Top 10 Biggest Volcanic Eruptions in History

The recent eruptions of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland were a stark reminder of nature’s ability to bring human activity to an abrupt standstill. The cloud of smoke that drifted over Western Europe made aviation travel untenable, returning European skies to a quietude not felt for decades..

Luxury Dining Rooms Ideas

A lingering hint of contemporary gothic pervades these luxury dining room ideas by Cattelan Italia. Black and white color schemes throughout simply demand attention… hints of sparkle add glitz and glamour

Top 10 Most Memorable Celebrity Weddings

The upcoming Chelsea Clinton nuptials have provoked endless speculation – from whether she’ll opt for an Oscar de la Renta or a Vera Wang dress, to whether the former First Daughter will be serving anything other than vegan food to her guests.

Pirelli Calendar 2011

During a press conference in Moscow this past Tuesday, Karl Lagerfeld presented his rendition of the famed Pirelli Calendar for 2011.

Vogue Paris Calendar 2011

Mikael Jansson shoots the stunning new Vogue Paris 2011 Calendar featuring Daria Werbowy. Styled by Anastasia Barbieri and Jewels by Louis Vuitton.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Beautiful English Country Gardens

In the days of old England, peasants owned small homes with small gardens and acted as workers in the small villages. These gardens, despite their small size, had to be able to supply the entire family with all of their gardening needs. The kitchen garden would consist of fruits, herbs and vegetables, and sometimes even flowers would be grown. The most popular flowers that you will find in this style of country garden landscaping includes hollyhocks, herbs, daisies and delphiniums. One of the most popular herbs that you will find in an English country garden landscaping project is mint. English cottage gardens and country gardens exhibit a style that has evolved through time based on necessity, and now these garden styles are rich with mystical charm, rich color and beautiful scents.






















© Corel Photo: English Country Gardens

Monday, October 25, 2010

Monica Bellucci on the Men's style Cover

Monica Bellucci may have turned 46 last month but she still has a body that women half her age would die for.
The Italian-born beauty shows off her fine form on the front cover of the new issue of Australian magazine, Men's style.
Dressed in a red swimsuit that hugs her enviable curves perfectly, and with her long dark hair cascading down her back, the actress looks simply stunning.



Sunday, October 24, 2010

5 Benefits of Kissing

Do you know, kissing is more than just the lips and tongues entwined with each other. In addition to increase the intimacy of a couple, kissing also bring many other benefits for the body. Do not believe?

Enhance immunity

According to a recent study published in the journal Medical hypotheses, published recently, kissing women can boost immunity against Cytomegalovirus. Viruses that spread by word of mouth contact, can cause blindness and birth defects if the mother is a carrier during pregnancy. However, these viruses are relatively harmless for adults. Kissing is considered as a means of transmission of the virus and thereby strengthening the immune system.

Choosing the best pair

Helen Fisher, an anthropologist, describes the couple kissing as an assessment tool. Most of the cortex is intended to receive sensations from around the lips, cheeks, tongue, and nose. From 12 nerves in the skull, five of them to take data from around the mouth. Nerves were designed to select the most sensitive feelings, ie taste, smell, touch and temperature of the most complicated.

Well, when you kiss someone, you really can hear, see, and feel them. So, kissing is not just a kiss, but also reveal who you are, what you want, and what you can give.

Meanwhile, other researchers noted that kissing is a biological way to determine who the couples who are genetically most compatible with you. During’’smooch, there are hard-wired mechanism that assesses the health, reproductive status, and genetic compatibility,’’said Gordon G. Gallup Jr., A professor of evolutionary psychology at the State University of New York, Albany, who studies the competition and the reproductive biology of interpersonal attraction. Therefore, what happens during the first kiss really could be a determinant of suitability of a partner.

Burn calories

Based on a variety of different reports, kissing activity able to burn calories as much as 2-6 in one minute. Although not the same as when you’re jogging on a treadmill, an hour kissing is worth half a handheld burning brown M & Ms or half a glass of wine.

Tighten the facial muscles

Never underestimate the mouth as long as you do exercises kissing session. Some researchers say, when you use 30 muscles to help tighten the kiss and kiss on the cheek.

Relaxation

Kissing is naturally capable of making you feel relaxed. Based on scientific reports by researchers, kissing raise levels of the hormone oxytocin and endorphins, which serves to calm and make the body feel good. In addition, exchanging saliva while kissing is also able to increase dopamine levels, which add a romantic feeling.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hermes: Yamaha V-Max

The Hermés brand love doing collaborations that bring luxury concepts to a variety of settings. This time, they've turned to the motorbike scene. They bring us a Yamaha classic - a truly luxury version of the V-Max model.

The brand wanted to make the classic Yamaha V-Max model into a unique cult piece. And so, they meticulously covered many of the motorbike parts with exquisite leather. The idea was to highlight the Yamaha's sculptured lines and give them a whole new look.

The result is a bike selling at over €20,000 that's covered in buffalo skin. All the details are made of aluminium and have a mirror effect. It's a truly unique, exquisite creation.


Friday, October 1, 2010

Chocolate leaves for decoration - How to Make: Photo Tutorial

Beautiful and simple decorations for cakes, cookies, desserts and more, they are oh-so-simple to make and yet not many people do. How to do this - Step by step:



Step 1:
Take a walk through your yard to see what non-poisonous plants and tree's you have that may offer you beautiful small leaves with a lot of character and 'veins' on their undersides.Clean leaves that you know have not been treated with chemicals are a must.

Step 2:
Using melted white or dark chocolate or even almond bark, use a butter knife or a small, new paint brush or makeup brush to 'paint' the under side of the leaf.

Try not to get any melted chocolate on the top of the leaf, just paint the bottom in a nice thick, even layer.

Step 3:
Lay the leaves on foil, parchment paper or wax paper. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes to help the hardening process.










Step 4:
When the leaves are chilled the chocolate will be hardened and ready to peel off the leaf.


Gently and slowly peel the leaves off the chocolate and lay the chocolate leaf down. Sometimes the leaves can be used a second time if they are a bit sturdy but for the most part, plan to use each leaf only once.
Use your leaves to decorate cakes, desserts, cupcakes, cookies and more. The more veins the leaf has, the better and remember to only paint the under side for the best results.

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