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^this is the image I fell in love with – <3 <3 <3 this stunning dress

road trip post earlier in the week needed a facelift… Thanks to wetbehindthears (new favorite) who had the entire editorial shot by Solve Sundsbo of model Julia Stegner.  I had been searching for this spread since September!!! This first image was used in my Parsons application collage… Solve Sundsbo did a beautiful job with this fashion editorial.

This editorial represents everything beautiful about a road trip… here is one of main musical staples, band Blue Merle.  My friend Tinsley burnt me a copy of their album Burning in the Sun nearly five years ago.  Blue Merle has a nice relaxing sound, perfect for getting in the driving zone.

photography: Solve Sundsbo, model: Julia Stegner

so, for the past few months I have been increasing my physical activity and eating smaller more healthy portions (you know the drill).  b;ah blah blah I had almost entirely cut sweets out of my diet when yesterday out of nowhere insane chocolate cravings hit me.  This was/has been an irrational unexplainable feeling  :)

Instead of resisting and putting myself in a torturous hell, I am giving in for 24 hours (2 hours left).  So this post is dedicated to a glorious momentary chocolate addiction, whenever yours strikes.  Bon appetite (if this happens to you opt for dark chocolate or carob! – Read below to see research attempt to support my problem)

Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get. Forrest Gump in “Forrest Gump” (1994)

model: Heidi Klum, source: Wetbehindtheears

source: babble

source: sanders candy

source: worthingtonlibraries

pictured: chocolate spiral pastry, source: jkitchenlog

authors: John Scharffenberger & Robert Steinberg, title: The Essence of Chocolate: Recipes for Baking and Cooking with Fine Chocolate

source: Love in the Dark

Just to Justify this all I did some research…

Love in the Dark

For years health experts have lauded the health benefits of dark chocolate – here are the reasons why

By Bev Bennett – CTW Features

Chocolate: it’s intense, luscious, rich and highly caloric. And, it’s good for you. So good, in fact, that chocolate is mentioned in the University of Michigan Healing Foods Pyramid (www.med.umich.edu/umim).

“I think chocolate is really good for you,” says Dr. Timothy S. Harlan, who runs the food and nutrition Web site, http://www.drgourmet.com.

Chocolate contains antioxidants that may reduce your LDL (bad) cholesterol, reduce your risk of blood clots and increase blood flow. It may also improve your mood by boosting the endorphin levels in your brain, according to the University of Michigan’s department of Integrative Medicine.

What a sweet deal!

But before you rush off to the supermarket for your favorite chocolate brand you should know a few things to get the greatest health benefit from this indulgence. Cocoa solids, the product of cocoa bean processing, are the source of antioxidants that may provide health benefits.

The greater the percentage of cocoa solids, the more antioxidants you’re likely to get, says Jenna Wunder, R.D., with the University of Michigan Department of Integrative Medicine. You’ll see the percentage given on the label of most high-quality dark chocolate bars.

“We recommend 70 percent or more. The higher the quality the better,” says Wunder.

You’ll find chocolate bars delivering up to 85 percent cocoa (usually expressed as percentage of cacao, the seeds of the cacao tree used to make cocoa, chocolate and cocoa butter) in your supermarket. A new 91 percent bittersweet chocolate, called Choclatique 1-91, was recently introduced.

When manufacturers increase the percentage of cocoa solids in a chocolate bar, they decrease the sugar and other ingredients. Take a taste. If the chocolate is too bitter, you’re not going to enjoy the experience.

Unfortunately milk chocolate doesn’t confer the same advantages as the dark version. Milk binds to the antioxidants in chocolate making them unavailable (In fact, you shouldn’t drink milk while you’re eating dark chocolate.), Wunder says. As healthful as dark chocolate is, moderation is still key, say health professionals.

“At its baseline, a bar of chocolate is good for you. It does have a lot more calories [than many other foods] and that’s where people get into trouble,” says Dr. Harlan. An ounce of dark chocolate, the amount of chocolate that fits into the center of your hand, has about 140 calories and 9 grams total fat.

Purchase chocolate by the ounce so you’re not tempted to overdo it, says Wunder. Enjoy chocolate in place of another snack that’s high in calories and fat, but without the antioxidants, or combine chocolate with fruit so you’re getting the potential of both foods.

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Health Benefits of Chocolate

By , About.com Guide

Updated April 26, 2009

Why is Dark Chocolate Healthy?

Chocolate is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. These benefits are from flavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries). Flavonoids also help relax blood pressurethrough the production of nitric oxide, and balance certain hormones in the body.

Heart Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate:

Dark chocolate is good for your heart. A small bar of it everyday can help keep your heart and cardiovascular system running well. Two heart health benefits of dark chocolate are:

Lower Blood Pressure: Studies have shown that consuming a small bar of dark chocolate everyday can reduce blood pressure in individuals with high blood pressure.

Lower Cholesterol: Dark chocolate has also been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) by up to 10 percent.

Chocolate also holds benefits apart from protecting your heart:

  • it tastes good
  • it stimulates endorphin production, which gives a feeling of pleasure
  • it contains serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant
  • it contains theobromine, caffeine and other substances which are stimulants

That means only 1/3 of the fat in dark chocolate is bad for you.

Read on…

Vogue online had a discussion on the “Lolita” trend that is ever-so-present this spring summer 2010.  After reading the article, it was obvious that there has been a “youthquake” on the runway this  season.  Overalls, babydoll dresses, pig tails, bows, bright colors (the list goes on) – Like most trends that are initially resisted… I know it is only a matter of time ;D

Also, note that most models that are in advertisements & runways today are under eighteen years of age… yet with the clothes and make up appear to be much older women.  Just some food for thought while digesting this post.

A little Background:

Lolita (1955) is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov, first written in English and published in 1955 in Paris, later translated by the author intoRussian and published in 1958 in New York. The book is internationally famous for its innovative style and infamous for its controversial subject: the protagonist and unreliable narrator, middle aged Humbert Humbert, becomes obsessed and sexually involved with a twelve-year-old girl named Dolores Haze.

After its publication, Nabokov’s Lolita attained a classic status, becoming one of the best-known and most controversial examples of 20th century literature. The name “Lolita” has entered pop culture to describe a sexually precocious young girl. The novel was adapted to film in 1962 and again in 1997.

Lolita is listed in the TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.[1] It is fourth on the Modern Library‘s 1998 list of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th century.

source: Wikipedia-lolita

No one in the early 1960’s thought Nabakov’s novel ‘Lolita’ could be made into a film. The protagonist of Lolita is a pedophile lusting after ‘nymphets’ – specifically, L

olita. Kubrick had his sights set of making Lolita as soon as the wrap was put on his previous film ‘Spartacus.’ Kubrick managed to pull off Lolita and it was greeted with articles like this one from Life. “Yes, they did it: ‘Lolita IS a movie” the headline exclaimed.



source: Style.com

pictures explaining this bizarre post…

source: Lolita’s In Betweens

movie: Lolita 1962

source: Lolita’s In Betweens

source: impawards

source: Lolita 1997

source: bl.uk

Examples from runways this season:

runway: Prada Spring 2010 ready to wear, designer: , model: Lui Wen, source: Style.com

runway: Backstage Prada Spring 2010 ready to wear, designer: , models: Rasa Zukauskaite & Alisa Matviychuk, source: style.com

runway: Backstage Prada Spring 2010 ready to wear, designer: , models: Kake Lindgard & Bregje Heinen, source: Style.com

runway: Backstage Prada Spring 2010 ready to wear, designer: , model: Lui Wen, source: Style.com

runway: Moschino Cheap & Chic Spring 2010, designer: Rosella Jardini, model: Debora Muller, source: Style.com

runway: Moschino Cheap & Chic Spring 2010, designer: Rosella Jardini, model: Skye Stracke, source: Style.com

runway: Christopher Kane Spring 2010, model: Anabela Belikova, source: Style.com

runway: Christopher Kane Spring 2010, model: Katie Fogarty, source: Style.com

runway: Christopher Kane Spring 2010, source: Style.com

runway: Backstage Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2010, model: Frida Gustavsson , source: Style.com

runway: Backstage Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2010, models: Nimue Smit, Jac, & Julija Steponaviciute , source: Style.com

runway: Details Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2010 , source: Style.com

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runway: Chex Altuzarra Spring 2010

runway: Cynthia Steffe

runway: Nicole Farhi Spring 2010 (I like this modern take on the overall – a bit more high fashion & flattering?)

model: Nicole Richie, source: glamourvanity

model: Drew Barrymore, source: img.listal (want these!)

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