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Hiša Denk, Slovenia
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Hiša Denk, Slovenia

Food Hiša Denk is a restaurant with family tradition going back to 1972. Today’s generation has a vision to create a special dining experience using the finest produce from the local region and combining the best of the past with modern skills and techniques. In June this year the restaurant was awarded their first Michelin star.     Hiša Denk is located between the picturesque wine roads of Austrian Styria and Mariborsko Pohorje. Their restaurant and rooms are a fine example of modern architecture, its simple exterior is pleasing to the eye, with interior spaces that flow naturally into each other. The furnishings have been specially commissioned to provide comfort and a sense of tranquility. There are two interior dining spaces and a sheltered outdoor terrace overlooking a peaceful garden.   Hiša Denk continues to build on the family culinary tradition featuring the finest produce of Styria. Their chefs take pride in every detailed element of the dish to give the diner a delightful experience. They aim to excite our guest with dishes based on local tradition with a 21st century twist. Their extensive wine list offers a fine selection of Local, National and International white, red, and orange wines.   Every dishes is precisely detailed and incredibly delicious. We highly reccomend it.     For bookings and more information visit theri website: http://www.hisadenk.si Hiša Denk is a restaurant with family tradition going back to 1972. Today’s generation has a vision to create a special dining experience using the finest produce from the local region and combining the best of the past with modern skills and techniques. In June this year the restaurant was awarded their first Michelin star.     Hiša Denk is located between the picturesque wine roads of Austrian Styria and Mariborsko Pohorje. Their restaurant and rooms are a fine example of modern architecture, its simple exterior is pleasing to the eye, with interior spaces that flow naturally into each other. The furnishings have been specially commissioned to provide comfort and a sense of tranquility. There are two interior dining spaces and a sheltered outdoor terrace overlooking a peaceful garden.   Hiša Denk continues to build on the family culinary tradition featuring the finest produce of Styria. Their chefs take pride in every detailed element of the dish to give the diner a delightful experience. They aim to excite our guest with dishes based on local tradition with a 21st century twist. Their extensive wine list offers a fine selection of Local, National and International white, red, and orange wines.   Every dishes is precisely detailed and incredibly delicious. We highly reccomend it.     For bookings and more information visit theri website: http://www.hisadenk.si

Okura's dining experience at home
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Okura's dining experience at home

Food Compose your own menu with dishes from Okura’s restaurants for a fine dining experience at home. Choose your favourite Okura dishes and fill your table at home in no time. Next to the dishes prepared in our kitchen, such as Yamazato’s sushi and sashimi, we also offer four Japanese specialities to cook at home. With Yamazato’s authentic shabu shabu and sukiyaki and Sazanka’s fish in salt crust and A5 wagyu steak, you get started with the freshest and most exclusive Japanese products. The ingredients from these dishes are imported from Japan to ensure the best quality. The specialities consists of a recipe and instruction video from our chefs in which they guide you through the recipe.      To complete your dining experience you can add different kinds of salads as a starter. Complete your main course with fried rice and edamame and finish your meal with Okura’s apple pie, macaroons and sorbet ice cream. We ask you to order at least one day in advance, because of the preparation time of the dishes. Pick up is possible on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm in front of the hotel.     more on: https://www.okura.nl/okura-at-home/dining-experience-at-home/   Compose your own menu with dishes from Okura’s restaurants for a fine dining experience at home. Choose your favourite Okura dishes and fill your table at home in no time. Next to the dishes prepared in our kitchen, such as Yamazato’s sushi and sashimi, we also offer four Japanese specialities to cook at home. With Yamazato’s authentic shabu shabu and sukiyaki and Sazanka’s fish in salt crust and A5 wagyu steak, you get started with the freshest and most exclusive Japanese products. The ingredients from these dishes are imported from Japan to ensure the best quality. The specialities consists of a recipe and instruction video from our chefs in which they guide you through the recipe.      To complete your dining experience you can add different kinds of salads as a starter. Complete your main course with fried rice and edamame and finish your meal with Okura’s apple pie, macaroons and sorbet ice cream. We ask you to order at least one day in advance, because of the preparation time of the dishes. Pick up is possible on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm in front of the hotel.     more on: https://www.okura.nl/okura-at-home/dining-experience-at-home/  

Maximilian Missoni on his life as Head of Design at Polestar
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Maximilian Missoni on his life as Head of Design at Polestar

Design This weekend Polestar, the electric performance car brand from Sweden, opens its first three Polestar Spaces in the Netherlands. In these retail environments in Rotterdam, Eindhoven and Leidschendam, the Dutch public can meet Polestar 2 for the first time. The fourth Space will open later this year near Amsterdam. Polestar is moving forward towards a more sustainable future and believes electric vehicles are a crucial step on this journey.   These ‘physical’ Spaces are designed to match the minimalist and innovative design philosophy of the brand. Customers can discover the Polestar 1 and Polestar 2 in many different ways; through interactive displays with touchscreens or with Varjo virtual reality that matches the resolution of the human eye. For questions they can always contact Polestar Specialists that, interestingly, do not work on commission basis.    The Polestar 2, which will debut in the Netherlands this weekend, is a fully electric performance fastback. It is also the first car in the world with an integrated Android infotainment system, which means access to Google services such as Google Maps and voice recognition. As Polestar is working towards a sustainable future, the brand created it’s interior out of recycled and vegan materials.      Maximilian Missoni is the Head of Design at Polestar. Maximilian Missoni studied Vehicle Design at the Royal College of Art in London then started his career at the Volkswagen Group. In 2018 he became Head of Design for Polestar.     Being Head of Design of a progressive super design brand we are extremely curious: What does a day in the life of Maximilian Missoni look like?   It’s probably more down to earth than you’d imagine. We work on many future car models simultaneously and the development process of such complex technological products – especially when aiming at a mass production volume can be very tedious at times. I spend probably two thirds of my days in dark rooms with life size projections or virtual reality rigs where we assess proposals and designs, implementing improvements. I also spend a lot of time in intense discussions with engineering about how to get to the desired results. The remaining third would split into team development, management meetings and strategic tasks. It feels like there is never enough time to just roam and find inspiration.   How do you keep inspired when handling a brand like Polestar?   The biggest task when setting up the design language for a new brand as a team is to distill philosophy and values into three dimensional objects and ultimately products that people want to live with. I see it as my main task to identify great ideas that emerge within the design team and develop them into a stage where we can present them and convince the rest of the management team to support this vision. I have handpicked the guys and girls in my team and have done so because I believe in their individual talent and unique styles. So, they are actually the ones who often inspire me. Coming into work every morning, knowing there is a bunch of highly skilled and creative people who are all keen to shape the future is probably my biggest privilege. On top of that I immerse myself whenever I can into contemporary art and design. And I try to keep learning – lately everything about electric propulsion and the challenges and opportunities of sustainability or even circularity – our next frontier.   What's your home like? Do you practice what you preach?   I try to surround myself with furniture design classics and art that inspires me. Would I like to expand this collection? Absolutely. The one object which probably reflects my design ethos the most - besides the cars of our own brands which I drive - is my boat, designed by a Swedish boat designer and friend of mine, who I studied with back in the days. Its clever, Scandinavian, minimalistic solutions make me happy time and time again.   3,5 We just have to ask… are you perhaps related to the (fashion) Missoni dynasty?   The name Missoni is generally not very common, and the origins of the wider family tree are in northern Italy, but I wouldn’t go further than that.      This weekend Polestar, the electric performance car brand from Sweden, opens its first three Polestar Spaces in the Netherlands. In these retail environments in Rotterdam, Eindhoven and Leidschendam, the Dutch public can meet Polestar 2 for the first time. The fourth Space will open later this year near Amsterdam. Polestar is moving forward towards a more sustainable future and believes electric vehicles are a crucial step on this journey.   These ‘physical’ Spaces are designed to match the minimalist and innovative design philosophy of the brand. Customers can discover the Polestar 1 and Polestar 2 in many different ways; through interactive displays with touchscreens or with Varjo virtual reality that matches the resolution of the human eye. For questions they can always contact Polestar Specialists that, interestingly, do not work on commission basis.    The Polestar 2, which will debut in the Netherlands this weekend, is a fully electric performance fastback. It is also the first car in the world with an integrated Android infotainment system, which means access to Google services such as Google Maps and voice recognition. As Polestar is working towards a sustainable future, the brand created it’s interior out of recycled and vegan materials.      Maximilian Missoni is the Head of Design at Polestar. Maximilian Missoni studied Vehicle Design at the Royal College of Art in London then started his career at the Volkswagen Group. In 2018 he became Head of Design for Polestar.     Being Head of Design of a progressive super design brand we are extremely curious: What does a day in the life of Maximilian Missoni look like?   It’s probably more down to earth than you’d imagine. We work on many future car models simultaneously and the development process of such complex technological products – especially when aiming at a mass production volume can be very tedious at times. I spend probably two thirds of my days in dark rooms with life size projections or virtual reality rigs where we assess proposals and designs, implementing improvements. I also spend a lot of time in intense discussions with engineering about how to get to the desired results. The remaining third would split into team development, management meetings and strategic tasks. It feels like there is never enough time to just roam and find inspiration.   How do you keep inspired when handling a brand like Polestar?   The biggest task when setting up the design language for a new brand as a team is to distill philosophy and values into three dimensional objects and ultimately products that people want to live with. I see it as my main task to identify great ideas that emerge within the design team and develop them into a stage where we can present them and convince the rest of the management team to support this vision. I have handpicked the guys and girls in my team and have done so because I believe in their individual talent and unique styles. So, they are actually the ones who often inspire me. Coming into work every morning, knowing there is a bunch of highly skilled and creative people who are all keen to shape the future is probably my biggest privilege. On top of that I immerse myself whenever I can into contemporary art and design. And I try to keep learning – lately everything about electric propulsion and the challenges and opportunities of sustainability or even circularity – our next frontier.   What's your home like? Do you practice what you preach?   I try to surround myself with furniture design classics and art that inspires me. Would I like to expand this collection? Absolutely. The one object which probably reflects my design ethos the most - besides the cars of our own brands which I drive - is my boat, designed by a Swedish boat designer and friend of mine, who I studied with back in the days. Its clever, Scandinavian, minimalistic solutions make me happy time and time again.   3,5 We just have to ask… are you perhaps related to the (fashion) Missoni dynasty?   The name Missoni is generally not very common, and the origins of the wider family tree are in northern Italy, but I wouldn’t go further than that.     

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Kinfill Introducing the new summer fragrance: Tilieu n°7
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Kinfill Introducing the new summer fragrance: Tilieu n°7

Lifestyle The exhilarating aroma of the linden blossom is reminiscent of summer days, when trees are in full bloom, birds are uttering about and temperatures are simmering. Redolent of bright yellow oral notes, the honey-like scent of Tilieu n°7 will enchant you with its soothing, warm medicinal bene ts.     The new Tilieu n°7 fragrance be available as: Multi Surface Spray — REFILL SET OF TWO; Glass & Mirror Spray — REFILL SET OF TWO; Tub & Tile Spray — REFILL SET OF TWO; Floor Cleaner — REFILL SET OF TWO.     EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE IN STORES AT SKINS COSMETICS FROM JULY 25 UNTIL SEPTEMBER 20TH. The exhilarating aroma of the linden blossom is reminiscent of summer days, when trees are in full bloom, birds are uttering about and temperatures are simmering. Redolent of bright yellow oral notes, the honey-like scent of Tilieu n°7 will enchant you with its soothing, warm medicinal bene ts.     The new Tilieu n°7 fragrance be available as: Multi Surface Spray — REFILL SET OF TWO; Glass & Mirror Spray — REFILL SET OF TWO; Tub & Tile Spray — REFILL SET OF TWO; Floor Cleaner — REFILL SET OF TWO.     EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE IN STORES AT SKINS COSMETICS FROM JULY 25 UNTIL SEPTEMBER 20TH.

INTRODUCING THE SECOND CHAPTER OF #ACCIDENTALINFLUENCER – THE DIGITAL PROJECT DEDICATED TO THE GUCCI TENNIS 1977
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INTRODUCING THE SECOND CHAPTER OF #ACCIDENTALINFLUENCER – THE DIGITAL PROJECT DEDICATED TO THE GUCCI TENNIS 1977

Fashion Gucci announces the second chapter of its digital project #AccidentalInfluencer, the intriguing and playful take on the idea of imitation and replication, seen through the lenses of London based artist, photographer and director Max Siedentopf – which debuted last February.     The focus is once again on the range of Gucci Tennis 1977 sneakers, this time enriched by the recently introduced styles from the Gucci Off The Grid collection, designed by Creative Director Alessandro Michele with motifs of the House and constructed with recycled, organic, bio-based and sustainably sourced materials – including ECONYL®, a regenerated nylon made from nylon offcuts and pre- and post-consumer waste.     For this new chapter, Siedentopf leads us through the every-day life of these eclectic characters accidentally matching furniture pieces and objects in their homes. The result is an array of hypnotical and haunting scenes, where individuals seem to suggest improbable visual coincidences between their looks and settings.     The campaign will be launched on Gucci’s social media platforms, and will also include bespoke videos for TikTok, dedicated clips for Instagram Stories, and a section on the Gucci App that allows customers to virtually “try on” the Gucci Tennis 1977, using the pioneering augmented reality technology the House has introduced in June 2019.     #accidentalinfluencer Gucci announces the second chapter of its digital project #AccidentalInfluencer, the intriguing and playful take on the idea of imitation and replication, seen through the lenses of London based artist, photographer and director Max Siedentopf – which debuted last February.     The focus is once again on the range of Gucci Tennis 1977 sneakers, this time enriched by the recently introduced styles from the Gucci Off The Grid collection, designed by Creative Director Alessandro Michele with motifs of the House and constructed with recycled, organic, bio-based and sustainably sourced materials – including ECONYL®, a regenerated nylon made from nylon offcuts and pre- and post-consumer waste.     For this new chapter, Siedentopf leads us through the every-day life of these eclectic characters accidentally matching furniture pieces and objects in their homes. The result is an array of hypnotical and haunting scenes, where individuals seem to suggest improbable visual coincidences between their looks and settings.     The campaign will be launched on Gucci’s social media platforms, and will also include bespoke videos for TikTok, dedicated clips for Instagram Stories, and a section on the Gucci App that allows customers to virtually “try on” the Gucci Tennis 1977, using the pioneering augmented reality technology the House has introduced in June 2019.     #accidentalinfluencer

Beauty of the Chanel Haute Couture Collection for Fall & Winter
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Beauty of the Chanel Haute Couture Collection for Fall & Winter

Beauty “Romantic punk with a sophisticated twist. A playfulness paired with a chic sense of assurance. We maintained a punk attitude to the makeup going from a bold eyeliner to deep dark sophisticated lips, through a defined yet subtle use of pink. Very strong and deep, defined browny red lips, a very thin elongated eyeliner going across the top of the eye, a very transparent and luminous skin with accents of balmy highlight on the top of the lid and high on the cheekbones give yet another twist to the same inspiration.” Lucia Pica “Romantic punk with a sophisticated twist. A playfulness paired with a chic sense of assurance. We maintained a punk attitude to the makeup going from a bold eyeliner to deep dark sophisticated lips, through a defined yet subtle use of pink. Very strong and deep, defined browny red lips, a very thin elongated eyeliner going across the top of the eye, a very transparent and luminous skin with accents of balmy highlight on the top of the lid and high on the cheekbones give yet another twist to the same inspiration.” Lucia Pica

At home with Casil McArthur
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At home with Casil McArthur

Culture At home with Casil McArthur, captured by Antonio Eugenio.       Who are you and what is your profession? I am Casil, a man who loves pretty things and who is trying to change what masculinity means to people. My profession is modeling, and as a trans man, I feel very lucky to be given this type of platform to be able to bring my world into the homes and sight of people who may not think too much on trans experience.    How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion?  Obviously because photoshoots and runway shows always involve a lot of crew/people working close together to create something, I think the epidemic has effected the industry on every level.  It'll be a long time before things can go "back to normal" so the best thing fashion can do is be as innovative with its creative process as possible, video call and zoom shoots it is for now!      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? Being creative in quarantine is very easy with all the free time. I've spent my time drawing, writing songs and playing video games. But I do believe my fashion creativity has been lacking, for now I am okay with not focusing on outfits and style all the time.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid -19 effect that? I was in London when the travel ban was about to take place, luckily I got home before I ended up spending the duration of quarantine in a different country.  I had a few plans to travel for work this year which is no longer possible for an undetermined but probably very long amount of time, I think this coming fashion week in September won't play out as usual which is sad. But I'm excited to see how the industry handles these hurdles.      What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without? Nothing too special, I've finally gotten my skin to balance out so skin care has gotten super easy (I suffered from very bad cystic acne for a while due to hormone imbalances, I found out its not great too forget to take my testosterone for a month.... oops.) I wash my face every night before I go to sleep, and then I use pure vitamin E oil to keep my skin hydrated and to help with any lasting scarring and fine lines I massage my skin with small circles gently using my ring fingers. I spend maybe 15 minutes for my whole routine. I just ran put of this product, but I was using Elysian finishing treatment after the vitamin e oil and that left my skin incredible looking/feeling. I cant live without it, I have to get more!     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it? I learned how to hitch a car onto a towing trailer, to help my friend. Trial, error, and then FINALLY, YouTube! A good lesson for life!           Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume. I really miss being a barista and working at the cute coffee shop in my town. I love coffee and teas, I love creating drinks for people to enjoy. It's a relaxing job even on the most hectic of days and the constant flow of regular and new faces is always a joy.      What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there? I haven't really thought of that, maybe on a road trip with friends? I've always wanted to see Zion national park, I hope I can go there soon one day.      What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?  Agostina by Puscifer, I just really really really love the guitar and bass towards the end. It gives me goosebumps. So good.  I don't really have a playlist because I don't use music apps. I like CDs, I prefer listening to full albums, my favorites are from Tool, all of their albums are episodic.        What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed? I like to make a cup of tea and check my animal crossing in the morning(a very cute video game I love.) Before bed I like to watch what Trevor Noah and Markiplier have uploaded for the day on YT, then I do a meditation to help me sleep.       What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you? I don't really care for working out. I know that I should and I'll have to become serious with it as I get older but for now, I just like doing exercises that involve laying or sitting down on the floor. I've been walking a ton recently.        What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?  I'm not sure I could name a single painting, I like tons of art but I never remember the names of them. I own a few prints of anthropomorphic goat paintings from an artist who is local to my state named Dusty Ray, I /LOVE/ their artwork. I also commissioned a goat art piece from @Jhuisk on Instagram, they're also local to Colorado and I'm so so so excited to meet with them to receive it once it's safe! ♡     What does Pride mean to you?  To uplift the amazing black and brown trans women of our community. We can't forget to thank who came before us, and why we even have pride to begin with.  There would be no pride without Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, we would have no pride without black trans women.  We have to make sure trans women of color are supported, protected, loved, hired, paid, encouraged, thanked, and that should be year round.      Tell us about your activism activities for the Trans community.  Right now my activism has been going to protests in my state for Black lives matter, fighting against police brutality, and racism. Black people are dying at a higher rate from covid and because of systemic racism many do not have the privilege to have been able to quarantine. These marches are more important than staying in quarantine especially when so many simply cannot do that even if they desperately need and want too. We all need to be focusing, and keep going to these protests.   In the words of my friends Jame and Camille.  "This doesn't end until our officials, recognize the grievances of a people and the potency of a moment to radically redress their communities. Too demand of our congress, our house, our nation, a full and comprehensive reparations program. Until they will demand Healthcare as a human right and cut its ties from one's market exploitation. Until they will guarantee dignity and the means to live to all of our citizens. Until they will do what they were put there to do and actualize what the only legitimate role of a government is: to secure the freedom of individuals within a collective to self determine their own lives and allow our finest human capacities to flourish."   We must not allow those who wish to see this moment pass, to hijack the now. We need to defund the police and I personally believe we must fight to abolish them. Abolish ICE, predatory social work, the military, and landlords.    Create autonomous zones. Keep marching.  At home with Casil McArthur, captured by Antonio Eugenio.       Who are you and what is your profession? I am Casil, a man who loves pretty things and who is trying to change what masculinity means to people. My profession is modeling, and as a trans man, I feel very lucky to be given this type of platform to be able to bring my world into the homes and sight of people who may not think too much on trans experience.    How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion?  Obviously because photoshoots and runway shows always involve a lot of crew/people working close together to create something, I think the epidemic has effected the industry on every level.  It'll be a long time before things can go "back to normal" so the best thing fashion can do is be as innovative with its creative process as possible, video call and zoom shoots it is for now!      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? Being creative in quarantine is very easy with all the free time. I've spent my time drawing, writing songs and playing video games. But I do believe my fashion creativity has been lacking, for now I am okay with not focusing on outfits and style all the time.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid -19 effect that? I was in London when the travel ban was about to take place, luckily I got home before I ended up spending the duration of quarantine in a different country.  I had a few plans to travel for work this year which is no longer possible for an undetermined but probably very long amount of time, I think this coming fashion week in September won't play out as usual which is sad. But I'm excited to see how the industry handles these hurdles.      What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without? Nothing too special, I've finally gotten my skin to balance out so skin care has gotten super easy (I suffered from very bad cystic acne for a while due to hormone imbalances, I found out its not great too forget to take my testosterone for a month.... oops.) I wash my face every night before I go to sleep, and then I use pure vitamin E oil to keep my skin hydrated and to help with any lasting scarring and fine lines I massage my skin with small circles gently using my ring fingers. I spend maybe 15 minutes for my whole routine. I just ran put of this product, but I was using Elysian finishing treatment after the vitamin e oil and that left my skin incredible looking/feeling. I cant live without it, I have to get more!     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it? I learned how to hitch a car onto a towing trailer, to help my friend. Trial, error, and then FINALLY, YouTube! A good lesson for life!           Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume. I really miss being a barista and working at the cute coffee shop in my town. I love coffee and teas, I love creating drinks for people to enjoy. It's a relaxing job even on the most hectic of days and the constant flow of regular and new faces is always a joy.      What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there? I haven't really thought of that, maybe on a road trip with friends? I've always wanted to see Zion national park, I hope I can go there soon one day.      What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?  Agostina by Puscifer, I just really really really love the guitar and bass towards the end. It gives me goosebumps. So good.  I don't really have a playlist because I don't use music apps. I like CDs, I prefer listening to full albums, my favorites are from Tool, all of their albums are episodic.        What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed? I like to make a cup of tea and check my animal crossing in the morning(a very cute video game I love.) Before bed I like to watch what Trevor Noah and Markiplier have uploaded for the day on YT, then I do a meditation to help me sleep.       What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you? I don't really care for working out. I know that I should and I'll have to become serious with it as I get older but for now, I just like doing exercises that involve laying or sitting down on the floor. I've been walking a ton recently.        What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?  I'm not sure I could name a single painting, I like tons of art but I never remember the names of them. I own a few prints of anthropomorphic goat paintings from an artist who is local to my state named Dusty Ray, I /LOVE/ their artwork. I also commissioned a goat art piece from @Jhuisk on Instagram, they're also local to Colorado and I'm so so so excited to meet with them to receive it once it's safe! ♡     What does Pride mean to you?  To uplift the amazing black and brown trans women of our community. We can't forget to thank who came before us, and why we even have pride to begin with.  There would be no pride without Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, we would have no pride without black trans women.  We have to make sure trans women of color are supported, protected, loved, hired, paid, encouraged, thanked, and that should be year round.      Tell us about your activism activities for the Trans community.  Right now my activism has been going to protests in my state for Black lives matter, fighting against police brutality, and racism. Black people are dying at a higher rate from covid and because of systemic racism many do not have the privilege to have been able to quarantine. These marches are more important than staying in quarantine especially when so many simply cannot do that even if they desperately need and want too. We all need to be focusing, and keep going to these protests.   In the words of my friends Jame and Camille.  "This doesn't end until our officials, recognize the grievances of a people and the potency of a moment to radically redress their communities. Too demand of our congress, our house, our nation, a full and comprehensive reparations program. Until they will demand Healthcare as a human right and cut its ties from one's market exploitation. Until they will guarantee dignity and the means to live to all of our citizens. Until they will do what they were put there to do and actualize what the only legitimate role of a government is: to secure the freedom of individuals within a collective to self determine their own lives and allow our finest human capacities to flourish."   We must not allow those who wish to see this moment pass, to hijack the now. We need to defund the police and I personally believe we must fight to abolish them. Abolish ICE, predatory social work, the military, and landlords.    Create autonomous zones. Keep marching. 

Hiša Franko, Slovenia
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Hiša Franko, Slovenia

Food Alpine skiing prodigy and graduate of diplomacy, the spokesman of Slovenian gastronomy, Ana Roš is a self-taught cook. She met her business partner and ex life partner Valter Kramar while studying in Gorizia in northeastern Italy. His parents owned Hiša Franko, an already established restaurant near the Italian border, and the couple decided to take it over. He worked as a sommelier, she as a waitress, eventually stepping into the kitchen when the chef left. With help from Valter’s mother and a family friend she experimented with updating traditional recipes from the upper Soča valley and by 2010 had started gaining an international reputation, crowned Best Female Chef by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and being the subject of an episode of Chef’s Table in 2017.  #38, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, 2019.   The restaurant just recently in June 2020 received two Michelin stars.   In 2017 you have received "The World's Best Female Chef award". What does this award mean to you? It means a lot. I am self-taught and come from a small country that not many people know has a quite a nice culinary tradition. To come where I am now took a lot of personal and business sacrifice. So acknowledgements like this prove that I am on the right path and keep pushing me, my family and the community around us forward. But – it did come as a big surprise. I was pretty silent for the first week. I find it a huge responsibility. It also gives me a platform to talk about certain issues in the restaurants and kitchens like sex balance, age balance and so on.     How did you get involved with cooking? I never attended culinary school. Instead, I was trained as a diplomat. My parents kept pushing me since early age and have invested a lot in my education. They always believed in me, that I was going to become “someone”. So I studied international relations (and was a really good skier, too). But then I fell in love with Valter, my husband, restaurant manager & head sommelier today. Valter's parents had a restaurant, Hiša Franko, he was working in service there and that's where we met. We travelled a lot, went to restaurants, winemakers, explored the world. This type of life and exploration appealed to me a lot. Discovering new countries, new places, I realized that living by the rules can feel very restrictive. It's freedom that defines you. The crucial moment came when Valter's father decided to retire and it was obvious that Valter was going to take over Hiša Franko. So I decided to risk all and work as a chef there. At that moment, I had the opportunity to work in diplomacy in Brussels. But I turned it down for Valter and for our relationship. In the kitchen, I knew how to make pasta but that didn't mean I knew how to cook. I taught everything they teach students in culinary school by talking to people who had the knowledge, by questioning what I do and myself. That's how everything started! The first few years were really hard but we pushed a lot, working and developing ourselves. Fifteen years later, I received and award for Best Female Chef, which obviously means that we did things right. Success doesn't come fast or cheap.     Any restaurant that impressed you at early age? Yes! Valter and I went to La Subida one day, just across the border from Slovenia in Italy. The cuisine there really inspired and opened my eyes. That's when I started experimenting at Hiša Franko, which brought me where I am today. There was a lot of hits and misses in the beginning but that's normal, too.       Explore the menu: https://www.hisafranko.com/en/menu   Alpine skiing prodigy and graduate of diplomacy, the spokesman of Slovenian gastronomy, Ana Roš is a self-taught cook. She met her business partner and ex life partner Valter Kramar while studying in Gorizia in northeastern Italy. His parents owned Hiša Franko, an already established restaurant near the Italian border, and the couple decided to take it over. He worked as a sommelier, she as a waitress, eventually stepping into the kitchen when the chef left. With help from Valter’s mother and a family friend she experimented with updating traditional recipes from the upper Soča valley and by 2010 had started gaining an international reputation, crowned Best Female Chef by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and being the subject of an episode of Chef’s Table in 2017.  #38, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, 2019.   The restaurant just recently in June 2020 received two Michelin stars.   In 2017 you have received "The World's Best Female Chef award". What does this award mean to you? It means a lot. I am self-taught and come from a small country that not many people know has a quite a nice culinary tradition. To come where I am now took a lot of personal and business sacrifice. So acknowledgements like this prove that I am on the right path and keep pushing me, my family and the community around us forward. But – it did come as a big surprise. I was pretty silent for the first week. I find it a huge responsibility. It also gives me a platform to talk about certain issues in the restaurants and kitchens like sex balance, age balance and so on.     How did you get involved with cooking? I never attended culinary school. Instead, I was trained as a diplomat. My parents kept pushing me since early age and have invested a lot in my education. They always believed in me, that I was going to become “someone”. So I studied international relations (and was a really good skier, too). But then I fell in love with Valter, my husband, restaurant manager & head sommelier today. Valter's parents had a restaurant, Hiša Franko, he was working in service there and that's where we met. We travelled a lot, went to restaurants, winemakers, explored the world. This type of life and exploration appealed to me a lot. Discovering new countries, new places, I realized that living by the rules can feel very restrictive. It's freedom that defines you. The crucial moment came when Valter's father decided to retire and it was obvious that Valter was going to take over Hiša Franko. So I decided to risk all and work as a chef there. At that moment, I had the opportunity to work in diplomacy in Brussels. But I turned it down for Valter and for our relationship. In the kitchen, I knew how to make pasta but that didn't mean I knew how to cook. I taught everything they teach students in culinary school by talking to people who had the knowledge, by questioning what I do and myself. That's how everything started! The first few years were really hard but we pushed a lot, working and developing ourselves. Fifteen years later, I received and award for Best Female Chef, which obviously means that we did things right. Success doesn't come fast or cheap.     Any restaurant that impressed you at early age? Yes! Valter and I went to La Subida one day, just across the border from Slovenia in Italy. The cuisine there really inspired and opened my eyes. That's when I started experimenting at Hiša Franko, which brought me where I am today. There was a lot of hits and misses in the beginning but that's normal, too.       Explore the menu: https://www.hisafranko.com/en/menu  

Strong Supplies
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Strong Supplies

Lifestyle Healthy food and a healthy lifestyle: you know it's important. You balance work, private life, sports and a drink at the weekend. But meeting your daily needs is sometimes difficult and not always achievable.     Are you an athlete? Do you have an active lifestyle? Do you have to perform daily in a stressful job? Healthy and varied nutrition is the basis. With personalized vitamins, minerals, enzymes and proteins, Strong Supplies gives you the extra boost you need to achieve all your goals. Our natural supplements have a positive effect on general health, quality of life and sports performance.     What makes Strong Supplies different?  Research-backed products: All their ingredients and formulations are based on clinical research. So you can be confident in their effectiveness.   From the best ingredients: They have selected the purest and most effective ingredients.   Tailored to your needs: They’ll recommend what’s right for you — so you can get what you need and nothing you don’t.     "It made me feel better, definitely fullfilled me with more energy each day, and helped with motivation on daily basis. Higly reccommend." Timotej Letonja     For more information visit their website: https://www.strongsupplies.com Healthy food and a healthy lifestyle: you know it's important. You balance work, private life, sports and a drink at the weekend. But meeting your daily needs is sometimes difficult and not always achievable.     Are you an athlete? Do you have an active lifestyle? Do you have to perform daily in a stressful job? Healthy and varied nutrition is the basis. With personalized vitamins, minerals, enzymes and proteins, Strong Supplies gives you the extra boost you need to achieve all your goals. Our natural supplements have a positive effect on general health, quality of life and sports performance.     What makes Strong Supplies different?  Research-backed products: All their ingredients and formulations are based on clinical research. So you can be confident in their effectiveness.   From the best ingredients: They have selected the purest and most effective ingredients.   Tailored to your needs: They’ll recommend what’s right for you — so you can get what you need and nothing you don’t.     "It made me feel better, definitely fullfilled me with more energy each day, and helped with motivation on daily basis. Higly reccommend." Timotej Letonja     For more information visit their website: https://www.strongsupplies.com

At home with Allie X
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At home with Allie X

Music During these times, we had a moment to chat with Allie X about her time during lockdown. Captured by Antonio Eugenio.     Who are you  and what is your profession?   I am someone always striving to find out who I am.  I am a creative. Meaning I like to make things.  I love beauty.  I love honesty.      How do you think Covid-19 will affect the music industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of music?    I can't see it not impacting the live industry and how close people stand at concerts.  I think we will see people leaving  major cities with the realization that so much can be done remotely. For me personally, this has really made me pause for thought and made me examine how I fit into the music industry.  It's given me perspective and made me want to change in some key ways. Perhaps it's affected other musicians in the same way.      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I started quarantine by trying a whole bunch of new things. Learning how to edit in premiere, making different kinds of at home content, Tik Tok haha.  I've stopped doing all that though and now am fully obsessed with renovating my hallway by myself. I've learned A LOT about home improvement.  I love the creativity, the empowerment, and the manual labour aspects.  It seems to be the perfect thing for me right now.         What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   It really varies depending on if I need to show my face publicly or not.  I've been "au naturel" for most of the quarantine especially since I put all my energy into DIY, because I just get covered in sawdust anyway haha. However, I am still very focused on skin and my skin has been really good lately.  Probably because I am so much less stressed and not on a plane every 2 weeks.  My current skin routine includes Yay For Earth skin balm, Retrouve Intensive Moisturizer and priming pads, Noto Facewash and Honey Girls Organic Regenerating Face Serum.       What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   How to build stuff like I mentioned before.         Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   Hmm I don't even have a resume... but something  a lot of people don't know is I LOVE getting a massage.       What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   Italy, Amalfi Coast.  Dreaming about that.        What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?    My phone wallpaper is John Singer Sargent's Madame X... for obvious reasons I think haha.        Are you working on any new music and do you have any new releases coming up?   Some remixes!       Check out Allie on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alliex/?hl=en   During these times, we had a moment to chat with Allie X about her time during lockdown. Captured by Antonio Eugenio.     Who are you  and what is your profession?   I am someone always striving to find out who I am.  I am a creative. Meaning I like to make things.  I love beauty.  I love honesty.      How do you think Covid-19 will affect the music industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of music?    I can't see it not impacting the live industry and how close people stand at concerts.  I think we will see people leaving  major cities with the realization that so much can be done remotely. For me personally, this has really made me pause for thought and made me examine how I fit into the music industry.  It's given me perspective and made me want to change in some key ways. Perhaps it's affected other musicians in the same way.      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I started quarantine by trying a whole bunch of new things. Learning how to edit in premiere, making different kinds of at home content, Tik Tok haha.  I've stopped doing all that though and now am fully obsessed with renovating my hallway by myself. I've learned A LOT about home improvement.  I love the creativity, the empowerment, and the manual labour aspects.  It seems to be the perfect thing for me right now.         What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   It really varies depending on if I need to show my face publicly or not.  I've been "au naturel" for most of the quarantine especially since I put all my energy into DIY, because I just get covered in sawdust anyway haha. However, I am still very focused on skin and my skin has been really good lately.  Probably because I am so much less stressed and not on a plane every 2 weeks.  My current skin routine includes Yay For Earth skin balm, Retrouve Intensive Moisturizer and priming pads, Noto Facewash and Honey Girls Organic Regenerating Face Serum.       What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   How to build stuff like I mentioned before.         Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   Hmm I don't even have a resume... but something  a lot of people don't know is I LOVE getting a massage.       What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   Italy, Amalfi Coast.  Dreaming about that.        What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?    My phone wallpaper is John Singer Sargent's Madame X... for obvious reasons I think haha.        Are you working on any new music and do you have any new releases coming up?   Some remixes!       Check out Allie on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alliex/?hl=en  

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