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BOSTON City of knowledge and fun! Boston is located in New England, in the northeastern part of the USA. It was one of the first cities created by the puritans. Boston is very special because of its historical heritage and its inhabitants. Greater Boston is home to some of the most famous universities such as Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Boston is an energetic and youthful town where you will have a great time. Its Irish Pubs and Italian communities help keep a good mood even during the long and cold winter months thanks to their good food and drinks Beacon Hill Beacon Hill is a historical neighborhood. Small by size, its culture and choice of stores are large and unique. While strolling down the roads you will discover red brick buildings, antique stores, museums, monuments and small coffee shops. Beacon Hill also welcomes Boston Common, which is a park located near downtown. Each season has its handful of activities. In the winter an outdoor ice rink is installed, and in spring and summer different trees and flowers bloom making it very colorful and beautiful; never leave without talking a walk through it and taking some pictures, your best photos will come from there. Back Bay Back Bay has plenty of spots to visit like Copley Square and its ancient church and public library. You can also go to the Prudential Center which is a very modern mall with fancy stores. Do not miss Newberry Street, which is a renovated street, home of artists and trendy stores. Walk around Commonwealth Avenue and look at the beautiful red bricks residential buildings. Faneuil Hall Faneuil Hall is a very old market that has been reconverted into a mall with many stores and restaurants. You can find good deals in this area particularly in Downtown Crossing. You will also enjoy outdoor shows. When you get to the Harbor, sit on a bench and relax while watching the boats. Harvard Square Harvard Square is located in Cambridge, a city near Boston that can easily be reached by train; this train is called the T and it is one of the oldest rail systems in North America. You will be able to walk around Harvard’s Campus and discover the architecture and the park. Outside the university you will find lots of stores, coffee shops and restaurants. It is a very vibrant and cosmopolitan place.
The tip corner - Go watch a Red Sox baseball game in Fenway Park. Bostonians are big supporters of their team. Their enemies are the New York Yankees. If you watch a game you will have a very intense experience! - Walk around Chinatown and eat in one of the numerous restaurants. You will also find many beauty salons where the manicures and pedicures are very cheap. - If you like Italian culture and food don’t miss the North End. - Unlike many other American cities, Boston has excellent public transportation. To save time and money, do not hesitate to ride the T. - Rollerblade along the river. - Take a bus from Chinatown to the Mohegan Sun Casino. If you go for a Roundtrip the same day it will cost you less than 20 dollars. Some companies give you $50 to bet and a $20 to eat. You will have access to “All-you-can-eat” buffets that you won’t regret. Don’t miss this getaway (http://www.gotobus.com/sunshine/boston_mohegansuntour/) Advertisers! You Should be On this page contact us for pricesAdvertisers! You Should be On this page contact us for prices THE MUST HAVE FOR A COZY DAY AT HOME Winter is here and it is too cold to get out. You want to stay home? Here is what you need for a good day! $33: Northpoint Cuddly Regal Microsherpa Throw $35: Scrabble Board Game $5: Ghirardelli Chocolate Premium Hot Cocoa Mix, Double Chocolate $32: The Twilight Saga White Collection $21: Bella Cucina 13465 Cupcake Maker by Sensio Bella Cucina $12: Adele 21 $18: Darice 80-Piece Deluxe Art Set $19: Spa-Therapy Kit Relax by Plantlife $27: Movie Avatar $10: Emerson MM205 Plug N Sing Handheld Karaoke Microphone w/30 Songs $5: VH Apparel - Kissables Lavender & Aloe Infused Chenille Socks A DAY WITH A MOTION CAPTURE SPECIALIST DARNELL WILLIAMS For this month Modelixir decided to meet someone with a unique technical background. If you are passionate with computers, technologies and arts this is a job you might want to consider. Darnell Williams is a motion capture specialist and an instructor of 3D animation at Otis Design School in Los Angeles. He spent some time with us to help us understand what a motion capture specialist is and how he got there. Have you ever seen the behind the scenes DVD material of films like Avatar or Lord of the Rings, when they show the actors with markers and a 3D representation on a computer? This is what a motion capture specialist does. Darnell describes it as being “a digital artist that focuses on real time performance capture and display”. By placing markers on the actors, data is acquired from an arrangement of high speed cameras surrounding the performance area and converted into a 3D skeletal data that a computer animator can apply to a 3D character to make him as real as possible. It makes the whole computer graphics production much faster and accurate. Darnell William studied graphic design and became an Art Director. He has been involved in a lot of projects for major companies such as Disney Imagineering, ShowTime, Universal, Sony etc. He is also the owner of an animation boutique in Venice, California called Elektrashock. He explains, “I’ve always enjoyed art and technology, so it was a natural progression to go from a traditional art to the digital realm.” He admits, “To develop from a static designer to an animator/ director was challenging. Computer graphics is very time intensive and it’s difficult to do it all and do it well.” But Darnell
does do it all and he was involved with James Cameron to develop Hollywood’s first mocap (motion capture) stage. On a typical day, Darnell uses a lot of different software: Maya and Motionbuilder for 3D character animation, Crysis, UDK, and Unity when focusing on displaying real time assets. If he is producing a shoot, he will have to setup the motion capture system (stage, green screen and optical motion capture systems) several days or hours before the actual shoot. He considers himself a generalist, he says “I’m experienced in wide variety of applications and am always learning more”. When we asked him which movie he would have liked to work on he said Blade Runner (famous movie from the 80’s by Ridley Scott with Harrison Ford). This movie’s futuristic design influenced the Sci-Fi movies and a lot of more recent movie. Some call it a cult movie in the industry! A Motion Capture Specialist is a very important position in today’s entertainment world. Darnell Williams put this beautifully; he said “consider it as another tool in a digital arsenal to bring your personal vision to life.” Modelixir is very thankful for this day with Darnell and hopes that some of our readers will follow his path! The Modelixir Universe A revolution is on the way You are a model, a photographer, a makeup or hair stylist, a designer, a wardrobe artist etc.... We will change your lives BE PART OF THE ARTS Interview Of A ... Newborn Photographer Brooklyn Eller Brooklyn Eller, a photographer from Australia, is such a positive person. She loves pizza with cheese, she loves chocolate, she loves water and above all this she loves her family. Like every mum, she is constantly running around. What calms her down would make a lot of others feel worried! Brooklyn is an awesome newborn photographer; she captures the beauty, peace and innocence of the little ones perfectly. Let us catch her before school ends and discover what she has to share. Enjoy! 1. How and when did you become interested in photography? Describe your photography experience/education. I have always liked the little things in life. The number one remark on my report cards was always «She just sees things differently.» I always took that as a negative until I went on Student Exchange when I was 15. At the high school I attended they had a journalism course and I was hooked. During high school I studied Journalism whilst on Student Exchange and once back in Australia continued my interest in the field of photography by working with some amazing photographers in Sydney and also working for a film house as a production assistant. I then worked for a large national portrait photography company working with children. During this time I recognized my love for newborns and mothers. In 2007, I started my own newborn photography business called Footprints Nursery in Townsville and over three years expanded to seven locations, four in Sydney and one in Brisbane, one on the Sunshine Coast and one in Townsville. After the birth of my fourth child, I found that a choice needed to be made: business and a nanny or downsize and be a mum. I choose to be a mum. So I sold my Sydney based locations to my lead photographer, closed Brisbane and Sunshine Coast. I renamed and reinvented Townsville to Lil One and got back to doing what I love - being a full time mother to my four children and Photographing two to three days per week. 2. What kind of camera do you use? Canon 5D Mark II 3. Besides your camera, what equipment/tools do you use most in your work? Some of my essential tools I use when photographing newborns is a posing bag, an assortment of blankets, hats, beanies and scarves. 4. Describe your overall photography aesthetic or style. I wanted my style to be organic and clean however I have discovered a love of color and vibrancy that I can not seem to stay away from. 5. What inspires your work (e.g., other photographers, nature, fashion, etc?) I am inspired by other photographers like Keri Meyers, Kelly Brown and Erin Elizabeth. I get inspired by little hats or props from Lil Owl Knits. But most of all I am inspired by the family I work with, the love between a mother and child and the way a father is still almost in shock at his love for his new child. 6. What is the most striking memory as a photographer? Oh this is easy! And there are several. However, the most powerful memory was from a few years back. As a newborn photographer I have also had the privilege of photographing stillborn children. I remember I went into the parent’s room at the Maternity Hospital to find a very medicated mother and a father who was just «blank». I photographed lil Henry and a few days later presented the images to the counselor at the Hospital. I had other mothers to see that day so I was in and out of rooms for about three hours. During that time the family had been given their images of lil Henry. I came out of the last room for the day and had a huge man rush me in the hallway, nearly knocked me off my feet. He hugged me with tears in his eyes and said, “I would have never known that he had my nose. Thank you thank you thank you.» It is such an honor and privilege to be a newborn photographer for every family. At the birth of a child, in my opinion, is the most perfect part of being human, the highest point. And to be asked to document that time is amazing. 7. What is your favorite form of photography and why? What are some of your favorite subjects? I love portraiture everyday of the week! I adore newborns and photographing the look a mother or father has when they are holding their Lil One. 8. In your opinion, what makes a good photo? A good photo is like a brilliant male ballroom dancer. It is elegant, leads the viewer deliberately around the image. It is captivating. 9. How do you get organized for a shoot and get babies to be so relaxed? I don’t know if everyone knows «Play School» on the ABC television in Australia, but as part of my getting ready, I imagine myself as Justine, she is always so calm and fun at the same time. I like to have everything in my studio clean and fresh, so I wash the floors, dust and disinfect everything. I then spray lavender essential oil to have a calm scent in the room. I don’t play music or heat the room until the family has arrived and ensure that my lil client likes music, likes the heat or if he/she likes traffic noise. It is all individual, they might be small but boy oh boy they let you know what they like and how they like it very quickly and no two cubs are ever the same. 10. What advice would you give to an aspiring photographer? Shoot, shoot, shoot. No amount of theory education will prepare you to actually get out there for practical application with a client. Discover and know your value and worth. So many photographers can take a great image but fall down at the business end of the profession, so also study small business along side your photography studies. Work under a great mentor, their experience is more valuable than five years at university. 11. What are the most common photography mistakes, and what’s your advice on how to avoid them? As I mentioned in the last question, you need to know how to run a business not just take great images. Do not be under the illusion that it is all creative. I think out of the ten hours I spend with every client, only two of those hours are spent photographing. The other mistake that new photographers make is under valuing their craft as they start up. My advice is to price your work so that you value the industry and yourself. One huge error that I think is current right now with Newborn Photography is making a child look doll like by over editing their skin to be too perfect. I find the imperfections so perfect that they must not be interfered with. The next biggie is to look at others work to get your creative thoughts flowing, but never try to be someone else’s style. And DO NOT sit for hours and compare yourself. People will come for your style, your work and the way that you do what you do, so trust that. 12. What are your views in photo editing? Describe your process. I hate batch Editing! When I edit, I edit every image individually and ensure that each image is perfect. It is my responsibility to make sure that after the haze of early childhood and the rose colored glasses come off, that my clients say, «I would have paid twice as much, I love every image and I wish I could have another baby just to get more images.»
The process of editing does something like this: I shoot in raw and do my first color correction in DPP, the Canon software. I have found that DPP is such a great tool. I also select, rate, rotate and crop the images that I want to present to my client in DPP. I then convert the RAW images to JPEG. Once conversion has finished, I open up each file in Photoshop. I get rid of skin blemishes and tidy the backgrounds. I then run several actions over the image to make the skin creamier, take out red from the newborns skin and sharpen eyes or details that need to stand out. I then adjust areas that I would like to be highlighted by using the curves tool. Once I have completed any extra touches depending on what the image needs, I will then add a light vignette and duplicate the image, with the second image at about 30%. Flatten and save. 13. Which historical event would you have liked to shoot? I am not a big event person from a world perspective. I believe I photograph historical events everyday with the potential of every human in front of me. Who knows, I could have photographed the next generations Prime Minister, the person who discovers the cure for Cancer…… there is so much potential in every one of my lil subjects. 14. How do you think the Internet has affected the photography industry? (i.e., online stores, industry-specific websites, forums, etc.) The internet has had an enormous impact on every part of what we do and how we interact with our clients, how we present our work, how we sell our work. I try not to focus on the negative aspects like copyright infringement. However, the positives are fantastic! I can interact with my client at 2am and they can do the same with me. My work can be shared over so many formats and get interest from people I would not have met normally. My work can be readily compared and measured by my clients between me and my competitors. They can easily decide if my style is the right fit for their needs. I love that my future clients can get the opinions of my past clients at a click of a button. It is brilliant! 15. Which photographers do you look up to and why? I look up to amazing business people, people who have created not just a job but a system of working that gives their life freedom, excitement and keeps their work fresh and current. The photographer that always comes to mind when I need a good measure of reassurance, new business strategies and creative ways to make my life work better is Leah Remillet. Her support via the Thriving Photographer program has enabled the business side of my business to be more effective and frees up my time with her systems so that I can do exactly what I love - photographing newborns! Amazing Nicole Patterson Fancy Face: Freckles! Freckle Faces join the Red Heads (recall our August article last year) in the category of ladies that grow up wishing they didn’t have these features. While the red heads spent their teen years dying their hair to be more like their blond or brunette friends, the freckle girls have gone through every concealer on the shelves to find a product that covers them up. STOP! Your freckled faces are GORGEOUS! They make you unique and beautiful and according to my sources... dudes dig ‘em, too! Surveys say freckle fillies give a first impression of being more trustworthy and fun when compared to their freckle free friends. So let’s learn how you can fancy up your face without all that funky foundation. Begin with a primer. This will take away shine and help to hide pores. Now here is the key: Tinted Moisturizer! This gives you coverage and evens the skin tone without hiding what you want to show through. Then use your concealer just in the spots you need it like under eye circles or blemishes. Continue with your regularly scheduled makeup routine. Blush, highlight, contour... this can all go right over your tinted moisturizer just like any other foundation. Don’t be scared of it! You can even do your going out look and add a dramatic smoky eye. Most people like to avoid change but if you try it for a week I bet your friends and colleagues will start saying things like “Gee, your skin looks great! What’s your secret?” or “You must be using a new expensive product”. You will be able to either fess up and share your knowledge or keep it your own little beautiful secret. To pump up the fun factor even more allow your hair to be its naturally gorgeous self, too! Give off the impression that you were just born this sexy; Natural and Beautiful. Nicole
Advertisers! You Should be On this page contact us for pricesAdvertisers! You Should be On this page contact us for prices What is your favorite plan for Saturday night? 1. Your typical evening during the week: A Drinks after work for happy hour B Watch your favorite TV show (the Bachelor, XFactor…) C Workout 2. Your personality is: A Outgoing and a little crazy B Friendly C Quiet and relaxed 3. Your favorite food: A Spicy and original B A plate to share with your BFF C A fresh juice 4. For your birthday, you organize: A A night at a club and an after party B A bbq at the beach with all your friends and family C A family reunion 5. When you go out, you like to dress: A Super eccentric B Dressed up C Casual 6. Your friend are usually: A Younger B Your age C Older than you 7. You have been in a relationship for: A No significant other B A couple of month C A couple of years 8. Your life motto: A “Why put off for tomorrow what you can get done today? Live each day to its fullest. “There is no tomorrow!” B “Live simply, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly.” C Take it easy WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAN FOR SATURDAY NIGHT? Your score is You have a maximum of A Let’s party like there is no tomorrow On Saturday night, you want to let yourself go. All the stress and energy you have not been able to spend during the week will be expressed tonight! On the dance floor, your body moves at its own pace whether the music is good or not. You also have a tendency to drink a little too much. Sunday is spent in bed with a hangover. Having fun is ok but make sure to keep a healthy lifestyle, excess is not good if it is every week! You have a maximum of B Chilling with friends On Saturday night, you like to have an evening different from the rest of the week but you do not want to make it a big deal. So you either invite your friends for dinner or you meet up for a drink, a concert or bowling. You like to share with them and get to talk about what is happening in your lives. Saturday night is a way to reconnect. You have a maximum of C Relax! Saturday night is laid back. You have no plans to go out. You just stay at home watching your favorite TV show or movie. Your weeks are pretty full with your work, school and exercise so on Saturday you do not want to go anywhere. Make sure not to cut yourself off from a social life. It feels great to be with people you care about and that care about you! HAPPY NEW YEAR !!! «Like» us on Facebook and you can WIN! www.facebook.com/Modelixir An IPAD raffled when we reach 5000 Fan
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the day for me was YMC in The Old Sorting Office. Unless my eye’s deceived me, I’m sure they snuck a women into the collection, which to be honest I thought was a good touch as the thought had crossed my mind. However, it was it a subtle way and the clothes she wore blended in with the rest of the collection. Not having Canon on hand to hire out addition pro equipment, I was using my trusty Nikon to also pick off a few wide angle shots, which came out very much to much to my satisfaction. After the show the goodie bags that had been given out to people in the front row were found to contain a bottle of beer, t-shirt and a few other accessories; because they had been left behind, I decided to help leave a little less work for the cleaners and give them one less package to tidy up. One thing that has become apparent is that the schedule is run very tight and that shows can overlap meaning you need to either be able to split yourself in two or, and this seems to be the preferred method, you can get a team and split locations and duties. For instance there is a group here that that has someone that stays at each event and someone who stays in the lounge and literally just edits the pictures. Ahh! That must make life so much easier for the photographers - hint hint Ms. Editor ;-). The afternoon saw me try something different and go to a ‘static presentation’ by Martine Rose. I’d not been to one of these before and I liked it very much. Basically the models are placed in a setting and have scripted movements. This allows you to get much closer and from a photographer’s perspective, take even better pictures. The last show of the day by Oliver Spencer also deserves a mention for doing something that so far I’ve only ever seen one other show do (and that was just the once at the Women’s Fashion Week in September ’12 so long ago) – get the models to pause briefly in front of the photographer’s. Yes, it was probably no longer than a second but when you can fire off 6-plus frames a second (and you’re expecting it), you’ll have a higher probability of getting sharper images. There is a possibility that everyone is just better than me but when something comes along that helps me to take better pictures without costing anything and the designer will get better pictures that seems like a win-win situation to me. Therefore, any designers reading this spare a thought for us photographers – we want to take the best pictures we can to show off your creations, so why not make life that little bit easier for us? Thanks in advance and you can thank me for the suggestion by inviting me back stage next time ‘round. Day 3 Okay, so I felt it in my bones that today was going to be a more productive day than the previous and it was, even without the breakfast. It turns out that I wasn’t alone in something I had mentioned yesterday but I’ll get to that later on. The first show of the day was by Christopher Raeburn at the primary site, The Old Hospital Club. It seemed that the pattern for the day was to alternate the shows DAY 1 Lee Roach between the two venues, but thankfully it’s less than a five minute walk and while the weather was a grim shade of grey, it behaved itself and stayed dry. Killing time, I got talking to Jess from Apartment 58, (a company that was providing refreshments at the venue that included toffee popcorn, yum). We’d met the day before when we were both hanging out at the front of the venue with the celebrity photographers and were now talking about what we would both like to see in a show. Though we disagreed on how men should dress – thankfully - it turns she is either clairvoyant or she had a sneak peak at what designer J.W. Anderson was going to come out with because it was just what she wanted to see. The show was a sight to behold and very different from what I had seen over the past three days, with the exception of the MAN show on Monday, of course. Something I’ve forgotten to mention that I noticed earlier on in the week and throughout the remaining shows is that the models used on the catwalk come from a varied age and ethnicity pool which is great to see – this is London Fashion Week after all. Something else that stood out is what tends to happen at the end of a show. When the procession of all the models has gone back stage, the designer usually pops their head around and gives a wave. That was until I was introduced to Katie Eary’s show. Unfortunately I didn’t catch it on camera because I was taken completely by surprise; the music was still playing when she came out and she danced and smiled for a couple of seconds instead of the customary wave I was used to seeing and I remember smiling at the sight. Maybe I have a big ego but if a couple hundred people come out to see your show, I think you’re allowed to appear for a couple of seconds and bask in the moment as I’m sure it’s got to feel pretty good and deserved, but then again, maybe I’m just an egomaniac, lol. In fairness, as further illustration of my logic, think about what happens at the end of the show when you go to the theatre; everyone takes the stage and graciously accepts and welcomes the applause so why not designers? While on the subject of designers, the issue that I mentioned yesterday about the model walking speed became such an issue that during a couple of trial runs before the show, some photographers were giving the models feedback to walk in the middle of the runway and to walk slower. At the end of one trial run, a photographer actually went back stage to speak to the designer, or whoever it was that was in charge, to let them know also. So, if you’re a designer who happens to be reading this, help the photographers help you and slow the models down and then everyone is happy :) That’s it from the second Men’s London Fashion Week. Don’t worry though, the 15th February see’s Women’s Fashion Week return to London so I’ll be back soon. Until then, this is Nigel Pacquette signing off. Hope you’ve enjoyed reading. DAY 1 Lou Dalton DAY 1 Lou DaltonDAY 1 MAN DAY 1 MAN
DAY 1 MANDAY 1 Topman Design DAY 1 Mr StartDAY 1 Mr Start DAY 2 Martine RoseDAY 2 Martine Rose DAY 2 Oliver Spencer DAY 2 Oliver Spencer
DAY 2 YMC DAY 2 YMCDAY 2 YMC DAY 3 E TautzDAY 3 E Tautz DAY 3 E Tautz
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Protein is Essential for Building Lean Muscle Protein Shakes are essential for building lean muscle mass and burning fat!!! Many people ask why they can’t just eat chicken, fish, meat etc? The answer is, they can but the body needs to digest and break down that food. The protein shake is a liquid and goes right through to the body ‘s bloodstream. There is an hour right after you work out, called «The Golden Hour» this is when your muscle needs protein in a liquid form to rebuild the muscle fibers into lean muscle. When working out with weights your muscle fibers are being torn down and need to rebuild with enough protein to grow the muscle and burn the fat. Weight lifting also speeds up the metabolism to burn more fat and calories throughout the day. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn everyday even at rest. A great meal plan and eating 5-7 small protein packed meals a day is essential for burning fat and speeding up your metabolism. An average person should consume 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight and an athlete should consume 2-2.5 grams per pound of body weight. I am a 5’10 female athlete, weighing 140pounds and this is my meal plan: I eat no less than six times a day, which is about every 2.5-3 hours. Breakfast: Body by Vi shake with a packet of weight control oatmeal blended with water or almond milk. This contains 22 grams of protein, 1 gram of sugar, 9 grams of carbohydrates, and 1 gram of fat. Snack: Body by Vi shake with water and about 10 blueberries. Lunch: Chicken breast, tuna, or any kind of fish with either a small sweet potato or brown rice. Make it a small fist size for the carbs and about 5-7oz of meat for females and about 7-10 oz for males. Include salad, spinach, or asparagus with one table spoon of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Snack: Apple with one tbsp of peanut or almond butter, or 10 almonds with some fruit. Dinner: Protein and Veggies or salad. NO CARBS at night until you get to your desired weight. Same serving size as lunch. I love to eat salmon or tilapia with sauteed spinach with Pam spray, and about 2 tbsp’s of hummus. YUM!!! Late night snack: Body by Vi shake with half almond milk and half water, 1 tsp of almond butter and some sugar free cocoa powder. (Tastes like a Butterfingers :-) This meal plan adds up to about 1800 calories, 200 grams of protein a day, 80-100 grams of carbs, and about 35 grams of fat. The key is: Hardly ANY sugar!!! Sugar is the enemy!!! Men need to add about 500- 800 more calories a day of clean foods. You can eat any meal in any order except for dinner. If you work out 4-6 times a week this meal plan is sufficient to lose about 2 pounds a week. If you do not exercise then only have two shakes and two meals with one snack. Although weight training is great for muscle building you still need at least 3-5 x’s a week of 30-45 min of cardio. My advice is 4-5 x’s a week of weights for 30 min and then 30 min cardio. That is only 4-6 hours a week, everyone can fit that in somewhere! Forget the scale, measure your inches and body fat. Your jeans should get much looser. Muscle weighs more than fat, but fat takes up more room in your clothes. If you do not eat nuts or meats, than substitute them for other protein sources, just keep the sugar under 5 grams per serving of any food. Green tea, asparagus, kiwi, and lemon are all fat burners. You MUST drink water!!! I drink a gallon a day! At least drink a half of a gallon if you are trying to lose weight. If you want to maintain your weight and build more muscle than keep the meal plan as is, just add more carbs with every meal. This is clean eating. I recommend a book called «The Clean Eating Diet» by Tosca Reno (publisher of Oxygen magazine). Lastly, keep your mind positive! Make sure you dedicate at least 10 min a day to some form of meditation to relax your mind. You can close your eyes and do some deep breathing. If you have more time try to dedicate 30 min a day to meditate. It took me many years to teach myself to meditate and relax my mind. It is essential to our spirit. Sleep is very important as well, between 7-8 hrs a night if possible. When we sleep we relax our mind and body. Surround yourself with positive and uplifting people. Do not allow negativity to drain your energy. You must feed your mind, body, and soul with internal peace. Embrace yourself with kindness, love, and compassion. Justdoitwithlisa.com Potiche (Crystal Kolber) It Was Never My Fault Over the last year two years, my body has gradually gone from the waif model look to something that resembles a Kardashian sister, and aspiring to be like a Kardahsian sister is the least of my concerns. There are, however, some noticeable advantages to my weight gain. For one, my bra size went from an AAA to an A-cup which to me is just as good as getting breast implants. Another plus has been that my friends and family have been complimenting me on how great I look. Personally, I have found my new curves to be a curse. I find myself attracting more attention than usual. Men leer at me in the aisles of the grocery store and some even have the audacity to openly comment about my body as they pass me by. Sadly, the most lewd act came from my own uncle when he just couldn’t help himself and touched what he had no right to—my backside. I was standing at the kitchen counter preparing a salad when I felt a quick grab on one of my most personal spaces. I felt so violated that I followed him outside to let him know offended I was. I feel fortunate that one of my fortes in life is putting people in their place; rarely does an unwelcomed gesture go unpunished by me. From my relatives’ point of view, I had made a big deal of an innocent joke. I am a 29-year-old woman, not a six-year-old girl that can be patted on her tushie by her endearing uncle. I must have a very different sense of humor to not have found humor in my body being encroached upon. The blame was placed on my hypersensitivity, not my inappropriate uncle, and herein lies the root of this problem that all women face. In the midst of the horrifying gang-rape that left an Indian medical student dead last month and ascended the entire country of India into mass protests, my anger has only deepened towards my family. In India, there is systematic silencing of women victims. There are women who have come forward only to be raped by police officers. Most women are questioned about their role in enticement. Let us be clear that no matter what a woman wears or how curvy her body is, it is not an open invitation for any man to feel entitled to any part of her being. Whether it is rape, comments in the streets, or someone’s hands grazing your body when you didn’t ask for it, it is a personal attack on our weakness. We as women are the weaker sex but that does not mean that we cannot find the strength to stand up for ourselves. In some countries it will take implementing and enforcing stricter laws on rape and harassment. But the only way we will ever be free from the tyranny of sexual harassment is to let every man who makes the mistake of violating us, no matter how minor the offense may seem, know that he is wrong. FITNESS by Daniel “Get your BUTT back into shape for the New Year” Targeted Muscles: Glutes, Hamstrings, Quadriceps & Core Exercise Duration: Beginner -Complete the entire circuit 1 time and perform each exercise for 30 seconds. Advanced -Complete the entire circuit 3 times and perform each exercise for 1 minute. Exercise 1: Burpee with Leg Lift Preparation: Stand with your knees straight and feet hip-width apart. Execution: Lower the upper body and bend at the waist. Keep your legs straight as you lower your hands to the floor under your shoulders. Jump with your feet together into plank position. Lift one leg upward while keeping the ankle flexed. Lower the same leg back into plank position. Repeat with opposite leg. Jump with feet together back into standing position. Repeat entire movement. Exercise 2: Side Plank with Leg Abduction Preparation: Lie on your side on a mat. Place your forearm on the mat under your shoulder perpendicular to the body. Place your upper leg directly on top of the lower leg. Keep the knee of the lower leg on the mat and straighten the knee and hip of the top leg. Execution: Keep the lower leg on the mat while you raise your hips up off the ground. Raise the upper leg upward and away from the lower leg. Return to original position and repeat. Continue with opposite leg.
Exercise 3: Alternating Side Squats Preparation: Stand with your hands on your hips or extended forward. Feet are hip-width apart and toes are forward. Execution: Step toward one side and squat down by allowing the hips to bend back while the knees bend forward. Keep your back straight and knees pointed in the same direction as the feet. Descend until your thighs are just past parallel to the floor. Return to the original standing position by forcibly extending the hip and knee of extended leg. Repeat on opposite leg. Exercise 4: Plank with Leg Abduction Preparation: Lie prone on a mat. Place your forearms on the mat with your elbows under your shoulders. Place your legs together with the balls of your feet on floor. Execution: Raise your body upward by straightening body into a straight line. Raise one leg 2-4 inches off the floor. While maintaining plank position with your core engaged, extend this leg to the side. Return to the starting position and repeat with the opposite leg. Exercise 5: Forward & Backward Stepping Lunge Preparation: Stand with your hands on your hips or clasped behind the neck. Feet are hip-width apart and toes are forward. Execution: Lunge forward with first leg. Land on the heel then the ball of the foot. Lower your body by flexing the knee and hip of the front leg until the knee of the rear leg is almost in contact with floor. Return to original standing position by forcibly extending the hip and knee of the forward leg. Repeat by lunging backward with first leg. Exercise 6: Static Squat Hold Preparation: Stand with your arms fully extended forward. Execution: Squat down by allowing your hips to bend back behind while the knees bend forward. Keep your back straight and knees pointed in the same direction as the feet. Descend until your thighs are just past parallel to the floor. Hold this position. AMBOSELI TRUST FOR ELEPHANTS The Amboseli Trust for Elephants is the longest running study of wild elephants anywhere in the world. Since 1972 Dr Cynthia Moss and the ATE research team have individually identified and followed the lives of more than 3,000 elephants living in Amboseli, southern Kenya. Revelations from Amboseli now form the basis for our understanding of elephants. Our research has covered elephant reproduction, communication, social relationships, genetics, and ecology. Our films, books and research papers have introduced millions of people across the world to the marvellous flexibility and complexity of elephant lives. One of the core patterns to emerge from our work is the value elephants place on each other as individuals. An adult female may know as many as 100 other adult females from their voices alone. Elephants have friendships that span lifetimes, which may be sixty years or more. Female elephants live in close-knit family units for their entire lives, raising their calves in the company of female relatives. Families are led by a matriarch, the oldest female, who guides the family movements and activities. Old, experienced matriarchs know where to find food and water and how to respond to threatening situations, such as encounters with predators or people. Her wisdom keeps her family safe, and families with older matriarchs have higher reproductive success – every calf has an increased chance of survival, and females have shorter intervals between giving birth. In this way, experienced females can generate large, successful families, even if they no longer reproduce themselves. It is one of the most profound examples of how the social behaviour in animals can shape their survival. Elephant society has multiple levels; family members do not spend all of their time together, and when they do meet up again they perform intense “greeting ceremonies”, the elephant equivalent of a hug. Friendships also exist between females from different families, and these females will also greet each other; two families that are friendly are known as a “bond group”. Families that share the same dry season area belong to what we call a “clan”, and finally during the wet season nearly all the elephants in the population congregate in large aggregations. Elephants keep track of all these levels of social organisation. Males live separately from females, but they also have friendships, and a dominance hierarchy that is maintained by ritual behaviours that avoid the need for dangerous fights. Every year, males enter a sexually active state known as “musth”, which was first described and understood by Amboseli researchers. This is a period when they are only interested in finding females to mate with, and is the time when they are most likely to get into fights with other males to assert their dominance. As our understanding of elephants has grown, so too has our obligation to protect them. Cynthia Moss was a leading light in the 1989 campaign to ban international trade in ivory, a move that allowed elephant populations, which were decimated by poaching, to begin the slow process of recovery. As the threat from the cruel and bloody ivory trade looms large again, we find ourselves once more involved in international lobbying to protect these wonderful animals. Closer to home we work hard with the local community and other NGOs to protect Amboseli, an increasingly rare example of an intact ecosystem, where animals follow seasonal movement patterns dictated by water and food. If you want to find out more about the project, visit our website at www.elephanttrust.org where you can find ways to support our work. Or follow us on the Amboseli Trust for Elephants Facebook page, where you can find the latest news about the elephants, petitions to help conserve them, and news from the team. Or come and visit Amboseli and see the elephants for yourself!
Advertisers! You Should be On this page contact us for pricesAdvertisers! You Should be On this page contact us for prices Horoscope (January 15th – February 15th) 2013 already! – NOW is the moment to envision and plan for this New Year. Do so, but remember to be flexible about it and live without specific results. Aries Beginning this New Year your personality will be influenced by the transition of Uranus in a way that will facilitate the changes you need to make in your daily life. The planets get settled in your 10th House, corresponding to your profession and public image; this will strengthen your decision to put order to those aspects of your life. State exactly what you want, make a decision, and relax. Taurus During this period you will give more importance to your emotional stability. Venus in Sagittarius makes you a little less formal and leads you to loosen up in love affairs. Jupiter brings you unforeseeable business opportunities and professional success. Pay attention, just as they come; they go. Gemini Time to confront Saturn! It will challenge and test you again and again with a mix of meanness and envy that could easily ruin your days. However, Jupiter will help you as you move forward. Work hard and get back to your inner space. If you manage to overcome stress and relax your stomach you will come out victorious no matter what against any setback. Cancer You will stand out for your great artistic, critic and aesthetic sense. These senses are not so common in you, but the transition of Uranus through midheaven brings them out. Be also cautious with your decisions and attitudes during this period. This is the right moment to find love if you don’t have someone already or to consolidate even more your union if you do. Leo These are times during which you will feel unbalanced and weaker energetically because of the transition of Pluto through the area of your health. Be careful and take precautions although it’s temporary. Focus your energies on business and work while taking care of any type of infidelities. Virgo You are on best the moment to advance in the professional area of your life. Mercury on your 3rd House - the one related to communication and projects - makesyou much more energetic and extremely emotional. Take advantage of this period at work but think twice in regards to love. Libra This month you will face a period of transformations in almost every aspect of your life. Be careful with your finances. Neptune in the 6th House (work related) and Saturn in the 2nd House (money related) does not make your progress any easier. Pay attention and be patient for the conditions to change. Rest and reflect for the changes to happen smoothly. Scorpio You must take very seriously the pass of Saturn through your pertaining 8th house. Its influence will make your emotions to be more intense than usual. You will face the mirror of real necessities and will have to recognize them and take action no matter what. On the other hand, Venus will flatten your road to bring you interesting contacts and job opportunities. Sagittarius During this period, with Venus on your pertaining house, you are the perfect host for any coming event. You will have infinite energy and be able to really enjoy every moment. However, the Sun, Pluto and Mercury on your field of work might influence you in a way that you will lose your trust in your co-workers and with an excess of ambition, this might lead you to business instability. Capricorn Starting this period you will be able to leave behind many limitations. The combination of the Sun and Mercury will provide you with exceptional energy and the ability to make positive partnerships and contacts. Decide what you really want; the stars favor you. The use of dialogue is the key. Aquarius During this month the brightest lights in the sky are pointing to you starting on January 21st. Their influence will provide you with vitality, creativity, intelligence and perseverance. On the other hand, this is not a good moment for investments and positive purchases. It is ideal for new projects but not to sign economical conditions that regulate them. Pisces Neptune in your sign as regent will intensify your capacity to do what you love; everything related to art, solidarity and spirituality. In addition, you will also have the intense experience of what makes you uncomfortable; mess and confusion. In the same way, Uranus will influence the way money comes in and out. On the other hand, in regards to your relationships you might want to spice things up a little. Modelixir International Modelixir is very thankful for all the support and help we get from our columnists and contributors. We wish you an excellent year 2013 by our side! A big thank you to: - Yann Feron: Photographer of the beautiful cover photos. We are lucky to have you with us and for your constant support. www.yannferon.com - Amy Delaney: Photographer for the travel article about Boston. We appreciate you sharing these images with our readers. - Brooklyn Eller, newborn photographer, our guest photographer from Australia. If you love babies you cannot miss her website: www.lilone.com.au - Darnell Williams for sharing his day as a Motion Capture Specialist. - Nicole Patterson, makeup and hair artist, for her article about fabulous freckled faces. Isn’t she the best to make us look and feel beautiful? To see more or to contact her, visit www.nicolepattersonhairandmakeup.com - Nigel Pacquette for his complete coverage of the Me’sn Fashion Week in London. You can book him for a shoot that will be professional and fun. To see more of his work at www.nigelpacquette.com - Claire Nicolas for her wonderful illustrations of the quiz and Potiche column. - Jonathan Hutchings and his talented team for bringing the “Pure White” editorial. www.djonathanhutchings.com - Martina Passa New York Fashionista who creates the best woman’s fashion collages. - Sez London men fashion expert for her great ideas. - Crystal Kolber, writer for the «Potiche» column, for helping women understand that things can and have to change. - Lisa, our fitness trainer and a health specialist: www.justdoitwithlisa.com - Daniel Nyiri joined the team this month; he is a fitness trainer and a health specialist. He will share with you fitness moves and could be your personal trainer. Want to know more? www.e-fit.com - The Amboli Trust for Elephants for the incredible job they do to save and to study Elephants. www.elephanttrust.org - Mercedes Soler, astrologist that tells us all the secrets of the planets and astrological signs. 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