Sunday, June 29, 2008

Runway report - 2nd impression

Yves Saint Laurent:
has to be my number 1. Love all the pants. Love the looks.

Raf Simons:
Shortest - Shorter - Short

Maison Martin Margiela:
1st look: the cool guy - nice boots.
2nd look: never seen a suit sit so well on a body.
3rd look: want to see the 1st straight guy wear the paillette-pants.

Dries Van Noten:
He is and will always be the print-man and he keeps on doing it well: dare to match prints and colors.

Comme des Garcons:
"In the end, black is best," said Adrian Joffe as he fished for a rationale for his wife Rei Kawakubo latest collection "And she's always loved men in skirts." - men.style.com

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Mommy, I want a treat! part 3


Coconuts.
While I was hanging out in the jungle and reef of the tropical north of Australia, I had the pleasure and the honor of drinking and eating fresh coconut.
Why it's not only a pleasure to eat coconuts but just an absolute honor??
This is WHY:
*Coconut meat might be high in saturated fat, but it contains less sugar and more protein than lets say bananas (LOVE them too) and it's high in minerals.
*Coconut water which contains sugar, fibre, proteins, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, can be used as a sports drink. It's high in potassium and minerals which helps the body recover from exercise.
It is naturally fat-free and low in food energy - 16.7 calories per 100gr.
*Coconut oil can help in weight loss and poison recovery.
*Coconut oil is excellent as a skin moisturizer and softener - wack it on your face and hair!
*Coconut water can be used as an intravenous fluid - !!!
*In the Philipines people fuel their cars with coconut oil - !!!
*Aircraft Fuel - During February 2008, a mixture of coconut oil and babassu oil was used to partially power one engine of a Boeing 747, in a biofuel trial sponsored by Virgin Atlantic - ???!!!!
*Drained coconuts can be filled with gun powder and used as improvised boms.... NOT recommended!

And last but not least: it absolutely smells divine!

source: wikipedia

Thursday, June 26, 2008

I think a baby ate my dingo - part 2

Tropical North Queensland. I love it!
It has the oldest rain forest in the world AND it has 1 of 7 wonders of the world: The Great Barrier Reef.
After driving through the rain forest and trying to spot crocodiles (they're everywhere, but not the day I went of course... lame!) I needed something more adventurous and opposite of the LAND. What else can it be than the SEA.
A trip to the reef was not an option but a MUST.
Talking about some hardcore eco-tourism!

Anyway, here are some things I think are necessary for the big swim:

* Sea sickness tablets....
Of course, I had to go to the Outer Reef. Which is... yes... far from the land... AND i had to go when the ocean was so rough, some of the boats didn't sail out because tourists would drown....
So imagine a 1 hour boat ride, with the boat jumping up meters high. People clinging on to the rail trying to vomit over the edge.
Luckily, the Confirming Friend ate 3 sea sickness tablets right before we left AND kept on eating herbal ginger tablets throughout the day.
It was a bit rough on the stomach, but I didn't get sick AND I could even enjoy lunch and biscuits on the boat!
Just remember to eat them the whole day through, because there is also a return trip ...


* Underwater camera's
Your partner and yourself should both have one. Being more adventurous and faster and just more adhd than my partner, i was happy to have a camera of my own. Otherwise it would have been a pointing and shouting in the water through my snorkel and the boat people probably would have mistaken it for me drowning...
Also, it's fun taking pictures of fish and of your partners ass in the water.

* Sun Tan Lotion. SPF 30
Rub your back MORE than your front... Thinking of the wrinkles on my face, I plastered my face with the lotion and tried to put some on my back.
But the impatient-ness kicked in and I jumped in the water and snorkeled like no other Confirming Friend can snorkel!
Result: burnt back. Luckily it's winter now, so it's only 27C and the sun is less hardcore than in summer...

* Keep your hands and feet high enough
You don't want to mess with some of the coral... And you don't want to have fish attacking you. Mind you, most fish are nice, but if I was to be a fish and I had tourists hanging over me watching every step I do, and trying to touch me.... F***, I'd bite one just for fun!

That's about it!
No need to bring snorkel gear as the boats provide everything you want.... you also pay enough money to do such a trip... but it was worth it!!!!!!
The Confirming Friend loves the Aristocat boat and it's crew.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Runway Report - 1st impression

While is was browsing on men.style.com, i noticed the following:
Prada:
Men have to show off their stomach and wear rubber jackets.
If you wouldn't see an image with this, I'd say you think I'm talking about gay prostitutes...


Jil Sander:
Geometrics to the max! And lots of bright colors that come with it.


Burberry Prorsum:
Girls... start digging in your boyfriends closet! Cardigans, looooong t-shirts, scarves and sweaters in soft fabrics.

I think the baby ate my dingo - part 1

The Confirming Friend is in Port Douglas - TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND.
So, besides swimming in the reef and hanging out in the rainforest, she'll try and update you and find good stuff to inform you about!

1st report:
rode the bike to Mossman Gorge.
20 km from Port Douglas... that makes 40km. It's far. Very far.
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Why watch a river standing up if you can lay down and hang from the rail.


Nothing to say anymore... We are tired.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Banana-rama



Why the Confirming Friend eats a banana every morning?
Jogging for an hour on an empty stomach every morning, and then go to work is pretty hardcore. Therefor I include a banana in my diet every morning as breakfast.
Good thing I do this. Here are some more reasons why you should eat bananas:

*Bananas consist mainly of sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose) and fiber, which makes them ideal for an immediate and slightly prolonged source of energy.

*Reducing Depression - yihaaaa! no more xtc! just munch bananas on a party!
Bananas contain tryptophan, an aminoacid that can be converted to serotonin, leading to improved mood
Anemia
Bananas are relatively high in iron, which helps the body's hemoglobin function

*Mosquito Bites - where are these f****ng banana-peels at night????
Many people report that rubbing the inside of a banana peel on a mosquito bite is very effective in reducing itching and swelling

*Stress Relief - grow a banana tree at work!
Bananas are high in potassium, which helps normalize the hearthbeat and regulate the body's water balance. During periods of high stress, our body's potassium levels tend to be rapidly depleted: eating bananas is a healthy way to rebalance them without using drugs

*Constipation and Diarrhea
Due to their content in fiber, they help restore a normal bowel function. In addition, diarrhea usually depletes your body of important electrolytes (of which the most important is potassium, contained in high amounts in bananas). They also contain pectin, a soluble fiber (hydrocolloid) that can help normalize movement through the digestive tract.

*Eyesight Protection - Chanel glasses in the bin!
Research published in the Archives of Ophthalmology has proven that adults consuming at least 3 servings of fruit per day have a reduced risk (by 36%) of developing age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults, compared to persons who consume less than 1.5 servings of fruit daily.

*After Colon Cleanse eat bananas
Bananas are an exceptionally rich source of fructooligosaccharide, a compound that nourishes probiotic (friendly) bacteria in the colon. These beneficial bacteria produce enzymes that increase our digestive ability and protect us from unhealthy bacteria infections. Thanks to fructooligosaccharides, probiotic bacteria can increase both in number and functionality, increasing our body's ability to absorb calcium.
In addition, green bananas contain indigestible short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that are very nutrient to the cells that make up the mucosa of the stomach. These cells, when healthy, absorb calcium much more efficiently, Therefor: Healthy Bones

*Healthy Kidney
About 190,000 cases of kidney cancer are diagnosed each year.
Research published in the International Journal of Cancer has shown that daily consumption of whole fruits and vegetables, especially bananas, is highly protective to kidney health. The results show that, over a long timeframe (13.4 years), women eating more than 2.5 servings of fruits and vegetable per day cut their risk of kidney cancer by 40%. Among the fruits, bananas were especially protective. Women eating bananas four to six times a week halved their risk of developing the disease compared to those who did not eat this fruit. The conclusion of the study is that frequent consumption of fruits and vegetables, especially bananas, cabbage and root vegetables, may reduce risk of kidney cancer. This is because bananas and many root vegetables contain especially high amounts of antioxidant phenolic compounds, while cabbage is rich in sulfur, necessary for effective detoxification of potential carcinogens.

*Morning Sickness - can't wait to get pregnant...
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood-sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Smoking
Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. They contain vitamins B6 and B12 they contain, as well as potassium and magnesium: these substances help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

*Ulcers
This is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicle cases. It also helps reduce acidity and reduces irritation. Bananas stimulate the cells on the internal stomach lining to produce a thicker mucus (which protects against acid). Additionally, bananas contain protease inhibitors that help eliminate bacteria in the stomach that have been pinpointed as a primary cause of ulcers.

*Stroke Risk
According to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can reduce the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%

http://bananasweb.com/bananas/Health+Benefits+of+Bananas

Dutch and Tits




What do I need to do to look like her???
Aaaaaaaaaaaah!

I think I'll consider a boob job, a front tooth-removal, some piercings, go blonde and start some serious chain-smoking.
That'll do...

I remember the day I 1st met her, she was only 19, and I seriously didn't see anything special about her.
She was dating a friend of mine and I could hardly believe she was a model. (she REALLY didn't look like one)
Ok, I admit, I loved her gap...... In her teeth of course, duh!
But I've always loved gaps! Cool girls had gaps: Vanessa Paradis or that Belgian Ralph Lauren model Tanga.
Anyway,
today, Lara has got to be my favorite model!
And I love she's the favorite of French Vogue, which is also my most favorite magazine of ALL magazines.


Who's your favorite model??

Monday, June 16, 2008

Vans



A good pair of sneakers is necessary in your wardrobe.
The Confirmng Friend used to love high top Nikes or Reeboks.
But the ones that are really important to me now (and always have been) are Vans.
I'd say I even prefer a good pair of Vans above a pair of Converse!
When I say a good pair of Vans, I mean the men's classic lace ups (no slip ons and no high tops)
I also think every boy/guy should have a couple of pairs...
A bit of History:
Founded on March 15, 1966 by Steve Van Doren in Southern California, it was originally known as Van Doren Rubber Company. The shoes were primarily aimed to the skateboarder/surfer youth market.
You know that at first, Vans shoes were produced in the store??
Vans would take a custom order from the customer, then have it ready for pick-up a few days later.
- you can still do this online if you want -
In the 70's slip on Vans got really popular all over the States, but they gain international attention and appeal when in 1982 they are worn by Sean Penn in the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. (Sean... you gotta love him)
The rest of the story is pretty boring:
Vans goes bankrupt... They sell the company to an investment bank firm, and HUPSA, they are out of miserie and on the international market!
Today: Sold in skateshops around the world, who cares about the history??!! They're awesome shoes!

BUY VANS!
BUY VANS!
BUY VANS!

(if i keep repeting it, who knows, Vans gives me a pair for free when they read this!)

Friday, June 13, 2008

I LOVE HAIRY SKIN

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FUR: Fur is a body hair of any non-human mammal, also known as the pelage. It may consist of short ground hair, long guard hair, and, in some cases, medium awn hair. (wikipedia)

The Confirming Friend is in doubt whether FUR should be banned out of fashion or if it should be used.
Is it alright?
Or is it EVIL?
Let's reason about it!
Some opinions:
*Buying an old fur from a second hand store, I believe, can't do any harm.
The animal has died more than 20 years ago, it's not that we freshly killed it AND If it wouldn't have died by humans attacking it for it's gorgeous skin, then it would be dead naturally by now anyway!
*If it's a rabbit fur, cow skin, sheepskin,... I could't care less... Only because I know we can eat those animals too.
Killing a rabbit for its fur and marinade the meat with prunes: you get the good stuff out of the whole animal!
Cow: a good steak and a good leather shoe.
Sheep/Lamb: delicious lambchops and a good bag!
*If it's elephant, crocodile, fox, zebra, tiger, bear, monkey, gorilla, ... I SAY NO!
I don't see why I'd wear an endangered animal or for example, a crocodile, an animal that's pre-historic! duh!
Also, I don't want to eat them. Chewing on gorilla-ears, mmm, NO.
*Baby seals.... beaten to death in Greenland, Iceland, Northpole. Immediatelly you'd say: poor animals! I agree.
But I reconsider this when it's killed by someone who lives there and again uses it's skin for protection AND eats it!
Don't get me wrong. I LOVE animals and I don't want to hurt any of them. But seals there, are like cows here.
(Seal-Shepherds pie, Seal-'stoverij')
Why not eat something else? Well, living in those cold and far away countries, you can imagine that importing fruit and vegetables is expensive. So what's around a lot, is sea food. Like literally, everthing that lives in the ocean.

I'd say, fur is exceptable when you use the animal completely: bones, fur, meat.
I'd say, 'endagered' fur is exceptable when you only have that to eat and you use the animal to survive: bones, fur, meat.
I'd say, fur is exceptable when you buy it vintage.
I'd say, fur is unexceptable when you kill the animal only use its fur as a fashion article. (Knowing we live in a time when there are so many fabrics to choose from)
I'd say, fur is unexcepatble when you can't eat the animal that it belongs from.

Pro's and Contra's about fur... Too many things to mention and too delicate to talk about.
Love animals and protect them against evil humans.
No against animal testing.
No against whale-hunting.
No against Chinese Fur farms.

Turning vegetarian?
No. I love meat. It's only a human thing. Animals eat animals. Humans eat animals.

PS: the picture above is ALL old 1960's vintage fur.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Festivals


If there is anything the Confirming Friend LOVES doing, is going to Festivals.
It's a place where people DANCE, have FUN, don't GIVE A SHIT, DRESS ridiculous, and last but not least: GET WASTED!
It's all about letting go and stepping into another world. A world of fun, seeing things differently and not care about anything else than the music and the people and the atmosphere...

I just went to We Love Sounds in the Hordern Pavillion in Sydney.
Cassius, Derrick Carter, !!!, Mix Master Mike, Bonde Do Role, Marc Houle, Theatre Of Disco, telefunken.....
I didn't go out in such a long time... It was absolutely amazing!
What else was good (and that counts for every festival): it's durig the day!! So no coming home when the sun is up for at least 5 hours already, but actually seeing the sun going under!

Things that are necessary on a festival:
*Free entrance. $150 for a party?????????
*Backstage passes - you want to get free drinks and hang out with the artists... Not to starfuck, but to use their decent clean chairs, tables, glasses AND TOILETS!!
*Easy FLAT shoes. You CAN look good with flat shoes.
*Get drunk BEFORE you go to the festival. The funniest is getting drunk in the car. Make sure you are a good driver. The Confirming Friend IS a good driver.
Why getting drunk before? Festivals usually mean: only beer for alcohol??? No thank you.... Beer makes you fat on top of the fact it tastes like crap and you have to drink 20 beers for the same effect of 2 vodka's.
(The Confirming Friend stopped drinking a while ago, but on a festival, we can make an exception)
*Bring your own food. Nothing is worse than getting sick after a festival-durum.
*Toilet paper...
*Ear plugs. You don't want to get deaf at 40. If you don't have earplugs: use your toilet paper. Make little balls out of the paper and squeeze it in those ears.
*Camera: just to take pics of the great and inspiring fluo-pink-long-haired boots, the great hairstyles, and the half-dead drunks.
*Big hot sweaters: when dancing in the Boiler room, you wear them all at once and loose weight! It's a complete work-out.

Let the Confirming Friend know more tips!
I'll Confirm if they are indeed good tips...

Mommy, I want a treat! part 2

Black sesame seed ice cream OR Green tea ice cream ....
I don't care for the good stuff or bad stuff that's in it. I JUST LOVE IT!

Avocado with some cracked pepper and salt.
Avocados contain oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may help to lower cholesterol.

Glass of hot skim milk (with Nesquik or Milo)
Makes you sleep better.

Kit Kat - Tim Tam - Dark Chocolate with Brazil nuts and raisins

The Confirming Friend likes a good treat.... Salty or Sweet...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

SALT WATER CLEANSE

What?
Do you know that an average middle-aged person can carry up to 7 kilo's of clogged up dirt in their colon????
Disgusting!!!!!!!!
So, cleaning out the irrigation can never do any harm.

How?
Take one liter of hot water. Put 2 teaspoons of sea-salt in it.
Drink it in one go, right after you woke up.
Saltwater doesn't get absorbed by the body. It sticks together and it will go right through your stomach into your colon and push it's way through until you are on the toilet...

What to expect?
Be aware: a colon cleanse is not a fun thing to do.
First of all: you run to the bathroom the whole day through. You can not go to work at all!
Secondly: you get emotional. A Colon Cleanse will purge old emotions and attitudes stored in the intestines.
Last but not least: it not only takes the bad things out, but the good stuff also. Make sure you get your Pro and Prebiotics in there again asap.

The Confirming Friend did NOT like it.
You might as well just drink a laxative tea... Sitting on the toilet the whole day AND yelling, crying, laughing, hyper, depressed ALL day long... No Thank You.
Eating only fruit and vegetables (no sugar and fried stuff) and drinking only water (no caffeine) cleanses you enough.

Proud owner of this skirt

Mommy, I want a treat!

Almonds:
-Good for the heart
-A one-ounce serving of almonds (about 23 almonds) is an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium and manganese, and a good source of fiber, copper, riboflavin, and phosphorus
-Antioxidant Overachiever

Kiwifruit:
-Packed with more vitamin C than an equivalent amount of orange.
-Premier Antioxidant Protection.
-Protection against Macular Degeneration - which means: you won't get as blind as a mole when you get old if you eat kiwifruit.
-Enjoying just a couple of kiwifruit each day may significantly lower your risk for blood clots and reduce the amount of fats (triglycerides) in your blood, therefore helping to protect cardiovascular health.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Flat nosed dogs


Need I say more??
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eum
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Ok, yes I need to say more:

PUGS!!!!! I love PUGS!
They look funny and they actually are!! That's because they know they look funny.
Same goes for me: I AM beautiful and funny because I actually LOOK beautiful and funny and I know I am! hahhahahaa!!
Kidding!!!!! .... no, actually i'm dead serious. ha!

We spies... we SLOW HANDS... you put the weights al around yourself!


The above title rings a bell??
Yes, SLOW HANDS: The Confirming Friends favorite Interpol song.

That being said,
anybody has COLD hands?

It's winter... YES PEOPLE... IN SYDNEY IT'S WINTER NOW! f******* f***** sh**! @#$%#@#@.
So yeah, anyone has cold hands???
Here's what to do:
1. Quit the rock'nroll look: tight ass jeans and smoking like a chimney. Blood vessels get clogged up by smoking and tight clothes restrict the blood from flowing.
2. Keep neck and wrists warm: primary blood vessels are located there and close to the surface of the skin.
keep it covered and warm.
3. Exercise! Keep that body moving. You get warm, burn calories and get a well toned body.
If you can't exercise, do the following: move arms, shoulders and make fists. You look like a fool, but you get warm.
The Confirming Friend doesn't care for what others think when she's cold.
4. LOVE HERBS
Cayenne pepper is The Confirming Friend's favorite: It will not only get the blood pumped around your body, but it will strengthen your heart, clear your arteries, and research has shown that hot herbs raise your metabolic rate by as much as 25%, so will assist in weight loss.
Cayenne is a wonderful herb!!
Ginger: Ginger stimulates all tissues of the body and is fantastic for poor circulation.
Garlic: It cleanses the blood and tones the heart and circulatory system.
Drink hot water with lemon juice. It cleanse out the liver. Liver is the heat producer of the body. aha!
5. Say to yourself: I'm not cold. I'm warm.
Relax the muscles. The more tense they are, the more cold.
Anxiety attacks are no help either. Therefor I am telling you to Breathe!
6. Breathe! Deep and not shallow. The more oxygen in your system, the less cold you are.

Last but not least:
7. Wear clothes.
Naked is NOT a good look anyway.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The White Shirt

The classic white shirt is as key to American style as blue jeans.
It is chic and simple.
Practical and unpretentious.
It can be paired with jeans (Jackie O in Hyannis), black pants (Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction), a long skirt (Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday), or a gown (Sharon Stone on the red carpet).
It is also useful for covering up a bad outfit when entering a good hotel (Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman)

Nina Garcia - The Little Black book of Style

Monday, June 2, 2008

YSL: the medley



ok.
It happened.
Another great name is gone.
Yves Saint Laurent is no longer in between our midst.
Did you know YSL (Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent) was born in Algeria??
Anyway, he was born in 1936, got bored as hell, moved to Paris at the age of 17 and assisted the great Christian Dior.
After Dior died in 1957, Yves - at the age of 21 - took over the house. Short after his success there, he had to serve the army during the Algerian war of Independance.
IMAGINE!!! He hardly survived... the poor thing! After 20 days they put him in a mental hospital. Underwent electroshock therapy for his Nervous Breakdown!!!!!!!!!! What the hell???!!!
In 1962, shortly after his NB, he started his own label. Luckily!
There you go... A bit of history.
Stefano Pilati is now the designer for YSL... just so you'd know. The Confirming Friend will always be able to wear a YSL!

Here a couple of the Confirming Friend's favorite images.