International Women's day was introduced in the 1900's and is still being celebrated all over the world.
Numerous countries hold a national holiday on this day and men all over the globe celebrate the women in their lives by honouring them with gifts or bunches of flowers!
International Women's day is celebrated on the 8th of March each year and hundreds of events are organised all over the world to make this date a day of celebration and inspiration for the world's women.
However women are still fighting for equality in a man's world and although great progress has been made in many western countries since the 1900's, women are still paid less , have fewer representatives in business, science and politics and are still fighting for basic human rights and freedom in many counties around the world. This year has opened up a new era with the shift of opinion following the " times up " and " #Me too" movements . Hollywood stars have spoken out about sexual misconduct in the work place and women all over the globe are not only celebrating today, but are out on the streets marching and protesting against global inequality.
Reviewing "Fabulous Prime"
What are primers ?
Primers are fairly new products that have recently been introduced into makeup ranges to camouflage common signs of ageing. Primers smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and fill open pores, giving the skin a smoother, silkier, younger feel and look.
How to apply "Fabulous Prime"
Fabulous Prime is a primer specifically made for the face. Apply after the application of your moisturiser (make sure you leave a few minutes for your moisturiser to soak in) and before the application of your foundation. Start by putting a small amount on your finger tips and lightly apply moving from the centre of your face, using upwards and outwards movements.
There is an excellent tutorial on youtube that actually shows you how to apply this product.
Feel good after fifty's product review:
This product is rather amazing. It looks invisible and feels like silk. It instantly changed the feel of my skin when I applied it. It smoothed on incredibly easily and my fine lines and wrinkles were instantly diminished. It really did make me look younger! It was really hot when I was applying my makeup and after applying foundation on top of the fabulous prime I needed to dab my face with a dry tissue to cool off, the primer held the makeup in place, and the tissue was practically spotless. I had a really nice matt finish to my makeup which looked beautifully natural. I asked my husband what he thought as he really doesn't like heavy makeup and I had his enthusiastic seal of approval too!
As winter draws to an end, it's typically a time of year when you feel tired, run down, lacking in energy and even depressed. Here are a few ideas to re-energise and bring positive vibrations back into your day!
Celebrate Valentines Day!
Don't let February 14th slip by without a celebration. Spread the love, serve a pink dinner, drink pink champagne or simply show someone you love them. However you choose to celebrate it's a great excuse for a bit of fun! ©
Welcome the Chinese New Year!
February 2014 marks the beginning of the Chinese year of the Wooden Horse. Traditionally the Chinese celebrate this time of year by eating fish because the Chinese word for fish sounds like their word for laughter. The food served represents positive aspects of Chinese life, for example sticky rice represents relationships and togetherness. It is a time for settling debts, clearing out and generally getting ones life in order to start the new year in a positive frame of mind. It's another great excuse to get motivated and celebrate! ©
Exercise & feel better!
One of the best ways to re-energise is by becoming more active. This can be as simple as finding time to take a brisk walk preferably in a beautiful, natural environment, or alternatively it could be a catalyst to try something completely new.
Water sports can be particularly invigorating, producing a real "feel-good factor." Aqua bike or Water Spinning is the latest craze, burning around 800 calories per session. ©
An interesting event takes place in St Tropez each Autumn!
In the southern French fishing village of St Tropez, made famous in the 1960's by the movie star Bridget Bardot, there is a yearly event at the end of October worth knowing about.
The "Braderie de St Tropez" which translates as the "Sale" is a fabulous event in which the entire village is involved. Hundreds of bargains can be found, with items for sale ranging from well know designer brands to profit share schemes and local talents.
Read More on the sale, the village, Melissa shoes and sustainable development . Where St Paulo meets St Tropez
African Fabric or Dutch Wax Print:
A brief history:
It is fascinating that the stunning fabrics sold in West Africa and worn across the African continent were originally manufactured in Java by the Dutch, then later in Holland and England.
The fabric is often referred to as “Dutch wax Print” and the inspiration behind the technique is batik-dyeing (a technique involving dripping hot wax onto cotton before dyeing it) originating from Indonesia.
Wax cloth is an industrialised imitation of the Batik technique.
Once completed the printed fabric was taken to Africa and sold.
Initially Dutch Wax Print designs were inspired by nature, however during the 20th century, the designs became more representative of the African culture and the prints began to tell
stories that related to African communities. Portraits of important political personalities were added and later the prints were given names.
These days the Dutch Wax fabric is still produced in Holland, England, Ghana, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast.
Recently China has started to produce wax print fabric but this is regarded as an inferior quality and does not have the same status as the other fabrics.
The beautiful fabrics made by Vilsco and Woodin are regarded as the "Haute couture of African fabric and design.
The stories the fabric tells:
The textile designs on wax fabric are interwoven with meanings. They tell a story, convey metaphors or well-known African proverbs.
They tell tales of the trials and tribulations of women, including their love life, home life and children. An example of this is the Togolese design called “Wounded heart” Some are inspired by nature, depicting flowers, animals, insects, birds and trees.
Many motifs such as corkscrews tell tails of power in the context of modernisation and development, discussing the pros and cons of the modern, technological world. This can be seen particularly by the inclusion of televisions and computers in the designs. Others provide a visual dialogue, depicting musical instruments, and rhythm. The sound of African drums steadily beating through the design.
When beads are included in a design, it is representative of the African saying “Precious beads make no sound”. This can be transcribed as meaning a successful person shouldn’t blow their own trumpet! In other words don’t boast about your achievements!
Certain designs such as the dice motif represent noble status within the community and senior woman are often seen wearing this traditional print.
Colours have important implications and signification and can be representative of a particular province or region. Some combinations of colours belong to individual tribes.
Ochre is generally used to represent the earth.
Some fabrics are worn as uniforms to show that people belong to a certain group, church or club.
Nüshu script is an ancient form of simplified Chinese that illiterate women used to communicate with each other in the early nineteenth century in the Provence of Hunan. The literal translation of the word Nüshu is "Women's writing".
The intricate characters of this phonetic language were woven painstakingly into hand fans which were then beautifully decorated and sent from one house to another as a way of communication. This enabled secret messages to be passed at a time when women were incapacitated with bound feet and deprived of the freedom to move around independently.
Nüshu script and the secret language of hand fans is an example of the ingenuity that develops when people are repressed, and shows us how historically, textile design has been used as a means of communication.
A brief history
The Pareo consists of a square of beautifully decorated material usually made of fine cotton.
It’s is an invaluable item to include in your beach bag, and even if you're not a beach person it can be a wonderful multi purpose item to put in your suitcase when traveling.
Little information is documented on its origins but it's generally believed to have originated in Tahiti and Polynesia.
The word “Pareo” is a Tahitian word that translates as “wrap- around -skirt”. The Pareo was worn by women whilst men had their own traditional dress such as loin cloths.
The designs, which were originally hand printed, are inspired from nature, particularly flowers such as the Hibiscus with its exquisitely formed flowers and dazzling bright colours.
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