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What Does Organic Really Mean?

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By Jessica Sepel
@jshealth

In Australia, the Australian Certified Organic ‘BUD’ logo is a great way to check whether the product you’re buying is, in fact, organic. If you see this logo on a product you’re buying, it means it’s met the requirements of the Australian Certified Organic standard.

Choosing organic produce where and when you can means that you’re making a decision that helps support the soil, animal, plants, people and the environment we live in on a day-to-day basis. The more chemicals we spray on our soil, the more chemicals that can end up in our food and water supply, and potentially in our bodies.

The ‘Dirty Dozen’ is a list of fruit and vegetables that are the best investments when it comes to choosing organic. In other words, if you’re shopping on a budget and want to know the best foods to prioritise when choosing between organic and non-organic, I think these are the ones to pick. I also choose to buy organic dairy, chicken and red meat.

– Apples
– Celery
– Grapes
– Peaches
– Blueberries
– Potato
– Spinach
– Nectarines
– Capsicum
– Strawberries
– Lettuce
– Cucumber

Eating organic is an investment in your health – you’re helping to avoid eating unnecessary chemicals.

From Paris With Love

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I swore that I was done with dating. With my schedule, it’s almost impossible to keep even the best relationship going, no matter how hard I try. I mean there are so many things that can go wrong. If the fact that I travel all of the time doesn’t make it hard enough, the endless amount of man candy around doesn’t help either (especially when the guys are interested in me)…

With the first boyfriend I had as a model, we had a plan. We would talk on the phone at least every other day. I would send him text messages from the shoot, and snap pictures whenever I had a chance. It was working out well until I got really popular. My boyfriend started seeing my pictures everywhere- sometimes even, with male models.

He basically started overreacting. I wasn’t doing anything wrong, but he had such a problem …

“I saw you with that guy at the shoot,” I remember him saying over the phone one day. He said it calmly, but there was a certain edge to his voice.

“Do you mean that advertisement I did for the jewellery company?” I knew exactly what photo he was talking about. It was one of me in lingerie embracing a topless male model.

“I don’t know. I just saw you in your underwear with some naked guy. I thought you weren’t trying to be in Playboy.”

I couldn’t believe how he was talking. We had talked about it before I left for Europe — how I would probably have to shoot with guys — and he said he was cool. Now he was doing exactly what I was afraid he would do, he was getting jealous.

Needless to say, that relationship didn’t last very long after that. By the time I was back home, he wasn’t returning my calls, had changed his Facebook status, and was posting pictures with other girls. I guess he figured it wasn’t going to hurt me since I was a model and all, but it did. I cried at night.

So when I met my new guy, I was naturally afraid to go anywhere with it. These things never work out.

When I explained it to him, he was sensitive to my worries.

“Babe, so what if we don’t work out. I’m willing to take that risk and enjoy it while it lasts.”

How can you argue with that?

10 Ways to Fight The Flu

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By Jessica Sepel – The Healthy Life
@jshealth

Don’t wait until you’re feeling under the weather to fight the flu – these tips will keep your immunity and energy up to keep you healthy all season long.

1. Eat a well-balanced diet. Be sure to include plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, fish, eggs, legumes and lean red meat.

2. Vitamin C. Daily around 2g/day, but if you feel the flu coming – increase to 4g/day + 30-50mg zinc. Go hard with these!

3. Good quality fish oil. Take 2-4g daily (EPA/DHA).

4. High strength probiotic (or two!) Take this daily – before breakfast and before bed.

5. Reduce mucous-forming foods. Decrease your intake of foods such as dairy, sugar and refined foods.

6. Cut back on alcohol. Limit your consumption, especially if you feel sickness coming on.

7. Hydrate with plenty of water. Drink at least 2 litres of filtered water every day.

8. And with herbal tea. Drink some delicious herbal teas: homemade lemon ginger and peppermint are ideal. They’re great immune boosting drinks.

9. Prioritize rest. Get a good night’s sleep and take time to rest and relax. 8 hours of sleep is a must..

10. Go into the stress free zone. Have at least 10 minutes of solitude and time away from demands – daily, no exception!

 

How Visual Arts Has Affected Fashion

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By Calynn M. Lawrence
@fairytalefacesbycalynn

Many people feel that fashion is considered to be in its own separate category from other creative fields, some believe it does not suit the category of being an art. If anything though, art is the epitome of what fashion is..and here’s why!

Fashion holds a valid claim to status as an art. Beautiful couture gowns have such intricate design that they require a very imaginative mind. The idea of physically constructing a garment requires trained craftiness. That’s not even to mention that many designers incorporate a creative use of materials in their works. That’s not even to mention the fact that many times, fashion trends have correlated with trends circulating in visual arts.

Many people fail to view fashion as an art form because of its commercialism. The fact that many clothing lines are mass produced for the consumer market and made to seem superficial negates the authenticity in the eyes of some artists. However, that is not true! The perceived vanity associated with fashion can be found in visual arts as well. The same way that the name on a label or style of dress seems to dictate social status, conformity or rebellion, the same can be said about one’s choice of art work. Are there not many artists known for going against the societal norms with satire, striking images etc? Are there not visual artists who are known for their more trendy works that follow the times?

The same way that a fashionista might spend thousands of dollars on a one of a kind ensemble from a noted designer, an art collector could easily spend the same amount on a piece from a deceased artist that is seen as invaluable. Is the same “shallowness” not present in both situations? So, why is fashion considered any different? It shouldn’t be.

The common thread between the two is that both fields encourage expression. Visual artists may convey their message or thoughts through a canvas and a brush, whereas fashion designers might do so in a garment. Is it not the same in both situations? Although the medium might be different, they both have the ability to accomplish the same goal. Both utilize texture, color, style etc to portray an idea.

The fact of the matter is this: Although fashion may be executed differently than other types of art. It should indeed still be considered as an art.

The New Normal or Passing Strange

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By Kristopher Fraser

At some point in the second decade of the twenty-first century the young, fabulous, and broke (or just cheap) crowd brought about a new subculture in fashion: normcore. In late 2013, K-Hole, a trend forecasting group, cited normcore as a trend in their report “Youth Mode: A Report on Freedom.” The desire to look like one just rolled out of bed, or as if one was a college student who woke up five minutes before class started, was started because the styling and clothing choices of the fashion elite left them feeling pretentious and disconnected.

Normcore in itself does have an heir of snobbery to it, in a sense it is almost mocking those aren’t associated with the fashion elite. That young lady on the streets of Bushwick trying to look like she doesn’t care what he looks like doesn’t know the true struggle of rushing to put on a lumpy sweater and sweatpants to drive four kids to soccer practice. The precise moment at which normcore began to explode on the fashion scene can be traced to sometime around the year 2013.

In a spread for Vogue Paris Edie Campbell slipped into a pair of Céline sandals that were identical to Birkenstocks. Around the same time, the “enduring appeal of Patagonia fleece” on the runways was noted by T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Normcore was really taking the care for minimalism, to say the least. It was about the most casual human form, rebelling against traditional elite fashion conventions, and looking like the everyman or everywoman.

It should come as no surprise that those leading the normcore pack are Western millennials and tech geeks who have a traditionally downplayed sense of style regardless. However, once celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow started embracing the normcore trend it was easy to see how this movement became so big. In a March 2014 with People StyleWatch, Paltrow stated that she had a uniform of sandals and overalls planned for the entirety of her vacation.

The public is finally seeing looks by celebrities and on the runway that are readily available in their closets (even if their hooded sweatshirts and sweatpants don’t bare the designer labels.) Of course someone should remind these rebels that a pair of sweatpants won’t automatically place you outside the fashion elite (especially if that Lanvin label happens to slip out during your dash to the subway.) Like all terrible things in fashion (bell-bottoms and side cut-out dresses anyone?) normcore will eventually come to an end.

For a brief moment it may have seemed like normcore could have had some staying power when Craig McDean shot a normcore photo shoot styled by Edward Enninful for W magazine in July, but, in a spread in a high fashion magazine featuring Stella McCartney dresses and Nike shoes most of those readers will be aspiring for the Stella McCartney dress. On the other hand, there is the argument that normcore is not a real fashion trend, but, rather, a sociological attitude toward fashion.

In February 2014, New York magazine published Normcore: Fashion for Those Who Realize They’re One in 7 Billion. Fiona Duncan, the author of this piece, referred to normcore as “the kind of dad-brand non-style you might have once associated with Jerry Seinfeld, but transposed on a Cooper Union student with William Gibson glasses.” On the other hand, we have those in the fashion world who shun normcore, like fashion editor Alexa Chung.

Chung has been famous for sporting sneakers at the front rows of fashion week, and was quoted by Grazia magazine saying that she found the categorizing of what’s long been part of her personal style as a trend, “the most offensive thing.” For her it’s an, “I just exist” thing, and she is not buying into any trends. Normcore may not have staying power on the runways, like all trends it shall come to an end, but, while you are out on the streets of Williamsburg there will forever be that kid who is trying so hard to look effortless you’ll confuse them for a suburban mom or dad, or a rushed college student on their way to class.