Best and Worst Collections on the Spring Runway this Year

Fashion has always been a strange thing. With every year, a new trend emerges to contradict the beliefs of last year, and nobody seems to have a problem with that. Five years ago women would rather die than wear stiletto shoes, but this spring they are the hottest accessory. With fashion only one thing is certain, and that is that nothing is certain. Trends change once every season, and fashion designers are doing all they can to come up with newer, bolder, and unusual collections. Let’s take a look at the best and worst collections. Mind you, that we are judging from a buyer’s point of view, not a professional one.


1. Rick Owens


Aren’t you sick and tired of the same 17-year old skinny models that prance around the runway wearing fine silk and mini-skirts? Of course nothing could ever look bad on them because they have the body of a goddess. Studies have shown that more than 60% of the female population is a size M+, so the image created by major fashion houses doesn’t really sit well with the current demographics. Rick Owens created what some people considered a breath of fresh air. He said F#$K MODELS, and brought to the stage strong, hot, curvy women. His collection included monastic headwear, sneakers and easy short dresses.

2. Chanel


Chanel has always managed to inspire and amaze on the runway, and this spring’s collection was no excuse. Karl’s post-appropriationist runway was dedicated to anyone that loves art. His designs are characterized by an artsy-nonchalance, vivid colors and play-faux artwork. The only question that remains is: will Contemporary Art Daily become the new street wear blog?

3. Simone Rocha

3 0If you enjoyed Gossip Girl, and Blair’s amazing wardrobe you will definitely adore the collection by Simone Roche. Her spring collection portrays an uptown conservatism with dark, messy accents for the rebellious rich kid. The most amazing thing about her collection are the details on the half sewn skirts, cocktail dresses etc. Of course, there is also a tiny bit of nudity (exposed nipples, legs etc) and naughty lingerie.


1. Tom Ford


There have been so many fails on the fashion runways that it is hard to keep count. However, Tom Ford’s immense fail this spring will not soon be forgotten. His collection was a lame attempt to a glamorous new trend, but it was so poorly constructed and unoriginal that nobody will like it, except of course tasteless women with a mid-life crisis. We may be no experts in the fashion world, but who would ever hit the streets wearing that costume?

2. Thom Browne

2 1When I saw this collection on the runway the first thing I thought was that the Rocky Horror Picture Show is receiving a tribute. Much was my surprise when I was told that it is just another one of Thom Browne’s extravagant collections. It’s actually quite sad because Tom managed to come up with some great collections in the past. However, the maniac black models, and extremely bizarre skirt suits were not the ideal choice for this spring collection.

3. Comme des Garcons

thomebrownePersonally, I appreciate a fashion experiment here and there, and I was particularly taken by Rei Kawakubo’s previous collections. Nevertheless, 23 redundant, stuffed, structurally unsound handmade garments and dresses presented on the spring runway did not impress me at all. Sure, it may be difficult to come up with something amazing at every collection, but some of these accessories are so meaningless that they will never stand.

Many may argue that fashion is a form of art, so it deserves extravagant, sumptuous and jaw-dropping designs. While this may be true, most clothes are usually design to be worn by real people, so fashion designers should tone it down a little next year.


7 Excellent Gift Ideas for Cat Owners

Whether guinea pigs or chinchillas, fish or birds, cats or dogs, every pet owner shares in one simple feeling: love for their pet. And it is precisely this love that drives them to all the gestures they do for their beloved companion: birthday cakes with bones and doggy treats, climbing equipment, new cozy homes and other endless gifts meant to bring more happiness into the lives of those beings you care for most. A while back we shared a post with 15 Cats with Adorable Markings, and we decided to also share a post with the best gift ideas for cat owners. Most of them are simple tokens, while others are extremely practical presents. We hope you will enjoy them. Here are some clever gift ideas for the cat owners you may know:

1. Cat Pendant


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There are countless charming creations, whether gem incrusted or plain silver, quirky or fresh , and even plain old simple, a cat pendant or a necklace is a viable option whenever in a pickle about what to get your cat loving friend.

2. Cat Mug


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How about an elegant mug with a long, twisted handle to remind everyone of a specific little cat? Or better yet a transparent mug equipped with whiskers so that, while drinking your milk, you can be the cat for a change?

3. Cat Tower


If your budget can allow it, a cat tower is something that both your friend and his cat will totally love- you have so many options to choose between, from sophisticated to playful, that you can’t swing and miss.

4. Cat Bed


Your friend will most likely already own a cat bed but no one was ever against some redecorating, and when it comes to his furred companion, a special cat bed will hit just the spot in his heart. There are so many models to choose from that your only problem will actually be picking THE ONE- may it be a pod cat bed, a hanging swing bed or your plain and simple cushion heaven, there’s no getting it wrong.

5. Cat Condos

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While we’re on the topic of remodeling, cat condos are also worth considering. There are stackable cube condos in different colors and sizes, stackable leather boxes, or cat trees with built in living quarters, you have an assortment of creations to suit your needs and your budget- simply browse the internet for the best fit.

6. Cat Scratchers


Let’s be honest here, no matter how much your friend loves his cat, there is still the issue of furniture, carpet and curtain destruction that comes as a package deal with any feline. That’s precisely why a clever cat scratcher is just the thing for you- the sisal wrapped scratching surface and the comfortable feel will get your cat away from your prized possessions and focused on claw sharpening for a serious amount of time.

7. Cat Toys

This topic is endless since the variety of toys and contraptions at our disposal is endless.

This Peek-a-Prize toy box is certainly a blast for both your friend and his cat and ensures an activity they can both enjoy.


Another option is a tunnel toy (feel free to combine, mix and match to get exactly what you want) that comes in various shapes and sizes (and for the owner’s convenience, is also easily stored away).

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And what are your thoughts on motorized contraptions, such as this Wand Cat Toy- turn it on and the erratic movement is enough to keep a sweet kitty busy for hours on end.

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Balls, yarns, feather teasers, lasers, mouse toys- there are so many things to choose from that all you need to do is to get-a-browsin’!

The Greatest Reenactment Communities to Check Out

As you’re probably already aware, some people love to role play. Some love it so much that they make a regular thing out of it, or at least a pretty good reason to get together as often as they can and to delve deeper and deeper into their world of choice. Reenactment can have various degrees of professionalism – ranging from a “just for show” approach to a hardcore accuracy approach – and a multitude of themes and universes to reenact. The people performing the characters to be displayed can be amateurs who only do this as a hobby in their spare time, or people who do this as a profession,  as their group becomes more well-known and invited to events.

There are basically two types of reenactment: historical reenactment (meant to bring to life a certain period in a people’s history, also known as “living history”), and fantasy reenactment (which focuses on bringing to life the world described in a fictional book, or movie, or computer game). Basically, the more fans a certain imaginary universe has, the greater the chance for really cool reenactments of it. Yes, that also means that if you were to learn a fictional language, say, Dothraki, there will also be more speakers of that language for you to spend time with. Fun, right? Let’s take a look at the greatest reenactment communities you could get involved in.

1. Civil War Reenactment in the USA

The most popular reenactment in the United States is everything civil war-related. It’s quite a big venture, sometimes generously sponsored by the state because it theoretically promotes a rise in patriotism achieved in a fun way (just so you can get an idea of how mainstream the whole thing is). The most prominent reenactment community that deals with the civil war, and, subsequently, the most elaborate battle you could hope to be a part of, is the GAC: the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee.

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Founded in 1995, they host a gigantic battle every year to commemorate the Gettysburg battle. To catch it,  you need to buy tickets to in advance if you plan to catch a seat. They managed to donate tens of thousands of dollars to national charities and historical preservation groups over the years. If you want to observe the reenactment and maybe even learn a trick or two, they’re definitely worth checking out.

2. Medieval Reenactment in Europe

If the civil wars is la piece de resistance of American reenactable history, then Europe prides itself with its medieval background. Who doesn’t like castles, towers, princesses, fine medieval weaponry, armor, and glorious knights? Or, to put it in TV shows terms, who doesn’t like the Vikings? But medieval reenactment can be about way more than just battle.  The greatest reenactment communities focusing on the medieval way of life also feature the different codes of honor and heraldry of various guilds, as well as detailed know-how on a variety of craftwork.


If you’re from a European country, there are probably a lot of such reenactment communities to choose from. The greatest reenactment communities in Europe make it into this consortium, so browse their website a bit to find one from your country.

3. Game of Thrones Reenactment, in Italy but not only

Recently, a certain Game of Thrones reenactment community in Italy made headlines by displaying some pretty darn impressive detail in costume-making. You can give them a thorough check-out here and feast your eyes on their gorgeous images. Since the Game of Thrones franchise enjoys a vast fanbase, there are probably similar groups to get involved in even if you don’t live in Italy.


We hope you enjoyed this little incursion into the world’s greatest reenactment communities and remember: there are always lamer ways to spend your free time!

10 Examples of Worst Photoshop Mistakes of All Time

We’ve all become accustomed to Photoshop as being a necessary evil: a tool that adjusts images we see everywhere to make them better or more suitable to the message they carry. Yes, it falsifies things up to a point, but it can also create breath-taking beautiful effects by manipulating reality into impossible-looking artful results. There’s no denying the advantages of photoshopping and image manipulation, but sometimes the job done is so sloppy that the results achieved are beyond hilarious. Some aren’t just hilarious, but are also upsetting to viewers, when they feature unrealistic body images that promote sexism or unhealthy expectations. Here’s a list of 30 worst Photoshop mistakes of all time.

1. Veronica Kay’s missing leg. No, Stuff magazine didn’t attempt an up-worthy photo-shoot with a one-legged model. The flaw is instead a courtesy of the magazine’s design team. We’re sorry, Stuff: as Veronica is indeed lovely, the missing leg is not.


2. Emma Watson’s turn to lose a leg. In this Burberry ad, it’s suddenly not clear if the beautiful Emma Watson is holding a hand around her brother Alex because she’s affectionate, or because she needs the extra support due to losing a leg. Yes, it’s a bad joke, but the real joke is the campaign’s overeager Photoshop team.


3. A different kind of mistake: treating beautiful people as not good enough. Case in point: Beyonce. More than one time, the singer was involved in a controversy and litigious conflict with magazines that photshopped her skin tone to make it appear lighter than it actually is. Apparently you can make it as a woman of color, but only as long as you allow the image designers to tone your racial traits down a little, eh?


4. Another big boogie man of the beauty industry: curves. Sure, curves are supposedly nice in our post-Jennifer Lopez era, but that doesn’t mean real curvy bodies shouldn’t get a good dose of Photoshop treatment, apparently. On example is Kim Kardashian: after a magazine’s team is done with processing her original photos, even the much coveted curves are airbrushed into something more palatable for the industry’s standards.


5. Men aren’t exempt from this either. A similar slap in the face was achieved when the people from Lancome apparently though that Clive Owen could use a little nip and tuck to look acceptable enough for the campaign’s poster. Nothing that a little Photoshop can’t fix, right?


6. Bigger boobs don’t hurt either. Adriana Lima is a Victoria’s secret model deemed by many people perfect, but that hasn’t stopped some Photoshop expert from adorning her with a bigger pair of breasts. Such low blows constantly outrage journalists and bloggers everywhere, but it doesn’t seem to stop the industry from doing it again all the time.


7. To move on to actual mistakes in using the program’s features and functions, one classic fail is the overlapping text. Take the example below, where the text advertising the milk bar is printed both on the T-shirt and the model’s hand. Someone got lazy, it seems.


8. Multiple hands. If one of the worst Photoshop mistakes is chopping off a leg, we shouldn’t forget the adding of hands, either. Check out the dreamy scene with the three-handed princess. A lovely job, right?


9. Beyond sloppy erasing. This is what happens when one trigger-happy Photoshop expert wants to clear as much as possible from the background before putting the person onto a new background. Heads may as well roll since they’re being carved into.


10. The case of phantom hands. Another classic fail among the worst Photoshop mistakes possible is the hand of an absent person persisting in the image after its original owner was airbrushed away. The examples of this are bountiful, but we’ve pictured this one because – oh, the irony – the image was supposed to be an advertisement for “professional quality photos”. Cheers to that.


5 Brilliant Women Who Shaped the World’s Future

They say that behind every great man there is an even greater woman, but history acknowledges the importance of some brilliant women who shaped the world’s future with their groundbreaking contributions in the fields of mathematics, computing, medicine, astronomy, science and medicine and today we will search the archives in order to find those female personalities who opened the doors of knowledge and enlightenment and who became immortal mentors for the generations to come. Let’s praise these ladies as they deserve and see how their minds pushed the world to the evolutionary level it is today.

Sophie Germain (1776 – 1831)

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She was born and she grew up in an era when women weren’t allowed to access large quantities of academic information and were definitely not allowed to go to mathematics or engineering colleges, like men were. But her social and political context didn’t stop Sophie Germain to convince famous French mathematician Joseph Lagrange to acknowledge her talent in mathematics and to mentor her, together with other brilliant minds in France. Sophie Germain is the first woman to be awarded by the French Academy of Sciences and her proving of Fermat Theory is fundamental for mathematics even today.

Maria Mitchell (1818 – 1889)

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It was a big step for the U.S. to send a man on the moon, but if we’re taking a look back to the famous and brilliant women who shaped the world’s future, we can’t skip Maria Mitchell, the first professional female astronomer in the United States and the first woman to become a member of the American Academy of Science (in 1848). She received international fame as an astronomer because, by using a telescope, she discovered a comet wearing the name of Miss Mitchell Comet.

Augusta Ada Byron a.k.a. Ada Lovelace (1815 – 1852)

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She was the daughter of famous poet Lord Byron, but she never got the chance to meet him. Nor become a poet, for that matter, as little Ada was rather inclined towards the hard sciences and was encouraged by her mother to embrace mathematics and sciences, so she wouldn’t become so sensitive, emotional and vulnerable like her father. Ada Lovelace started a long written correspondence with mathematician Charles Babbage, who asked her to translate into Italian a complex paper which was assumed to be able to solve simple mathematical operations. But Ada did more than that, she also included into the paper her own method of obtaining the desired calculations, thus her name being synonym with the earliest and most ancient computers and programming languages.

Rita Levi – Montalcini (1909 – 2012)

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This is perhaps one of the most important female figures in the world of medicine and neuroscience, as she was one of the two researchers who discovered the nerve growth factor (NGF)

is a small secreted protein that is important for the growth, maintenance, and survival of certain target neurons.

Together with research partner Stanley Cohen, Rita Levi – Montalcini received a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1986. The Italian neuroscientist had been the oldest living Nobel laureate and the first ever to reach a 100th birthday and her work helped build the foundations of neurosciences as we know them now.

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova (1937 – )

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This post – Soviet era heroine is now a retired cosmonaut and engineer, but history remembers her as being the first woman to have flown in space. But old habits and passions die hard, as reports showed last year that Valentina openly offered to go on a one-way trip to Mars if her services were needed and the opportunity was viable.

Now all these brilliant women who shaped the world’s future need to be remembered and praised every chance we have, as they dared to go where others have never gone before and come back with breakthroughs in mathematics, medicine and outer – space knowledge. And for that, we all should be grateful to them.