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…We are not going to talk about porn today …just alcohol :)…and to be more precise:  WHISK(E)Y !

The show Mad Men revived the interest for the mid-century lifestyle. Among other trends, the famous TV show inspired a renewed interest for whiskey.

I was always fascinated with whiskey, along with wine and brandy, some types of uisge beatha (water of life) are very aromatic and complex.

In the 90’s Dot.com era, the coolest place to work was considered the one that had a Ping-Pong table and a skateboard cave. Now for young professionals, a  “dream place to work” is considered an office with a wet bar, a silver tray and crystal glasses. (Google and Facebook Headquarters should take a note.)

The reason it is better to drink while at work is that whiskey does not severely impact cognitive abilities; versus lets say Tequila or vodka! …For that reason, it is Vladimir Putin’s favorite drink and has become uber-popular in Russia.

There are some misconceptions though about whiskey.

#1 It is a man’s drink…

Being a firefighter might only be for men, but whiskey…no…women can handle it perfectly 🙂

#2  It is good on the rocks…

It looks good on the rocks!.. but a good complex whiskey would lose its aroma with the ice. The only additive should be a few drops of water; preferably bottled spring water from Scotland.

I am curious, would you vote for being able to have a glass of scotch at work?

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Pippi Longstocking

I was so happy to be reminded by Sonja Durand of Pippi Longstocking yesterday!

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She is one of my favorite heroes!

It is a super cute story about the red-haired, freckle-faced Pippi Longstocking, I’m sure many of you remember her!

A lucky little girl ,who lives with a horse and a monkey at the edge of a Swedish village. She has upside-down braids and no parents to tell her what to do!

She is a female version of a Peter Pan, who does not want to grow up!

I wonder if that desire to stay forever 12 lives deep inside everyone?

Would you want to go back and stay as a child all your life?

Your inner SuperHERO!

Recently, I was at an event where to” break the ice” and introduce yourself you needed to name your Fantasy Inner Superhero and explain why you chose that person…

My first impulse was to choose Trinity from Matrix, Catwoman or Lara Croft…and the reason?..Their costumes of course!

…but on second thought: I have realized that Matrix is so 1999 with very minimalist fashion!…actually all 3 of them are!..It is 2013. We NEED more color! 

So I had to draw a new 2013 Inner Superhero! (Added bonus:have full creative control and can change it  at any time 🙂

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Do you have an Inner Superhero?

Spring!

Spring seems to be having an on and off relationship with LA this year, can’t wait for the ON part..

…but today was one of those surprisingly nice spring days where wind and sun were in perfect balance with each other. No power plays today…

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For a  leisurely stroll, of course I overreact and wear a coat, but a little walk feels great when you’re draped in warmth… My “walking bonus” was seeing the nature in bloom… a highly refreshing scene!

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springspring…and the gorgeous Sunset

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Morning News!

I feel all these modern devises start to complicate my life instead of simplifying it!

…For example, when I want to read the morning paper on the iPad, while I’m there, a thought comes that I haven’t checked my Facebook page for more than an hour!…then somebody posts a funny link and I end up watching  “Funny or Die” YouTube videos making fun of recent sorority email. Instead of reading about the new developments in North Korea, I find  myself watching Dolce and Gabbana perfume ads…..

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Serious ADD case!…SO I  just went and bought :Real, Nice,Smelly, Old Fashioned Newspapers!

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…Finally, Morning News that I will get to enjoy!

Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and 90’s Fashion

It was a girls’ movie night and me and my girlfriend found a film on Netflix that was really hard to resist,

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What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), none of us saw it before! But the magical combination of Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp made it hard to resist for too long! As a bonus, it was directed by Alan Parker!

90’s fashion is so important now, and this was a great film to get inspired!…Acid washed jeans, over-sized denim jackets, cotton flat Mary Jane’s , John Deer hats, plaid shirts tied at the waist!…We had a blast!

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I should not forget to say that it was a brilliant story, which showed the most beautiful relationships, love and care in the most unlikely circumstances …a bit moody, romantic, funny and heart warming all at the same time.

images MV5BMTQ0NjYzNTI1MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjQzNTY3Mw@@._V1._SX640_SY943_I speculate that Johnny Depp sleeps in the fridge and that’s why he doesn’t age. Leonardo DiCaprio was only 13 in the movie and aged in the most graceful way since then, and it made me put Great Gatsby on my Next Movie to Watch list!

…Do you have a favorite 90’s movie, especially one with great 90’s fashion?

Lucky number 13?

Random discovery at a random time…
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I was on the phone with my friend Jane, having a heated discussion about the phobia trends.

My argument was that phobias follow fashion as well: in the old days probably the most common phobias were of wolves, tigers, lions, when people would hide in caves and seek shelter from those “beasts”…

At some point people were afraid of witches. They would hunt and set them on fire whenever they could…then of course the famous: “fear of public speakingespecially naked (as it was shown in SHREK ☺).

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…that one I still can’t understand, why it is the most popular one?…Does everybody have to give a naked speech at some point of their life?

…anyways…we came to the point where I was arguing that the most outdated one is the Triskaidekaphobia: fear of number 13!
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I said that there is no one left on this planet to have such a fear, so unfashionable, outdated and totally useless…

I had to stop my talk half-way… and look at my elevator’s floor numbers…there was NO number 13!!!!….

I’ve never noticed it before!…apparently I don’t live on the 13th floor and never had to use it!...In this day and age!…
I was shocked and had to look it up. OTIS Elevator Company states that 85% of the high-rise buildings omit number 13!

…In a way it was cute and sentimental…but I wonder if there are numbers you omit in your daily life ,just based on superstitions and has it ever proven to have some value?

Last Pharaohs’ Secret

History has plenty of lessons that we can learn from and use in our daily life. One of them comes from the Cleopatra bath.

After getting plenty of vitamin D under the sun, the only thing left to do is to take a nice, long bath to restore the moisture to skin.

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Tom Ford said in one of his recent interviews that he takes up to 5 baths a day. He added that it is the best way to cope with stress…I trust him! With 5 baths a day! What stress?

…Well, in my daily life there is hardly enough time for one long bath, so I am always trying to find ways to “maximize the benefits” of that bath! …

One of the ways is to indulge in the “Cleopatra Bath.” This is a heavenly combination of milk and honey that is perfect for moisturizing the skin.

Famous pharaohs’ recipe is: 1 gallon of milk and a cup of honey added to the bath.

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I just add sunglasses to protect my eyes from bright light and tons and tons of bubbles!

Wish you a good bath as well!

Evelina GalliXOXO

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