products, such as perfume or hairspray, can severely damage the luster and beauty of a pearl.

Here are my favorite items with Pearls from Mauboussin 

“Perle D’or Mon Amour” ring

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this magnificent piece is made of yellow gold, gold pearl symbol of ebergy, white diamonds pavé and cognac diamonds

And the “Perle Caviar” ring

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this unique piece is made of white gold, grey cultured pearl symbol of rareness, black and white diamond pavé.

I hope my post wasn’t too long and boring, and stay tuned for more gemstones…

Ginger health benefits!


I was sick during the week-end, so I went searching for natural remedies to cure Flu & “Frog in the throat”, and I came across a lot of recipes with ginger.

 

I’m not really a fan of ginger, but I went searching for its benefits and it turned out to be a miraculous herb!

What is Ginger?

Ginger is the common name for Zingiber officinale, which was originally cultivated in China and now equally spread around the world.

Ginger is a herb but is often known as a spice, with a strong distinct flavor that can increase the production of saliva. The part that is used as spice on the plant itself is the rhizomes or ginger root. This ginger root is traditionally used with sweet foods in Western cuisine being included in popular recipes such as ginger ale, ginger snaps, gingerbread, ginger biscuits and ginger cake. It is also used in many countries as a medicinal ingredient which many believe in. Some say it can help cure diabetes, head aches, colds, fatigue, nausea and the flu when used in tea or food.

 

A bit of History 

Ginger was widely used by the ancient Romans and it was a very expensive spice, one pound of ginger was equivalent to the price of a whole sheep. Ginger almost became lost in history after the fall of the Roman empire but became popular again when Europe re-discovered it. Ginger has influenced the history of man since ancient China, wars were waged and entire dynasties rose and fell with the objective of seizing it. The trade of such spices were the root of the world’s economy for centuries.

 

5 Health benefits

1. Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment

Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu. Many people also find ginger to be helpful in the case of stomach flus or food poisoning, which is not surprising given the positive effects ginger has upon the digestive tract.

2. Migraine Relief
Research has shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.

3. Menstrual Cramp Relief
In Chinese medicine, ginger tea with brown sugar is used in the treatment of menstrual cramps.

4. Motion Sickness Remedy
Ginger has been shown to be an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness.

5. Reduces Pain and Inflammation
One study showed that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller.

 

3 ways to use Ginger:

1. Ginger & Herb Rice

Cook basmati rice. When you take the lid off the pan, quickly stir in finely chopped garlic, ginger, green chillies and fresh cilantro leaves—the burst of flavor and fragrance will drive your senses crazy with desire!

2. Ginger In Your Juice

‘Grate’ idea: grate some ginger root and put it in your juicer, along with carrots and apples and a little lemon juice. Totally yummy, and of course, so good for you!

3. Gingery Dessert

Even a smidgen of grated ginger on your vanilla pana cotta or strawberry sorbet can wake up the flavor!

 

Hope my post was useful and stay healthy!

 

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