Halloween is coming and we have to think about how we are going to party for it ! Here are 5 great ideas of treats for your 31st of October :
1.Little cake pops
Cake pops are the new tendancy of these weeks. They are little cakes on a stick, which you can eat fast, on-the-go for example. It’s quite easy to bake and you can choose a lot of different ideas to represent.
2. Nice cute cupcakes
Cupcakes are great. A dry cake with a butter cream on top. Just like the cake pops, you can bring them everywhere, but be careful not to spread cream everywhere !
3. A big big friendly pumpkin cake
A big fat cake is great to make, but it will take you a lot of time and ingredients. Indeed you will need tons of sugar and flour to bake a really high cake.
4. A frightening cemetery cheesecake
Cheesecake: cream cheese, biscuit and toppings. Oreo cookies can definetely replace the dirt and little cookies with drawings can be the graves. Boo !
5. The unforgettable mason jar with candy corn !
Candy Corn is “the” Halloween candy. You see them everywhere and they are not simply good to eat, but they are so beautiful that you will want to put them anywhere as decoration.
Who doesn’t know Kanye West? Some of you may recognise him beacause of his incredible music career, some others may identify him as the Kardashian’s husband or even as the new fashion phenomenon.
Kanye West, since his childhood, has been into art and especially poetry and music. At only twelve years old, he wrote and sold his first hip hop’s composition. Moreover, at the end of the 90’s, Kanye West studied at Chicago’s Univeristy of Art for 6 months before deciding to dedicate his life to music.
Kanye soon started to collaborate with many famous artists such as Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson or even Jay-Z, by being their producer. Eventually, he realeased his first album solo The College Dropout in 2004. The latter has won 3 Grammy Awards. The College Dropout is qualified as the best album of the year by The New York Times and Time Magazine, which ranks Kanye among the 100 most influential celebrities in the world. On top of that, in December 2009, Entertainment Weekly would design Kanye’s first album solo as the “best album of the decade”.
30-year-old Kanye released his third album, Graduation, on September 11th 2007 which represents the most sold album since 50 Cent’s album The Massacre, in 2005. In this album, we can hear the well-know French group Daft Punk on the title “Stronger”, which is a remake of “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”. The song is considered as the best featuring of the year. This album symbolises the start of his international success. At this point, every single album of Kanye has known a phenomenal success, especially in America.
Once again, Kanye surprised us on Twitter, in February 2016, by announcing a brand new album named The Life Of Pablo. His well-known family, The Kardashians contributed to the whole promotion, thanks to the incredible number of followers they have.
Kanye West is also known for being a fashion victim. As he has a very strong image in the media, luxury brands try to use his fame in commercials or collections. For instance, in 2009, Louis Vuitton collaborated with Kanye West for a sneaker collection. Furthermore, Nike increased their sales with a new design made by K.West named “Yeezy”, which can be sold for about $3000 (10 times more expensive than its initial price.)
On October 1st 2011, during the Paris Fashion Week, Kanye invited around 50 people to premiere his women’s fashion label, DW Kanye West. His debut fashion show received mixed-to-negative reviews. On February 11 2015, West premiered his Yeezy Season 3 clothing line at Madison Square Garden in conjunction with the previewing of his album The Life of Pablo.
Most of you may know Kanye West for his relationship with the world famous reality star : Kim Kardashian. West began dating longtime friend Kim Kardashian in April 2012. They became engaged in October 2013, and married on May 24, 2014 at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy. They have two children: one daughter named North West and a son named Saint West (and not South, lol). In April 2015, West and Kardashian traveled to Jerusalem to have North baptized in the Armenian Apostolic Church at the Cathedral of St. James, because of the Armenian’s origins of KKW. The couple’s high status and respective careers have resulted in their relationship becoming subject to heavy media coverage; The New York Times referred to their marriage as “a historic blizzard of celebrity.”
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The Leftovers is a TV drama series airing on the famous American channel HBO which is also quite known for producing other award receiving tv shows such as Game of Thrones, True Blood or Six Feet Under. It now has 2 seasons and the third one is to premiere in October 2016.
The Leftovers stars actor Justin Theroux (who’s now Jennifer Anniston’s boyfriend by the way), Amy Brenneman, Margaret Qualley, Christopher Eccleston and Liv Tyler.
The series is quite particular in my opinion because the plot is very unique. Indeed we follow the main characters in their life 3 years after the tragic and unexplained disapperearence of 2% of the world’s population on October 14th. As you can expect, the whole world is rocked and traumatized by the miraculous event.
The main character, Kevin Garvey (potrayed by Justin Theroux) is a police officer in a small town in the state of New York called Mapleton. Kevin lives with his teenage daughter but he used to live with his wife and son as well.
Nonetheless, Kevin’s wife and son didn’t disappear like the 2% of the population of the world, they both left their home and family, by choice. They both went their separate ways to support their social convictions because it happens that they found two group leaders, or gurus, who have a major influence and hold on them.
At the very beginning of the series, Kevin’s wife Laurie, is already with her sect called The Guilty Remnant. The Guilty Remnant is a very odd working sect with unique particularities; they only dress in white, they’re mute by choice and only communicate by writing, they have to smoke cigarettes all the time, they follow people, stalk them and stay in front of their houses in order to be ”living reminders” of the October 14 event.
The first season of the series is in my opinion quite disturbing – not that it changes for the rest of the series – because very strange and random events happen all the time. Moreover, the dialogues and relationships between the characters are also particular. All that creates an unsettling atmosphere but also a very catchy series that you absolutely want to continue to know its outcome and the truth.
Moreover, the psychology of the characters is quite well developed. First of all, in the very first episodes, we learn that Kevin’s father was also chief of police but had an early retirement because he was schizophrenic. Thus we see Kevin visit him in the psychiatric hospital where he confesses to his father that he has been seeing unreal and crazy things…
To sum it all up, I could say that The Leftovers is a one of a kind tv show that surprises the viewer as soon as he watches the first episode. As a matter of fact, when I first watched the show, I was completely unsettled and didn’t understand the concept of the series, but I’m very glad I continued it!
The Second Amendment to the United States’ constitution is “the right to keep and bear arms”. In fact, America is a state controlled by fear and it’s been the case since their construction and their independence .
As a result, it is a real problem in this country: there are indeed a gap between the pro-gun and the anti-gun.
Let’s take the example of Starbuck’s coffee. This is a transnational firm. The CIO published an article in which he asked his customers not to enter his shop with guns in order to respect the others and to be in a peaceful ambiance. Indeed, for the CIO, Starbuck is a place where you can relax yourself between work and home.
Unfortunately, this request was just carried out for 24 hours due to the boycott of the pro-guns in his café.
The problem is that it is a sensitive subject in the United States: Barack Obama tries to deal with it but he can’t really find the words to approach this. Obviously, the pro-guns do not agree with the ban on guns even in the public area.
This question could not be resolved by the fist presidential mandate due to the fact that they clearly want to be reelected at the next election and if they prohibit guns they are sure that they are not going to be chosen again. It goes without saying that it will separate the country into two clans. Moreover, another problem is that they refuse to modify the Bill of Rights considered as the core of the nation.
The “right to keep and bear arms” is more and more contentious because we can notice a lot of gunfires. Indeed, the law is different according to the states in which you live: for example in Illinois, it is really complicated to obtain a “gun license” while it is easy in Montana among other things.
To conclude, I will add a “weird example”: Kinder eggs are forbidden because of the toy inside (kids could die with it) while you can have a firearm without any problem!
This summer, I had the opportunity to spend 3 weeks in Japan with the organization I take my Japanese classes with. Indeed , I have been studying Japanese for 2 years now and I’ve always wanted to visit the country. The culture, the habits there, are totally different and it amazed me how little we know about different cultures around the world.
I stayed in Japan from July 7th to July 27th. I spent the first 2 weeks in Tenri, a rather small town near Nara , and 1 hour or so away from Osaka and Kyoto. In Tenri, I was hosted by religious believers in the Tenrikyo (天理教) faith, a religion that is practiced by more than 2 million people. During those two weeks, I had Japanese classes in the morning, from 9 to 12. Prior to that we had a test and were then put into small groups of 8 people according to our level in the language. One thing that I really appreciated was the diversity. American, Spanish, Ukrainian, Thai, Chinese, Taiwanese and Korean people were also taking part in the trip and I was delighted to be in the same class as some of them. It was a good way of practicing my Japanese as a lot of them didn’t speak English.
Although I stayed in Tenri, I spent a fair amount of time out of town, and went to Nara for a day and to Kyoto twice! One afternoon, I got the chance to try on a yukata (traditional outfit) and experience a tea ceremony. It was so fun and interesting, I actually bought a yukata for myself when I went to the Gion festival in Kyoto (祇園祭). On July 17th, I went to Osaka alone for a concert called the SMTown which is an event organized by the entertainment company called SM, with all of their artists such as SHINee, Red velvet or Exo. It was an amazing night, one of the best concerts I ever went to; it felt surreal to finally see my favorite artists live!
July 21st was the day I had to leave Tenri. I felt extremely sad because I’ll probably never see all the friends I made there ever again.
On that day, I took the train with the other French people to Hiroshima; I stayed there from the 21st to the 22nd. The first thing we did when we arrived was to eat Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) , Hiroshima’s specialty (a sort of sandwich with scrambled eggs). It was absolutely delicious!
Then we visited the Peace memorial museum.
I was brought to tears by the atrocity of the bombing’s aftermath, the number of deaths and testimonies left by the survivors. The next day, we took a boat to Miyajima (宮島), an island near Hiroshima. We saw the Torii (大鳥居), as well as the Senjokaku (千畳閣). I love Japanese traditional architecture and temples, so this experience was wonderful to me !
We stayed there for the day then headed to Kyoto. We stayed there for two days, from the 22nd to the 24th. When we arrived, it was so late we just had time to look at the neighborhood and unpack. The next day we visited a few temples such as the Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺) and the Ryoan-ji (竜安寺) and spent the rest of the time sightseeing and shopping.
On the 24th,we attended the second part of the Gion festival. It was very impressive as it was my first time seeing the parade. We had a great time all day, but we had to cut it short to go to Tokyo.
Tokyo. Ever since I knew about Japan, I have always dreamed of going there. The first thing we did after unpacking and letting our luggage at the hotel was to go to Akihabara (秋葉原), which is a metro station away from the place we stayed at. It’s a district centered around Games and the Japanese entertainment goods (everything revolving around anime and manga basically). We ate there and went to a maid cafe which was really nice, but a bit creepy. A maid cafe is a cafe (wow) where there are only waitresses, very young for the most part, dressed like anime characters or in a certain fashion, often cute. These cafes are mostly targeting young to middle-aged men. I asked my waitress about her age and she told me she was 17! You have to cast magic spells to order food and you get a Polaroid with one of the waitresses at the end, so it’s still a fun experience, but as I was the only girl in the cafe, I felt a bit uneasy, uncomfortable . The next two days went by very quickly and we visited a lot of things, but as I wasn’t very good at managing money, I didn’t have much left when we arrived in Tokyo so I couldn’t enjoy the city as much as I wanted to.
Tokyo… I wasn’t disappointed, but I prefer cities like Kyoto or Osaka which are less big, cold, and urbanized. Tokyo reminded me of New York because of its tall skyscrapers and the amount of people on the street. It felt cold because everyone walked quickly and wasn’t as relaxed as in other cities I previously visited. If I ever go back to Japan, I wish to visit Osaka more, because I only went there for a day, as well as Kyoto because I love it so much.
It was at the beginning of the year 2016, the model Victoire Maçon Dauxerre created the controversy with her book which denounces the diktat of the thinness in the fashion world. In her book, she tells her story with this twisted world and what it imposes.
She was 18 years old when she was accepted in a model-agency. She was tall already. But she had to lose weight to participate in the fashion shows. She was eating less and less until she weighed 103 lbs (47 kg). So she began to fall into the vicious circle of anorexia. She was thinner and thinner but she found herself fatter and fatter and awful. She was locked in a depreciation of herself because of the photographs which were edited all the time. The models were beautiful just for their thinness. But, one day, her mother walked into the bathroom and saw her daughter skinny as never before. She forced Victoire to eat and to gain weight. She finally left this world and gave up her life as a model.
Following this event, a publisher offered Victoire to write a book on her story about anorexia, her vision of the fashion-world, etc. She said : “There’s a real code of silence in the industry.” But the fact that she broke this silence made the situation evolve. Some laws were adopted because of her story to ban any model who was in under-nutrition.
We can see two photos of Victoire. The first one was taken when she was anorexic, the second a few months after her departure from the fashion-world. We can see a significant difference between the two images. She looks healthier in the second one and much happier.
Unfortunately, her story isn’t a special case. A lot of models suffer from anorexia and the need to conform to beauty standards. More recently, in September 2016, the dauphine of Miss Italy was judged too fat to be awarded the title of Miss Italy.
But more and more people rise up for a change of mentality in the way we look at Women. And Victoria is one of them.
Here we are, back from vacation. I’ve spent a long part of my life visiting Greece, and today I’m about to share a bit of what I discovered. Of course, there are great beaches, amazing food… But I decided to show you the little things each island has more than the others. Let’s start with the Cyclades.
Paros is definitely my favorite island of all times. I could talk about it for hours. The Capital city, Parikia, is a beautiful and welcoming port where we can find a lot of amazing restaurants such as the Taverna Giannoulis. There, you can eat amazing Pita Gyros (for only 2.5€ !). There is also a wonderful white-sand beach, named Martselo, where you sould definetely go !
Antiparos is the little island just in front of Paros. I’m not sure you should spend more than 4 days there because there is not much to see. You can find great ice creams at Vicky’s home made ice creams and cakes. They are fabulous ! I also suggest that you spend the night walking though the streets, going to the shops, to the bars… Everything is open until midnight (on average of course) To reach this island, you can take a little ferryboat, which will allow you to see Paros’ sport beach of Golden Beach.
Naxos is another island of the Cyclades. You can mostly go to visit some museums (including the Apollon Door : a beautiful arch you need to see.) You can also go shopping, you will find a lot of famous brands such as Jet Black.
Serifos is a great island, a lot wilder than the three previous ones. But you’d love it if you wanted to take your backpack, a map, sunglasses and bottles of water. I spent one day hiking there and I was glad; at the very end of the day, you can rest at a table in a café, next to some little Souvenir Shops.
Santorini is the most famous island of the Cyclades, and maybe one of the most famous Greek Islands. Contrary to Serifos, it is so well known that you will find there even more French and American people than Greek people. Be careful with your budget too, I wanted to drink a fresh orange juice (what we usually drink there) and it cost 6€ !! You can reach the top of the island on foot, taxi or donkey. I suggest that you watch the sunset in a restaurant, you will have the greatest view you’ve ever seen !
Milos is one of my favorites, because it’s singular. And special. I discovered a beach, a wonderful one. Its name is Sarakiniko and it’s a lunar beach. It looks like you are having a bath in the middle of the moon. I went through this island with a jeep, and it was great to discover hidden places that are not mentioned in any guide.
To conclude, I spent a long time visiting Greece with the help of the Blue Star Ferries (I usually took them in the middle of the night, the funny part of the trip), and I have a lot of things to say about it. I’d love to talk about Kalymnos, Astypalea, Poros… Maybe later…?