Cecil Beaton and VOGUE

No one but Cecil Beaton could have cajoled so many beautiful dresses from so many fashionable women, and in doing so confer upon their owners a sort of immortality. That clothes one has worn should become a permanent acquisition of the Victoria and Albert Museum is an exceptional way of embalming the ego.As a portrait photographer Cecil Beaton has done wonders for women, bestowing mystery and magic upon fashionable faces, royal faces, theatrical faces; bestowing romantic beauty upon the asymmetrical eccentricities of the intelligentsia. One of his books, “The Glass of Fashion,” contains the most wittily evocative descriptions of clothes as they were worn, and the women who wore them, ever written in the English language. And in the same book he refers to fashion as “‘the triumph of the ephemeral.” For this V and A exhibition he has caught past ephemera in his butterfly net, and catalogued it for all time. Art and fashion

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Hands On With the New Apple Watch

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There’s a lot we don’t know about Apple Watch, the technology giant’s all-new wearable gadget announced Tuesday to great fanfare in Cupertino, Calif. How long will its battery last? How much will the toniest version cost? How exactly will it interface with the iPhone?

But, having gotten to wear and play with the device, one thing is for certain: The Apple Watch is a beautifully designed piece of technology with enormous potential. In fact, I’d say it’s the most exciting gadget since the iPad, from Apple or any other company.

The watch will come in two sizes, 1.5 inches (38 mm) and 1.65 inches (42 mm), and a surprisingly wide variety of colors and styles. Both sizes feel surprisingly light and solid. An Apple representative would not say how much the watch weighs exactly, but it seems lighter than Samsung’s Gear, which is about 60 grams.

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Bulgari reveals Le Gemme

This month sees the launch of Le Gemme from Bulgari, available exclusively at Harrods. Inspired by high jewellery, each fragrance in the six-piece collection represents six jewels. Ashlemah, the Amethyst, is shown in an iridescent violet-blue gem and the scent is created with lavender, iris and violet. Noorah, the Turquoise, contains notes of galbanum, cardamom, iris, benzoin, resin, tobacco and oak. Amarena, the Tourmaline, lies between vegetal and floral featuring mastic, galbanum, peppermint, bitter orange, and mandarin and orange leaves. Maravilla, the Citrine, uses notes of peach, jasmine, patchouli and vetiver acetate. Calaluna, the Moonstone, has an opaque and milky appearance containing notes of sandalwood, cardamom, and almond heliotrope. The EDPs cost £105 each for 30ml and £230 for 100ml.

R.I.P ROBIN WILLIAMS

Robin Williams has warmed our hearts, broadened our faces and drew tears to our eyes. Who knew such a humorous and vivacious character would leave us so soon. From his crazy, imaginative creation of Mork to the heart felt emotions of Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting and the exuberant and camp character of The Birdcage, He lit up the screen in every move and gesture. I could write all night about Robin’s talents or who he was to the public and my own opinion or the slight sadness that his face always expressed but theres nothing I will say that one does not already know. This man was solid in his achievements and his movies will go on to entertain us for generations to come. He truly was one of the greats. He will be sadly missed.

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Icons – by Sebastian Faena for Harper’s Bazaar US September 2014 Issue

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Icons – by Sebastian Faena for Harper’s Bazaar US September 2014

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Icons – by Sebastian Faena for Harper’s Bazaar US September 2014

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Icons – by Sebastian Faena for Harper’s Bazaar US September 2014

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NUDE SKINCARE

NUDE Skincare has revealed the launch of its Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash, launching September 8. The powder wash uses lemon, lime and acerola to brighten and a blend of enzymes to exfoliate whilst natural seeds of rose hip and vanilla smooth the skin. Cold pressed oils are diffused onto the powder using a process that allows each grain to become coated without clumping together, nourishing and hydrating the skin. Skin is left bright, smooth and radiant. RRP is £38.

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5 Reasons to Drink Coffee Before Your Workout

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Half of Americans start their day with coffee, and according to recent study, working out after downing a cup of java may offer a weight loss advantage. The Spanish study, published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, found that trained athletes who took in caffeine pre-exercise burned about 15% more calories for three hours post-exercise, compared to those who ingested a placebo. The dose that triggered the effect was 4.5 mg of caffeine per kilogram of body weight. For 150-pound woman (68 kg), that’s roughly 300 mg of caffeine, the amount in about 12 ounces of brewed coffee, a quantity you may already be sipping each morning.

If you’ve always thought of coffee as a vice—one you’re simply not willing to give up—you’ll be happy to know that it’s actually a secret superfood. And if you exercise, caffeine can offer even more functional benefits for…

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THE DOLPHIN WITH A HUMAN CONNECTION

I watched this documentary last night on BBC Channel 4. I must say I was genuinely moved. It is an astounding documentary  of a 1960’s scientist, a woman named Margret and a Dolphin called Peter. It really shows how animals are highly intelligent species and should be treated with the upmost respect. Take a look at the programs review by The Telegraph. Also check out the Woman and Dolphin website where you can here some of the original recordings made at the time of the experiment. I personally haven’t lessened to them yet for fear of it being to emotional (as crazy as it sounds). Maybe lessen first then watch the documentary if you can find the documentary online. You can probably get in on BBC catch up or see some videos on youtube. Such an amazing story, such a beautiful relationship yet such a sad ending.

NEW SUPERFOOD AND ORGANIC STORE

From Check out this new superfood Victoria Becham is taking and it helps control her super slim figure. Also the online store has a wide variety of healthy organic alternatives.  From detox to fitness products to organic lube and Dragons Blood cleansing gel this store is your one stop shop of health and well being.