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For those on a spring mission, sunglasses are the easiest and best way to update and renew your look. Try out these for the best styles this season, remember there is no such thing as too big when it comes to sunglasses. 

Spring 2014 campaign from Karen Walker involved the community groups of micro-artisans located in the urban and rural areas of Kenya. 

Spring 2014 campaign from Karen Walker involved the community groups of micro-artisans located in the urban and rural areas of Kenya. 

The micro-artisans pictured include machinists, cutters, tailors, production managers and metal workers as well as members of the Maasai group who create the more elaborate beading work in Kenya for Karen Walker's spring/summer 2014 collection.  

The micro-artisans pictured include machinists, cutters, tailors, production managers and metal workers as well as members of the Maasai group who create the more elaborate beading work in Kenya for Karen Walker's spring/summer 2014 collection.  


by Stylist Elly


Interior styling keeps me awake at nights. My hunting list for the past 6 years includes life sized animal sculptures to live with, just need the slightly converted warehouse to house them.

Sipho Mabonao's life sized origami animals are incredible, oh the power of paper. If your in Switzerland view his exhibition at the Art Museum in Beromunster.

Sipho Mabonao's life sized origami animals are incredible, oh the power of paper. If your in Switzerland view his exhibition at the Art Museum in Beromunster.

French designer Ora Ito's lounge room.

French designer Ora Ito's lounge room.

Frederique Morrel's tapestry taxidermy. 

Frederique Morrel's tapestry taxidermy. 


spring clean

by Stylist Elly in


I am cleaning my skin from the inside out for the next 2 weeks. This is a list of the 9 best foods for your skin, make sure you go grocery shopping in Chanel of course.

1. One red bell pepper has more than your total daily vitamin C needs, it contains carotenoids that help prevent wrinkles and increase blood circulation to your skin, helping it look more youthful.

1. One red bell pepper has more than your total daily vitamin C needs, it contains carotenoids that help prevent wrinkles and increase blood circulation to your skin, helping it look more youthful.

2. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and will help reduce roughness in your skin and protect it against sun damage. Just choose at least 80% cacao content to avoid milk and added sugars.

2. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and will help reduce roughness in your skin and protect it against sun damage. Just choose at least 80% cacao content to avoid milk and added sugars.

3. Salmon has been known to fight stress, anxiety and depression it also provides enough omega-3 content to hydrate your skin from the inside out.

3. Salmon has been known to fight stress, anxiety and depression it also provides enough omega-3 content to hydrate your skin from the inside out.

4. Coconut oil is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E, perfect for keeping your skin soft, moist and wrinkle-free plus it contains lauric acid, a powerful antiviral agent that fights viruses, infections, inflammation and acne.

4. Coconut oil is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E, perfect for keeping your skin soft, moist and wrinkle-free plus it contains lauric acid, a powerful antiviral agent that fights viruses, infections, inflammation and acne.

5. The L-theanine in green tea helps relax your body and lower stress aim for 3 a day to keep inflammation away.

5. The L-theanine in green tea helps relax your body and lower stress aim for 3 a day to keep inflammation away.

6. Spinach contains a great source of folate and iron, make sure you add some lemon juice when preparing it to ensure your body is able to absorb it properly.

6. Spinach contains a great source of folate and iron, make sure you add some lemon juice when preparing it to ensure your body is able to absorb it properly.

7. Flax seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are full of proteins and rich in vitamin E. Just add them to your salads or on top of your breakfast yogurts.

7. Flax seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are full of proteins and rich in vitamin E. Just add them to your salads or on top of your breakfast yogurts.

8. Celery contains natural sodium, potassium and is 95% water which rehydrates skin avoiding dryness, flaking, wrinkles and breakouts. Try to eat it every other day when in season.

8. Celery contains natural sodium, potassium and is 95% water which rehydrates skin avoiding dryness, flaking, wrinkles and breakouts. Try to eat it every other day when in season.

9. Carrots help prevent overproduction of cells in the outer layer of the skin where excess sebum combines with dead cells and clogs pores. Try for half a cup everyday for perfect skin.  

9. Carrots help prevent overproduction of cells in the outer layer of the skin where excess sebum combines with dead cells and clogs pores. Try for half a cup everyday for perfect skin.  


by Stylist Elly in


Welcome back spring. The weather suddenly got seriously better in Istanbul, and all I want is a wardrobe of pastels and a fridge full of fresh fruit and spinach salads. What to wear for the transition? Anything pink with light denim, and a trench coat. How to get in shape? Long daily power walks along the water. Redecorating? White walls, low maintenance lush green plants and an object or two as a pink accent. 

Click here for the most incredible and innovative salad recipes.

Click here for the most incredible and innovative salad recipes.

Incredible kaleidoscopic view of my favorite temple Angkor Wat

Incredible kaleidoscopic view of my favorite temple Angkor Wat

Everything you want to know about trees of paradise, my latest desire from Taschen. Find it here

Everything you want to know about trees of paradise, my latest desire from Taschen. Find it here


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I wish I had never let someone draw on me with permanent ink, even though it is small and easily hidden. I assure you there is nothing more beautiful than your own unmarked skin. In this department I feel less is so much more. Mess around with pens if you absolutely have to and draw or paint your tattoo on for a year or three, then if you seriously need to only then do so. I am getting mine removed!

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