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Sounds Of Soul, From The Land Down Under

By
Hope Elle


This band of brothers from the Land Down Under has been around since the 1950’s. But their commercial success and longevity was sparked, when they relocated to Miami, FL; at the suggestion of fellow musician and rock legend, Eric Clapton. After experiencing a major musical rut around 1973 and touring tired nightclub scenes. Music producer, Arif Mardin was advised by Ahmet Ertegtin, (head of the US label Atlantic Records) to arranged for the brothers to record their next album with Mardin. And the results, an unforgettable signature sound and complete Disco era domination. The Bee Gees haunting soulful sound, coupled with powerful lyrics gave them the popularity and following they’ve long for. Eventually, this move proved to be highly advantageous to the group, thus spawning hit after hit making the Bee Gees a household name.



A frustrating time surfaced, when the Bee Gee’s noticed they were unable to reach grander heights of record sells. Forced to tour America and overseas nightclubs, just to generate some kind of interest to no avail. In 1973, things got worse for the band and soft rock nor popular music were helping matters any. It was definitely time for a major shake up or they needed to ship out. Through the consistency of encouraging the Bee Gees to lean towards Soul music, ballads were the lead off. Eventually, they would try their hand at disco dance oriented music; and Eureka a US No. 1 hit “Jive Talkin” followed by “Nights on Broadway”.


Falling in love with their new sound, along with a bigger fan based. The album Main Course shot up the charts, and introduce the world to the eldest Brothers Gibb, Barry, and his sexy falsetto became the band’s trademark. The Main Course would be the band’s first charting album, with two top ten singles since 1968’s Idea Album. The follow up album Children of the World was completely immersed with Barry Gibb’s sultry melodious falsetto. Thus songs like “Love So Right”, “You Should Be Dancing”, and “Boogie Child” were all top ten hits with the album peaking at No. 8 in the U.S. The Bee Gees became certified gold and released a greatest hits album spanning from 1967-1972.

After the successful release of a live album, the brothers Gibb heard opportunity knocking. And agreed to work on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack Album, for the film of the same title starring John Travolta. Although, initially not part of soundtrack creation, until post production of the film. They were urged to write songs for the film, which they completed in one week at Château d’Hérouville studio in France. The soundtrack was a masterpiece and three ten singles were, yet spawned again “How Deep Is Your Love”, “Stayin Alive” and “Night Fever” all charted high in the US and UK. It’s believed that, the Bee Gees started disco, but it should be noted the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack may have prolonged it. 


During 1977, the Bee Gees sound was undeniable and inescapable starting in Christmas season of 1977 for 8 months, six songs composed by the Bee Gees hit the No. 1 position. And reigned supreme on the US charts for 25 of 32 consecutive weeks. They would also enjoy launching a successful career, for the youngest brother, Andy Gibb given him two top ten hits “I Just Wanna Be Your Everything” and “Shadow Dancing”. And the popular single for Yvonne Elliman single, “If I Can’t Have You”.

The extreme success of the Saturday Night Fever movie, broke multiple industry records becoming the highest selling soundtrack of that time. As of 2010, it’s ranked No. 4 of all time.

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Mirror Mirror On The Wall

                 Photo courtesy of Elle.com

Who’s the prettiest fashionista of them all? Well according to Popsugar.com, it just might be you. If you follow the fashion trends for the Fall/Winter 2016; you’ll have no problem finding the perfect look. Shopping for new clothes doesn’t necessarily mean, tossing out the vintage in exchange for the new. In fact, the complete opposite is true. Sprucing up your last year’s look, with some 2017 trends, is all you need.

This Winter/ Spring 2017 mixed attire must haves include the following, off the shoulder blouse worn with narrow gathered ankle jeans or tights. Its bohemian inspired style and versatility, makes it a definite must have. You can easily mix and match this look with a bikini bottom, long tapered skirt or maternity wear.

The scarf, is making a major comeback. By updating a vintage style with a silk print scarf, you’ve made a statement without saying a word. This look below, is a prime example, of how a scarf should be utilized. It’s eye catching and draws attention to the fashion assemble. A highly sophisticated and elegant style, indeed.

Here’s a vintage classic assemble, that incorporates the structured look, with a hint of Luxe fur. Visit your local second hand boutiques; and the rack for some name brands at major discounts. The pictured look below, perfectly showcases the old with the new. The open toe slingbacks, business suit and strategically placed fur is complimented by a muted print.

CAUTION: This 1980’s Vanity 6 group inspired look, Nasty Girl, is sparking dialogue and sold out racks. With its simple peek a boo lace and alluring laidback style. You can easily transform this look from the office to the nightclub. By adding a gorgeous black long sleeve top. And black leggings with a sexy pump or stilettos. You’ve just turned heads and breaking necks at the same time. Of course, this look should be worn by women who possess, strong confidence and ability.

All these looks are affordable, achievable and most importantly, must haves for late 2016 and early Spring 2017. They are simple, sophisticated, tastefully sexy and yet personalized with you, in mind.

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The Godfather of HipHop

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By

Hope Elle

When one ask the question, “Where did Hip Hop originate from?” Likely, there may be numerous answers. However, if the question is, “Who founded Hip Hop?” You’re guaranteed to here this named uttered, in the topic of discussion, Gil Scott-Heron. Although, viewed in the music genres of American Jazz, particularly Jazz Poetry, Jazz-Funk,Soul and Proto-Rap.

Scott-Heron has been recognized throughout the industry as a spoken word artist, mainly in the 1970’s and 1980’s. His collaborative efforts with Brian Jackson, set the tone for a brilliant and ingenious musical fusion. Resulted in the engendered and creation of political rap, Hip Hop, Neo Soul and thus being labeled the Godfather of Rap.

Gil Scott-Heron’s career had expanded nearly 42 years, before his untimely death in 2011. And is most noted for his spoken word album Pieces of A Man. Which featured the hit urban political rap “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” According to Wikipedia.com, “the lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. His own term for himself was “bluesologist”, which he defined as “a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues”.

The critically acclaimed album spawned a once, recited poem into a mega hit. Originally, the song was recorded with bongos and congas drum. The recorded track included a studio session band. And was the B-side to another successful single on the album, “Home Is Where The Hatred Is”.  The potency and deep meaning of the song’s title, the original and necessary slogan for the 60’s Civil Rights Movement; in particular the Black Power Movement. It’s relevancy in the 1960’s United States, mentioned what the revolution will do, will not do or will not be.

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BOLD IS THE WAY TO GO!

As far back, as I can remember, I have always loved fashion and beauty. My late mother, Margo Elle, was highly instrumental in introducing me to different styles and trends, to achieve a desired look. I would watch her take her 33mm camera and photograph the sunset and sunrise. Or picking up falling leaves from the trees in the park, to compare the array of colors within the leaves. The idea being, to creatively blend colors and patterns in a way to accentuate the beauty of individual style. Much like the article I read in http://www.thezoereport.com; where it celebrates one’s ability to boldly standout through sharp expressive colors and style. ~Hope Elle~

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The Ayurvedic Cleanse

​If you’re anything like me, you desire to try many diets (or as I like to call it “Nutrition Transitions”) to properly detox your body; to better incorporate food consumption, designed to heal and strengthen your body can be rather confusing. I was reading this article from http://www.thezoereport.com, and found myself relating to every aspect of it. There’s truly more to detoxing and healing your body through home fresh cooking, than meets the eye. But so worth in the end, and your body will love you for it. ~Hope Elle~

What’s An Ayurvedic Cleanse? One Editor Finds Out The Hard Way

by Erin Nicole January 26, 2017

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What Is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda—essentially a holistic approach to health—is known by many as the sister science to yoga, and its origins date back thousands of years in India. In Ayurvedic tradition, everything we know and experience is made up of five elements: earth, wind, fire, air and space. Each human being has a unique composition of these five things, known as their dosha, and according to Ayurveda, keeping them balanced is what keeps us healthy. Ayurvedic practitioners believe that anything natural can be medicinal—as all matter contains the five elements—but that nothing is more healing than food. Gwyneth Paltrow  has been known to embrace it as a means of detox—and that’s about the best endorsement any centuries-old practice can get here in the 21st.

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The specific take on Ayurveda I’ve decided to try is called The Layer, a 10-day program hosted by one of my favorite fitness movements of all time, The Class by Taryn Toomey. Simply put, the goal is to reset: to eliminate common irritants from my diet, cut out bad habits and optimize the whole mind-body package for best health.

Preparation For The Cleanse

To gear up, I join my brave fellow Layer initiates, all women, all in their 30s to 50s, at the home of instructor Natalie Kuhn. She gives us each a box of goodies that contains the following: Minerals de Mer Body Soak, a tongue scraper, Moon Juice probiotics, turmeric, cayenne pepper, magnesium supplements, vitamin D supplements, chlorophyll supplements, a body scrubbing glove and Aloha Protect Tea. It also contains a booklet with a day-by-day breakdown of the program—what to eat and when to eat it, recipes for suggested meals and instructions on when and how to tongue-scrape, bathe, do belly rolls and take supplements.
I’m immediately overwhelmed. I had thought this would be easy, but the recipes look intense (I can’t even cook macaroni and cheese!), and I recognize almost none of the ingredients. All are alcohol-, gluten-, caffeine-, meat- and refined-sugar-free for the first half of the cleanse, at which point fish and eggs join the list of verboten items. Natalie senses my discomfort (read: panic) and tells me I can find almost everything on the list at Trader Joe’s, and that I don’t have to make every recipe. I can pick the ones that seem easiest and stick to them. Still, she insists that cooking aids in the mindful self-care portion of the program, so I commit. 

After the meeting, I head straight to the grocery store, determined to start by making four or five of the recipes in preparation for the week. TJ’s indeed has a lot of the ingredients, but not all of them, so I move on to Sprouts, where I wander around like the lost KFC-eater I am, all the while feeling as if I’m being punked by Portlandia. By the time I finish foraging, it’s 6pm and I’ve been to Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, Whole Foods and Target—twice.

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Photo: Getty Images

The Cleanse, Days 1-5

Natalie is right. I love the cooking, even if it’s incredibly time-consuming. I put on Fleabag and haphazardly chop vegetables for hours, slicing my finger only once in the process. However, nothing I make turns out as I think it’s supposed to—my seed bread doesn’t in any way resemble actual bread, my chia pudding is a milky mess and my sweet potato soup is chunky due to a blender breakdown. Still, I’m not deterred. I’m determined to do this—it’s my personal, small-scale Everest.
Each day is meant to begin with tongue-scraping, a busy-girl’s dry brushing (with the glove, while showering), a hot water, lemon, turmeric and cayenne drink, the vitamin D supplements, the chlorophyll supplements and a belly roll. I do well with all of these except the belly roll, which I forget the first day and never remember thereafter. (Note: This is a mistake, as the belly roll is meant to relieve you of—ahem—excess air, of which you have plenty when on a diet of mostly vegetables.)
Now, I have a confession to make: I survive only three hours without coffee for the entire program, which makes me feel like a failure, but I have to get through my workday somehow and I’m not yet enlightened enough to do so without my morning caffeine. For the first eight days it’s my only setback—the rest of the time, I exist on my hardcore, home-cooked foods and I’m able to (oddly easily) shun office sweets.

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The Cleanse, Days 6-10

At this point, I believe you’re supposed to feel better than ever. I do not. My brain is foggy, even with my cup of coffee in the morning, and particularly in the afternoon. My theory is that it takes longer than five days to detox from sugar and all the unhealthy chemicals our bodies are addicted to, so I press forward.
Here’s the kicker, though. My stomach is the flattest it’s ever been (flatulence aside). Or, to rephrase for accuracy, my stomach is now flat and it has never before been so. I didn’t embark on the cleanse to lose weight, and I don’t think that’s what’s happening. Rather, I have a highly irritable digestive system, and for the first time in my life, it’s calmed by the gentle, whole foods I am consuming.
For most of the program, I’ve been staying in at night to avoid temptation, but by day eight I need to get out. Once I’ve broken free of my monastic existence, the glasses of wine my companions are drinking look like a mirage in the middle of a desert, and with their enabling I break down and order one—my second setback. Apparently, it’s easier for me to give up sugar, meat and processed foods than it is for me to give up caffeine and alcohol. I don’t know how to feel about this, but meh. Gwyneth I am not.

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Photo: Getty Images

The Aftermath

To be honest, I’m relieved the cleanse is over for one major reason: ease of life. Cooking complex recipes for three meals a day is exhausting. Also, the brain fog made writing tough, and writing is, you know, how I make my living. I do sense that this is the way I’m supposed to be eating all the time, which makes it feel like a strange thing to abandon in favor of a return to the poisons I regularly ingest.
To that end, what I take away from the cleanse is more life-changing than what I’ve gleaned from any similar program. After 30-some-odd years of never cooking for myself, I now do so several times a week and I love it. I have a whole pantry full of healthy ingredients I didn’t know existed before, and while I still can’t pull off anything from Amanda Chantal Bacon’s cookbook (who can?), I’ve mastered quite a few soups, curries and other vegetable-based dishes. For someone like me, I’d say that setting yourself a home-cooked-meal challenge is the thing to do, with bonus points for the healthful and detoxifying qualities of the food.
To aid you in this endeavor, try the Forks Over Knives app or, for cheaters, Purple Carrot meal delivery (which qualifies as cooking, the busy-girl way). I also highly recommend The Layer—the support group and guidelines are immensely helpful, educational and inspiring. Plus, Natalie tops my list of the best people on the planet, and her energy is healing, infectious and energizing, all of which you’ll need as you embark on this 10-day journey. Check back here for details on upcoming cleanses. ~The Zoe Report~

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How To Keep Your Skin Beautiful This Winter

​BEAUTY HACKS THAT WILL KEEP YOUR SKIN GLOWING THIS WINTER

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December 19, 2016

Winter is a beautiful time of year full of so many reasons to dress up and be extra glam, but it is also infamous for dry, cracked, irritated skin. This year, don’t hide your pretty and sweet face to avoid the frigid temps, clumpy snow, and cold winds. Just try these top winter beauty hacks instead from your friends at Beauty Bakerie and glow from the inside out.

EXFOLIATE YOUR FACE AND LIPS

Although common in the winter, dry flaky skin is not appealing. Combat the hydration-ridden winter air by exfoliating your skin about once per week. Use a gentle exfoliating scrub for oily or combination skin, and a peeling gel product for sensitive skin. Lips are even more sensitive to the harshness of winter and get cracked very easily. Slough away dry skin and reveal a soft pout with our Sugar Lip Scrub.

SWAP OUT YOUR CREAM MOISTURIZER FOR FACE OIL

This time of year, your sweet skin may need something more nourishing and penetrating than your usual cream moisturizer. With smaller particles than thick cream, a face oil uses a combination of hydrating oils to absorb well and sooth dry, inflamed skin. Apply a little Sugar Lip Scrub before bed for a hydrating boost for your lips.
ADD OATMEAL TO YOUR BATH

A warm bath is not only amazingly relaxing in the dead of winter but it can also be soothing and hydrating. For your next soak, add oatmeal and dried lavender to your bath and soothe your irritated, dry, and itchy skin. Once you’re out, warm up a bit of coconut oil in your hands and apply it all over your body.
USE YOUR FAVORITE WATERPROOF MAKEUP

The smudge-proof, waterproof matte and metallic  lipsticks, brow gels, cream eyeshadows, and gel eyeliners from Beauty Bakerie are essential for winter to combat the harsh wet weather. Use a black or brown gel eyeliner in between your lashes in place of mascara to avoid smears and clumps, apply an illuminator on your cheekbones to glow through the snow, and rock a red Lip Whip for the holiday season.

Try these amazing beauty hacks this winter and continue to rock your favorite looks day and night without dry, flaky skin or migrating makeup. Share your favorite winter beauty hacks in the comments below and check out more beauty tips inside our blog @ http://www.beautybakerie.com

 

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5 REASONS TO CHOOSE OUR FLOUR® SETTING POWDER

                               January 22, 2017

Hi Sweeties,

We know you are excited to get your hands on our newest product, our Flour® Setting Powder. The Flour® Setting Powder is 100% Vegan* (except the Pink Flour) and will come in 4 shades: Brown, Pink, Translucent and Yellow. There is so much information on the web about setting powders-we figured it would be best to talk about ours specifically, how it will charm its way into your home and makeup bags!

 

1. As with nearly all of our products, a little goes a long way! You can use a brush to lightly dust your face to set your foundation into place or you can use a beauty sponge to apply the Flour® just beneath your eyes to set your concealer and foundation.

2. It is mattifying! If you have combination or oily skin, the Flour® lends itself to oil control through its oil absorbing technology. Your oily days are over. 

3. It was made to have a lightweight feel. This can be attributed to its micro-fine translucent powders.

4. #WhatSmudge Cake Mix Foundation? While it is underway, make no mistake about what the Flour® can do on its own. It can be worn alone for those opting out of makeup for the day but is best atop your foundation-locking in your look while sustaining your skin’s natural moisture. 

5. Lastly, there is no flashback. While we love powdered donuts, we expect to enjoy eating them without looking as though we did. 

Flour®Setting Powder

Oven Release Date: February 2017

Shades: 4

Cruelty-Free: 100%

Vegan* (except Pink): 100%

We’d love to hear your thoughts! Drop your comments below. 

Until next time, Sugars!

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