Milan Menswear Shows Hightlights ? Spring/Summer 2016

Posted on Jul 5, 2015

Iceberg As sure as night follows day, or is that day follows night, I never know, Milan follows London on the Men?s Style Calendar. Yes, all those poor fashion journalists, buyers, opinion formers and of course the all important fashion PR?s have to pack up their designer luggage, and head off to the Italian capital of cool, Milano. Here like London we saw a whole host of trends presented to us by the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Versace and Pringle of Scotland, why does that last house not seem to quite fit in there ??? Missoni The first Spring/Summer 2016 trend we picked up was the use of Autumal hues being introduced in a Summer like way. We saw traditional tones like Burgundy, Mustard, Navy blue, Moss and Brown all being used to great effect to portray the opposing season they are known for by the likes of Fendi, Missoni, Pringle of Scotland and Marni. Bally This trend may have been aptly assisted by the following trend, which seems at the moment to be steam rolling its way through the entire Fashion industry from Mens and Womenswear and from the High End Luxury market right the way to the fast Fashion elements of the High Street retailers. That of course being the 1970?s as a great source of inspiration. However, it has to be said some brands achieved this, notoriously marmite decade, a lot better than others. These being the ones who were a little less literal in their interpretation of this era, houses from Bally, Missoni and Salvatore Ferragamo were more covert in their appreciation. Whereas others, who shall remain nameless seemed to use Shaggy from Scooby Doo as their muse for this season. Versace Anyway, moving on, travel never seems to bore as a source of inspiration for designers and this season was no exception we had Donnatella Versace and her team sourcing the cuts, shapes and silhouettes of India. Dolce & Gabbana, as always, used their Italian heritage as the basis for their designs but this time China and its iconology served as its twist on their take for SS16. But it was the ever traveller, Giorgio Armani who offered us an East meets West, using his own back catalogue as reference for his Emporio Armani collection. Dolce & Gabbana While we are talking about cultures feeding off one and others tailoring heritage, it was the Americans who showed us how it should be done on a formal front both iconic houses of Ralph Lauren, who offered an impeccable range of suiting for his Purple label and Italo Zucchelli for Calvin Klein Collection on a more contemporary tip. Not wanting to be outdone some of Italy?s oldest and traditional houses offered a Masterclass in tailoring excellence from Brioni to Brunello Cucinelli and Boglioli. Ralph Lauren Lastly, we have, sorry I have to say it,...

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50 #SnapHappy BritMums Summer prompts >> Join us!

Posted on Jul 4, 2015

Everyone has different plans over the summer, some schools are already breaking up but some, like mine, don?t break up until the 24th July. There are those families who are going abroad and those who are staying home. Those with wedding invites in the diary, those with park play dates and well, everyone?s summer is going to be different. We thought we?d keep the summer 2015 #SnapHappyBritMums prompts open to all, to join in as and when you please and be able to complete in no particular order. How to play #SnapHappyBritMums  We?ve come up with 50 summer prompts to get to grips with over the months of July and August. Work your way through them, in any order, skip some, do the lot, whatever. It doesn?t matter just have fun with it. Go crazy on your blog, Twitter and  your photo sharing apps. Just make sure you tag your pics #SnapHappyBritMums We?ll follow the stream and select a few to pin on our Pinterest board  Have fun! We have a badge for anyone who participates. Grab the code below! 125 x 125 #SnapHappyBritMums <a title=?BritMums ? Leading the Conversation? href=?http://www.britmums.com/category/snaphappybritmums-2/?><img id=?bm_badge_125x125_std? src=?http://www.britmums.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/snaphappybadge125.jpg? alt=?BritMums ? Leading the Conversation? width=?125? height=?125? border=?0? /></a> 150 x 150 #SnapHappyBritMums <a title=?BritMums ? Leading the Conversation? href=?http://www.britmums.com/category/snaphappybritmums-2/?><img id=?bm_badge_150x150_std? src=?http://www.britmums.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/snaphappybadge150.jpg? alt=?BritMums ? Leading the Conversation? width=?150? height=?150? border=?0? /></a> About Marianne Weekes BLOGS AT: Mari’s World; TWITTER: @maris_world. Mother of four and nana to three, Marianne Weekes has spent half her life in the UK and the other half in Italy. Blogging since Jan 2010, she finds it hard to drag herself away from her laptop. She likes to dabble in the kitchen, mess around with a camera, play at gardening, and she?s an expert in packing suitcases. She?d quite like to be an author translated into 25 languages but what she?s really good at is being a mum, a woman and a good friend. Share this: more topics This...

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Build And Fight: Sword Coast Legends Gameplay Vids

Posted on Jul 4, 2015

By Alice O’Connor on July 3rd, 2015 at 8:00 pm. Share this: Facebook Twitter Reddit Sword Coast Legends [official site] is not a new Baldur?s Gate, but the co-op-packing RPG does look pretty fun. I especially like the look of one player being a dungeon master, altering dungeons and setting up encounters to challenge players. DMs aren?t supposed to kill everyone, unless they want to quickly end up rolling dice by themselves, but they should create an interesting journey. A new pair of videos show someone creating a dungeon, using tools that look more powerful than I?d expected, then letting four players in to tackle it. Come have a look if you want to see 27 minutes of spiders. Here?s a chap setting up a dungeon: [embedded content] And here?s how it plays when four players arrive to confront the DM?s machinations: [embedded content] This is an archive of a livestream of the demo developers n-Space took to E3. That might explain why the devs are so much friendlier and more interesting than in the boring, stilted videos we usually see from games. Hey, you lot should do this more often. Sword Coast Legends is built on the Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition rules, and returns to that fantasy land made famous (in PC games, at least) by Baldur?s Gate games. It?s due to arrive for Windows, Mac, and Linux on September 8th. »Read more See...

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Cactus Crafts ? Hama Bead Jewellry

Posted on Jul 4, 2015

It is that time of year?.. the weather is hotting up and we are thinking about Summer themed crafts. There are so many things that say SUMMER to us ? from boats, to shells, to flying kites and sunflowers?. and one such thing is our prickly friend the cactus. I personally have a ?bit of a thing about? Cacti. I don?t know what it is, but I find Cacti irristible. So I thought it would  be fun to see if we could come up with a Hama Bead Cactus Pattern.. and then turn our Hama Bead Cactus into a necklace or keychain. So here is our effort.. what do you think? Cactus Crafts ? Hama Bead Necklace For your Cactus Hama Bead Necklace, you will need: (affiliate links added for convenience) Hama Beads in assorted colours (get yours here ? UK Readers, US Readers) A hexagonal pegboard or square pegboard depending on which pattern you want to make (get yours here ? UK Readers, US Readers) Grease proof paper And iron & ironing board A little wire or an eyelette A necklace or leather strap for hanging A sharp tool Here are you Hama Bead Cactus Patterns ? I later decided that I preferred ?black prickles? and also added some additional flowers as I thought they would look nice ? a bit like a charm bracelet Once you are ready, put on a heat proof surface such as an ironing board. Then using grease proof paper iron our Cactus Pattern on BOTH SIDE ? this will prevent it from falling apart. Once ironed and whilst still hot, make some holes for hanging with a sharp tool ? be careful not to hurt youself! Finally, I got a bit of wire and made a little hopp that went through the cactus and hung it on a simple necklace. These would look cute as key chains too! Did you like this? Share it: Tags: cactus, cactus crafts, hama beads, jewelry, melty beads, perler beads, succulents, Summer, Summer Camp Category: Flowers, Gifts That Kids Can Make, Kids Craft, Summer From Bulgaria more...

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Why Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri Is Looking Glass?s Forgotten Classic

Posted on Jul 3, 2015

By Rob Zacny on July 3rd, 2015 at 5:00 pm. Share this: Facebook Twitter Reddit Released in 1996, tactical mech simulator Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri [GOG page] was one of Looking Glass?s most interesting games ? and one of their biggest commercial failures. We asked Rob Zacny to explore what made the game so interesting in the wake of its recent addition to GOG.com. Peggy O?Connell and her husband Kevin Kulp tell a story about her days at Looking Glass Studios, where she worked as a designer on Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri. She?s asleep in bed while Kevin is playing Terra Nova on the computer in the next room. He?s been playing a ton of the game lately, and he?s got it pretty well figured-out. The mission he?s playing, however, involves deploying his squad of battle-suited soldiers against a pirate base on a moon. A pretty routine mission, and he treats it as such. He finds a safe vantage to scout the pirate defenses well out of range of their missile launchers and grenade launchers, while he rallies his squad and prepares to assault. ?I?m far from the pirate base,? he says. ?Way too far for them to target me. I?m advancing slowly. Suddenly one of my squadmates shouts, ?I?m hit! Systems critical! I?m out of here!? Or something similar. ?I?m bewildered. What hit him? I glance at the pirate base and ? WHAM! My second squadmate goes red, systems critical, and evacs. What? Now I look at the pirate base closely, see the thin line of the missile arcing in a low-gravity trajectory? and WHAM. Hits me head on, both the missile and what was happening.? Kevin gets up from the computer and bursts into the bedroom. ?Oh my God that moon mission is amazing! The low gravity! I couldn?t figure out why the pirates were hitting me until I realized, OF COURSE they can hit me. Because of the low gravity!? Peggy is still half-asleep as she squints at Kevin. ?It?s Dorian?s level. Leave me alone,? she growls, then turns over to get back to sleep. It?s a cute story about their early days as a couple, but also about the place she worked and the way that work affected people. It?s about the way Terra Nova was a game that was built to let players make discoveries and figure things out for themselves. The kind of things that make you wake up your best friend in the middle of the night because the most amazing thing just happened, and you want to share it with someone. Terra Nova was one of the biggest flops in Looking Glass history. Perhaps not coincidentally, it?s also their most unusual. While you could call Terra Nova a first person shooter, it?s really an attempt at simulating, in detail, the kind of powered battle armor so lovingly described in...

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