So I was sitting here envying the world their Zara summer sale. But then my girlfriend since university who’s now living in the US didn’t mind getting me a few things and I just couldn’t resist it (thank you, H.).
Just a couple of things, I tried to be grown up, and these sandals were a risk-taking decision. I loved the lace detail, and the design was something I had been looking for to wear on holidays: comfortable with a hint of elegance rather than sloppiness, but things that meet these criteria always seem to end up Birkenstocks!
Now I am sitting here praying they won’t look “Birkenstock” on me :’(
Ever since I had to relinquish my swimming exercise (it’s a pain, some nasty allergy popped up, just like that, after ten years in peace in the water) I’ve noticed that my arms and legs are loosing muscles. Walking and cycling don’t seem to work for me as alternatives, and I’ve never been into the gym. I panicked, really, and this was up to a point when I had to spend some minutes every morning working my arms as if I were in the pool doing breaststroke. I know flab is a thing you get from time (can’t say no), but I’m not middle-aged yet :’(
So I was so glad I found these ballet-based exercises last week, on Net-a-Porter’s The Edit. Just what the doctor ordered, because I’ve always loved dancing but even if there were a Ballet Beautiful right next door I probably wouldn’t afford it. These exercises look easy and as light as a feather but believe me, they aren’t. I was on my sixth day this morning and still had to skip one set of the fifth exercise. It really burns, and you’ll feel like you can’t lift your arms any more even when there are no weights involved.
I wouldn’t say my arms have been back to where they used to be (I don’t believe in quick results) but I am enjoying this new work-out and I am hopeful. If you are into dancers’ movements give it a try, it’ll be even better if like me, you happen to have a full-length mirror at home to enjoy the sight.
I’ve had to wait so long to mention it here. lemlem, a brand I love for both its aesthetic and the idea behind it. When we have a special feeling for something we tend to keep it just for ourselves. I shouldn’t, though I didn’t mean to, in this case. ... (more)
Liya Kebede is a supermodel (she doesn’t really need an introduction), and lemlem is a clothing business she started back in 2007, realizing that she should do something to preserve the traditional weaving technique of her home country Ethiopia which was in risk of disappearing. It was born a clothing line for kids, since she’s a mother herself, but today lemlem is a lot more – women’s clothing, accessories and even home accessories, all hand-woven, hand-made by Ethiopian women artisans. lemlem has its signature organic feel with various stripe patterns in fresh hues of colours, dyed on a delicate, white cotton fabric. Its summery pieces are easily associated with the beach, but I have seen pictures of them donned beautifully also on the street.
lemlem means flourish, or bloom, which is only true as today lemlem designs are stocked up not only online but also at stores in more than 20 countries (Asia too, Hongkong and Singapore). Being one who has had the same ambition for my own country, it just didn’t work out, but I should think I didn’t try hard enough, I know a kind heart is one thing, but strong will is another. Many socially conscious projects, sustainable projects, everywhere in this world, have been emerging and going. That Liya and her lemlem have gone this far truly impresses me, I can imagine how hard she has been working on it. I hope her lemlem will continue to “lemlem”, beautifully.
Liya Kebede wears a lot of lemlem, and has inspired many other women to support her Ethiopian artisans. They look good with a cause.
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