Archive for July, 2011

July 22, 2011

Do you have an insatiable appetite for fashion and edgy photography? Then try calling in at “We The Urban Magazine”

We The Urban magazine issue 3

WeTheUrban issue 3

"… dedicated to everything related to culture, including: music, art, fashion, photography, and more…"

For the fashion industrious or the the strong of stomach and mind… 100% fashion proof. You have been warned.

My verdict?  Bring me tea, bring me lemons, bring me milk, bring me biscuits and cookies… and a plaster for my wrists and I’ll happily sit here curled up on my armchair clicking through all 248 pages.

What is amazing in my mind, is how they managed to sidle (slightly) away from the styles of other magazines – why veer so greatly away from something that already works so well? 

Its content contains a great variety of fashion styles, but the overall tone is still quite unanimous.  Mind you, they only established themselves in September 2009.  

I’ll sit back and wait for more… ^_^ .  Yummy.

July 17, 2011

Often have lots to blog about but sometimes feel print is too dry? Ever thought of emoticons? A brief outing of some of the icons I *heart* from Smiley Central’s extensive graphics.

On the verge of my tongue are the words, “I can’t believe what they can do at !?”  But, oh yeah, I am not their advertorial and *ahem* I have a *little* pride in being a bit up-to-date with what’s possible and what’s happening in the world of graphics, illustrations and animations.

So, my chosen words of final verdict?  I am very willing to allow what were once animated atrocities (but have now been transformed and improved into animated wunderkinds) greater and greater space in my online blogosphere. 

I just adore this kind of cuteness.  This is what I, in my mid-thirties, would roll-call as “definitely cute” and “definitively delightful to visually engage with on a glowing hi-resolution computer monitor in the beginnings of the 21st century”. 

Brilliant work.  Slap, slap and clap, clap to those who worked on these.  I’m hoping for more… you see, I’m not demanding at all… just reasonable and prone to *ahem* tantrums… *ahem*…


Maneki Neko

Maneki Neko




Butterfly watching

 butterfly watching




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Valentine candy

Valentine candy



Woman In Rollers

woman in rollers








Dolled Up

dolled up



Soda Cup 2

soda cup

Antique 1


Maneki Neko

Maneki Neko

July 14, 2011

Wanna know more specifics about women’s health? The details, details, details? Here it is on

Detailed enough to have you armed before you enter a doctor’s surgery, hospital or examination clinic for when the healthcare professionals have a report to tell you about your own health. Then *you’ll* be able to understand for yourself instead of passing the responsibility onto someone else. Yet makes the information accessible through providing background information in a very readable and digestible way.

There are a *few* illustrations and photos, but maybe not enough, depending on how you are with these things. However, the few illustrative choices that they do have are clear enough and of such a quality to allow the reader and researcher to visualize the topics being covered. I mean, gosh, how am I supposed to know what the insides of my breasts look like? And there are different diagrams for different needs.

Also the depth of the articles is beyond basic, it really gives you a feel that you could correspond with your doctor in a substantial patient-doctor relationship. It is *not* dry medical grade student knowledge. It feels in context and dynamic enough for people who have a life and that is how they got sick in the first place.

HOWEVER, there is a *lot* of information on there, I do suggest you use the search resource, whether it’s on their site or Google. To pinpoint what you need may be difficult, but then again it means its got resources you can swim in. Yah.

Just remember to use correct keywords for your search if you are being very specific about your needs, or just care to browse in your free time. Don’t be overwhelmed though. Take a deep breath first.

What has to say about breast health:

[ quoted from ]

The lymphatic system is an essential part of the immune system, which helps the body fight infections or cancers … Lymph nodes are usually present in clusters in the armpits, on either side of the neck, and in the groin … trap foreign materials … fluid absorbed by the lymphatic system passes through at least one lymph node before it returns to circulation … may become enlarged or swollen when they fight an infection … may feel tender or inflamed … Sometimes become visible as thin red lines known as lymphangitis … may also swell from the formation of an abscess (closed pocket filled with pus) in the nodes or if they contain cancer cells …Whether the lymph nodes contain cancer cells is an important factor when staging breast cancer, determining treatment, and predicting survival. Though breast cancer has the potential to spread to other regions of the body first, it most commonly spreads first to the axillary (underarm) lymph nodes. This is known as regional spread. From there, the breast cancer can metastasize (spread) systematically to other areas of the body (such as the bone, liver, lung, or brain).

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3D reconstructed heart
showing coronary arteries in red



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Coronary angiograph



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July 13, 2011

Got weight issues, got body hang-ups? Run to and DIY.


Sue Kyu presents:


“…many an existing diet method is wrong and ruins healthgood health is indispensable to be beautyEastern medicineincreases the natural healing capacity the body itself originally has. The acupressure diet isusing the acupressure-pointsand a healthy diet method for loosing weight simply and certainly by stimulating the acupressure pointsPlease practice this acupressure diet through this site (, and get healthy and beauty body!

I am tempted to be *sooo* lazy and just tell you to “go there, go there now… click Sue Kyu’s site link and go immediately!”.  But I won’t.  Else I’ll render this blog blurb rather pointless.

And I am disciplined enough to just draw in a deep breath, count to ten, compose myself and head on with my little snippet of a write-up.  *Phew*  yes, indeedy, I’ve got what it takes: a little extra discipline to get me through the unnecessarily, uncalled-for lazy times—my survival skills.

Thus I plough on:
I do feel the site is packed with great, clear instructions to try for yourself at home (and that includes me), hence the heaviness in covering it simply here. 
*Breathe in**Inhale*. 
Here I go.

A few things Ms Kyu covers briefly:
– reverse abdominal breathing
– meal diet plan
– over-eating
plus all the denoted acupressure lines (see column).

What does Ms Kyu have to convey about reverse abdominal breathing?

Well, she mentions it is a basic breathing method of qiqong, which intensifies the activity of the diaphragm, stomach, intestines and lungs.  It is a daily practice and focuses on the extreme contraction of the abdomen.  Read up for the details.

My additional tid-bit: yogic breathing advises full inhale followed by extended and prolonged exhaling.  This is to fully breathe out the stale air that lingers in some people.

Other cosmetic acupressure instructions by Ms Kyo include:

– cosmetics edition for skin
– rough dry skin
– hair loss
– swelling
– bad breath

She also covers ear acupressure points too.

My tid-bits: I’ve gone Western because these “ailments” or “conditions” are actually recognized symptoms associated with more serious illnesses and diseases e.g. hair loss is a significant concern in Western medicine, unless the doctor gives you the all-clear as nothing more than alopecia. 

I’m guessing acupressure is for those who have ingested a poor diet and living a less than full life.  That is, they are not able to consume all that they’ve taken in and there is a back-log or incorrect storage of lesser-quality goods in the body that need to be activated (i.e. not RE-activated, but activated), circulated, digested, assimilated, metabolised and purged.  That is, a form of detox.  Detoxing is complex because it depends on where in the process of digestion, assimilation and metabolising the goods are in.  Even catabolising is an issue. 

As much as there aren’t any side-effects with acupressure, it is always advisable to seek medical diagnosis just in case your ailment *really* is something to be cured rather than healed. 

Yes, I’m pro-hypochondriasis.

Western modern medicine wasn’t created, established, advanced, researched and developed without reasons and needs.

July 13, 2011

Love style, but often bemused and confused? are some of the people responsible for accessing and making further accessible the more enigmatic styles amongst us today.



Taken away by the opening photography on this website: 

This is my suit. And yours? is one street fashion website from Romania, launched in September 2009. The idea is the fashion and the style from the streets of Bucharest and elsewhere, captured by us – a team of 5 people who care for the extremes in street fashion and continuously look for outstanding people with remarkable outfits.

Their work is not featured, not commissioned, not sponsored but they work with brands such as ELLE USA, Puma, Fossil, ASOS USA, Swarovski and more.

That means, I’m guessing, which should  be right, they are considered to have their own flair, their own additions and add-value when it comes to capturing imageries of style.  If you’re part of the crew who worry about being brainwashed by all-encompassing advertising and glossy magazine editorials then these are some of the people behind it all. 

I truly recognise the work and what makes it even more amazing is that they are able to shift their work in certain directions to allow for followers and copy-cats who distribute the work further.  That is, I’m sure Thisismysuit are continuously dynamic when it comes to edging their way forwards.  They take you on for a style ride that is a joy to follow.

Their blogroll is also of an instant breath-taking nature, but actually they’ve turned it into something digestible, something a kinder to a walk in a lovely enigmatic garden.  THx.

July 13, 2011

Think parenting blogs are a good idea? Good. But remember, “everyone has their own way”. Well, at first glance I’m agreeing with “Daddy’s Timeout”.

 DaddysTimeout on wordpress

Amemoir on parenting, frequently punctuated by movie reviews”.


DaddysTimeout on
“Horrible Bosses”
There’s an inversion of the American dream that happens more often than we’d like. We’re supposed to be able to work hard and, as our reward, we’re supposed to live in increasing comfort as we steadily climb the corporate ladder ‘Horrible Bosses’ provides a catharsis it’s oddly raunchy for a movie about killing your boss Now, the script doesn’t qualify as smart, per se. But it does reward the audience for their suspension of disbelief with a good dose of fun However, what really redeemed this movie for me is the cast (of Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day)

His recent posts:
|Faith and Harry Potter|Secure Daughters, Confident Sons|Questions “Cars 3” will have to answer ‖‖ Cars 2|My son tells a story|On having a daughter… one year later|Things to do with your toddler|

Julio Ibanez’s recent review (see column) of the film “Horrible Bosses” caught my eye and mind.

Ok, so the reviews  introduce his taste buds.  But I became more interested in his parenting posts.  I am not a parent, but somehow they brought back a bit of nostalgia for me.  I either started to recall, remember or day dream about certain aspects of childhood.  E.g. his posting entitled “On having a daughter… one year later” reminded me of one of my roles in life (a never-ending one at that: I started a daughter and will always be one) and how that kind of thing impacts a daughter’s relationship with her mother. 

It made me recall how a husband and wife only make a superb pairing if they are at least equal of each other.  That means that my father has still got much to learn about caring for my mother.  I’m sure love has yet to occur with them—btw, they’ve been married almost 40 years and have four children and six grandchildren between them.  It’s as if my parent’s love bond (forget the marital bond, that’s already been worked on) has had to be put on hold. 

I’m hoping that the less I start to need my father and mother as father and mother, the more TRUE independence I will be coming into as a person, an adult.  A true young woman of the world.  Thus, my father can then re-direct that love (that I’m using up) into a husband’s love for his wife.  Yes, a daughter does need all that… and more.  I would agree we are difficult to raise.  For sure we’re all princesses inside… no joke.  Dear Father, I hope you stumble upon this someday in the not too distant future.

Back to “Daddy’s Tiimeout” blog—Because of Ivan Ibanez’s showcase of his preferences and mentality, I’m more willing to sit and peruse his ideas, thoughts and perspectives on parenting.  We all know how polluted it is out there: different cultures, races, socio-economic groups, demographics, situations in life, the ups and downs… argh!  Can’t even pick the right parenting blog…

So thus: I’m sometimes reading for nostalgia and thought-processing of my own childhood—now I’m wondering whether I should call it a girlhood.  What say someone like Mr Ibanez?  A girlhood vs boyhood vs childhood?

July 12, 2011

Love the way photographers can re-interpret what they see? Read TheSartorialist.

photo of the day
on blogspot

It’s tagline is: “selected as one of Time Magazine’s Top 100 design influencers”.

Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist writes,

I started The Sartorialist simply to share photos of people that I saw on the streets of New York that I thought looked great. When I worked in the fashion industry (15 years), I always felt that there was a disconnect between what I was selling in the showroom and what I was seeing real people (really cool people) wearing in real life
Rarely do they (designers) look at the whole outfit as a yes or no but they try and look for the abstract concepts of color, proportion, pattern mixing or mixed genres everyday people have been inspired to see themselves and others in a new and usually more accepting way.

Browsing and reading the blog is really quite refreshing. It is possible it’s because I’ve been reading female writers and their perspectives and reporting on fashion and style for all my life. I mean all. Yes, really *all* my life up until now. I rarely read male perspectives. However, over the last few years I’d been bumping into more and more male fashion/style writing in editorial magazines of the English broadsheet newspapers; but there wasn’t enough of a certain calibre to keep me going.

The Sartorialist is different in this genre because it really is written off-the-cuff from someone who has (in my eyes) good personal opinions. For example a snippet of the write-up that accompanies the photo of the day (see photo) is:

I love the simple urban explorer feel is perfection in its stealth measurably more refined by its juxtaposition with the rugged grooming It is such an art to be well-groomed but not manscaped. This is one of the best examples I’ve seen in a while.

And I guess that is what I like about The Sartorialist: it gives me another eye-sight.  Yes it is sexist, but I like it because I, and many other female fashion and style-lovers, would not have noticed this man on the street, for it really is stealth male style.  But I’m sure we’d fall for it!  Thanks for pointing it out. 

It is one of those styles that you will know when it is missing, but will not be able to pin-point to retrieve it.  Yet it is also discreet enough to be worn by many in the same place… but be warned, it’s not so easy to carry.  If it’s not for you, it’s not for you.  It only looks discreet and stealth because it so becomes and befits the man wearing it.  That, ultimately, is the key to good grooming.

July 12, 2011

Like getting creative but stuck in your own thoughts and tastes to become far too personal and repetitive? Loving Julie Andersen’s “Inspiration Lab”… thanks!

Inspiration Lab--Julie Katrine Andersen
Inspiration Lab

Julie K Andersen-design work

Ms Andersen’s own work published online at MyAnimalFarm

Julie Katrine Andersen is a graphic designer and associate professor of media and journalism whose aim with Inspiration Lab is to inspire both my students and professional designers by paying tribute to all the amazingly talented people out there.

I’m loving her professional taste… nice selection of solid design work from people who have the flair but are also willing to put in the effort to be combined of technical brilliance and disciplined in personal, subjective taste.

July 12, 2011

Love reading science, but in context and with relevance to your life? I’m liking

virginia hughes

Quite enthralled by

She is a “a freelance science writer. That means I: read a lot of journal articles, interview a lot of scientists, visit labs, travel to scientific conferences, and write news and feature stories in my pajamas”.

Most recent posts that struck me:

  • “What do you get when you put a terrorist inside of a brain scanner?”
  • “Autism as alibi”
  • “The stuff of hot” – about chilli peppers

I love reading such articles and snippets inside women’s magazines like MarieClaire, so I’m loving the appearance of such science writers in the blogosphere.

July 12, 2011

I *love* seeing great style on the streets being captured by equally great photography… enjoying FaceHunter.


facehunter on blogspot

For some great style on the streets, Yvan Rodic is your man…“a man out and about in london and beyond: eye candy for the style hungry”.

[ quoted from facehunter’s blog ]

Mr Rodic also known as Face Hunter was born in Vevey, a French-speaking part of Switzerland. He underwent copy writing stints for Leo Burnett and Saatchi & Saatchi in Geneva, Brussels and Paris. Being a born trend-spotter with a natural eye for photography, (started) snapping pictures of people at art events in his then home, Paris. In February 2006, almost casually, he began posting the results online: and just like that, Face Hunter was born.

Enjoy the way he captures these stylistas’ flair for the classic, the bold, the contemporary and the vintage all with a modern interpretation.  His camera work and presentation skills all capture them in the essence of the now without feeling abstract nor surreal.

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