Posted by Kristen Colapinto on February 25th, 2014
Thinking ahead to Fall/Winter 2014, Nautica took their menswear collection to the runway for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
To keep the men nice and cozy, Nautica infused a lot of luxe fabrics into the collection including: chunky knit sweaters, high wind resistant collars, leather detailing and even some super soft looking fur (perfect for snuggling up to, eh?).
Keeping in mind that there are plenty of great winter sports for the Nautica man to participate in, seasonal accessories include thick socks paired with tall boots (to help protect those feet from all that snow!), hats, ski goggles, and plenty of reflective shades.
This collection totally makes me want to make out at the top of a ski slope…or on the gondola ride up, or by the fireplace after skiing, while sipping on a hot buttered brandy (Yum and yum!).
Posted by Kristen Colapinto on February 24th, 2014
Lately I have been making a really strong effort to eat health- (y)(ier)(ish) and one of the ways I’ve been doing that is by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into my diet. Additionally, I have also been keeping a calorie budget to make sure I don’t over-indulge on too much food throughout the day, especially sugar or fried foods (my guilty pleasure).
This recipe for pan seared banana with honey and salted caramel almonds is great for a few reasons. Not only does it taste addictingly sweet – how can you possibly go wrong with banana, honey and salted caramel almonds?, but it only weighs in at about 150 calories! Plus, it’s pretty easy to make, which is good for someone like me who doesn’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen -yet.(I’m starting to realize that this cooking stuff can actually be kinda fun, who knew?)
The recipe below is an adaptation of one that I found on Pinterest for fried honey bananas. However, instead of using coconut or olive oil, I use a butter flavored, zero-calorie cooking spray and then add some salted caramel almonds to the mix.
Posted by Kristen Colapinto on February 23rd, 2014
I should have seen it coming. The two men hanging out by the exit of my building’s gated courtyard looked a little derelicte suspicious.
When they quickly slid out the locked gate behind me, as though they had been waiting for the opportunity (you need a key to exit as well as enter), it struck me as odd and so I questioned them.
“I see you guys forgot your keys”, I lightly remarked.
I was answered with a duo of feigned “yessssses” followed by an awkward moment of one of them rattling off an apartment number, quickly followed by a “but-technically-I-don’t-live-here-right-now“. Yup, these guys were most likely up to something, but at least they were exiting the property not entering and since they didn’t seem to be in a hurry, I figured it couldn’t be anything too bad. They probably just wanted to hang out by the pool, or something. That seems innocent enough, right?
Now I had been well warned not to bring any of my valuables to the beach where unfortunately, there is a problem with pick pocketing (to be fair, many beaches around the world have this problem – it tends to come with the territory). Thankfully I took this advice and left my wallet and phone at home.
Posted by Kristen Colapinto on February 22nd, 2014
I am in love with these pics that Chanel Iman posted on her Instagram Feed from her recent photo shoot with Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition where she got to hang out with lemurs!!!
As some of you might know, I was the proud caretaker of several lemurs when I worked as a zookeeper in Florida. Additionally, I hand raised a ring-tailed lemur named Nikos, and then adopted him when I eventually left my position at the zoo. Nikos lived with me for a little over eight years and during that time he never ceased to amaze me with his intelligence and personality.
I think it’s safe to say that I am a little enamored with these beautiful animals that - interesting fact - derive their name from the word lemures, meaning ghosts or spirits, in Roman mythology.
Chanel’s photo shoot took place in the lemurs’ endemic home on the island of Madagascar, during which she almost got bit! (more after the jump)
Posted by Kristen Colapinto on February 21st, 2014
In many of her interviews, Sophia Turner, who plays Sansa Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones, has admitted that she is NOT a fan favorite. In fact, one of the hardest lessons she had to learn after gaining fame from the show was how to not take people hating her character personally.
While her on screen family is generally busy fighting, and often dying, in a war, Sansa is left in the palace of her enemies where she is both pampered and frequently abused. Compared to many of the heroic efforts of her relatives, Sansa does indeed come off as a spoiled brat at times. But there is definitely more depth to her character than that!
Personally, Sansa is one of my favorite characters; her ability to remain in the castle with King Joffrey and his evil mother after all the horrible and vicious attacks they have made against her must take an incredible amount of willpower. Then Margaery Tyrell enters the picture and Sansa shows a softer side and finally lets down her guard just enough to let us know that she hasn’t become a wall of stone. Plus, all other things aside, she is gorgeous, I mean G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!
So…today I would like to wish the real life Sansa Stark, aka Sophia Turner a very Happy Birthday as she turns 18!
Some interesting facts about our birthday girl [wiki]:
Game of Thrones is her first television role…ever. Which is pretty amazing.
Her drama teacher encouraged her to audition for the part.
She dyed her blonde hair auburn for the role.
After season one ended, her family adopted Zunni, the dog that played Sansa Stark’s direwolf, Lady.
Turner was born in Northampton and moved to Warwick when she was two years old. She attended Warwick Prep School until eleven years old, and later King’s High School.
Posted by Kristen Colapinto on February 20th, 2014
Katy Perry just released her newest music video, “Dark Horse” and the theme is very…well, a CandyLand version of Egypt.
Basically, if Katy were to go back in time and bring all of her favorite, sugary snacks like cupcakes and Twinkies, along with some over-sized, sparkling diamonds and jewels, then it would look like this video.
Oh, and let’s not forget the adorable cameo by her Pomeranian puppy that, IMO, doesn’t really make sense in the video, but makes me smile anyway. Until the end, when it gets a little weird.
During the video, Katy takes on an alter ego as ‘Katy Pätra’, the Queen of Memphis and throughout she is wearing some pretty cool outfits that are definitely fit for a queen: a gorgeous white dress by Versace, Manolo Blahnik heels, a second, even more gorgeous dress by Nicolas Jebran, Lanvin jewlery, etc., etc. [MTV has a recap of each outfit here]
I’m also digging the make-up, which is heavy on both the glitter and the eyeliner. My favorite part though is her hair, which at one point is studded – Yes, studded, which is totally awesome! I want to try putting studs in my hair, but I have a feeling that people would just look at me funny and tell me that I have something in my hair.
Oh, and one more thing – (just in case you need another reason to watch) – there’s a stripper pole, and Katy Perry dances on it.
Posted by Kristen Colapinto on February 17th, 2014
Similar to designers like Betsey Johnson and brands like Victoria’s Secret, Desigual fashion shows have the models practically dancing their way down the runway.
Par for course, Desigual’s Fall/Winter 2014 Collection was presented to an upbeat tempo, based on a philosophy of tolerance, positivity and fun! As the models showed off the new designs, they engaged an audience of celebrities, press and photographers by smiling, blowing kisses, winking, and making the shape of a heart with their hands!
Speaking of Victoria’s Secret, you might have recognized a few famous faces strutting their stuff this season?
V.S. Angels, Candice Swanepoel and Erin Heatherton were just a couple of the big name models who walked in the show!
Also, debuting her runway skills for the first time at New York Fashion Week was Real Housewife of Beverly Hill’s Yolanda Foster’s daughter, Gigi Hadid, who is making fashionable headlines as the ‘rookie of the year’ and the ‘girl to watch out for!’ [see pic below]
Posted by Kristen Colapinto on February 16th, 2014
One of my new favorite hobbies since coming to Puerto Rico is body boarding (a sport similar to surfing, but you generally don’t stand up on the board). I love the thrill of catching a good wave and I’ve often compared the adrenaline rush to that of skiing – another sport I love.
Recently, I was blown away when I came across this book called DISTANT SHORES: Surfing The Ends of the Earth. In it, renowned surf photographer Chris Burkhard captures breathtaking photography from the most remote locations around the globe including landscapes covered in snow like Iceland and Norway!
Chris Burkard’s photographs are punctuated by energized landscapes and the adventure seeking lifestyle that this sport encompasses. Searching for wild, remote destinations and offbeat landscapes, Burkard portrays the humble placement of the human in contrast to nature.