Our latest digitale couture became physical French couture!!!💕
Kocher aims to bring together a vision of urbane contemporary dressing spliced with the exquisite crafts seldom harnessed in the real world. “It’s a melting pot of Parisian romance, Asian color-clash, the New Yorker’s cool sportswear. There are easy nylon track pants and dresses requiring hours of embroidery to create,” the designer said, as her chill cast milled around in the corridor. Point in case, a lightweight parka delicately fringed with feathers, bejeweled crop tops, or fantastic low riding jeans with a singlet one-piece. Everywhere, pseudo ethnic silver jewelry (if your tribe is the neo-raver one) twinkled and tinkled.
This is the don’t-care-for-gender dress form of athleisure, a savant mixture of the trappings of 1980s, 1990s sportswear combined with the craftsmanship of couture.
All of it smacked of questionable youthful taste, but that would be missing the painstaking attention to details where snobbery might only see dubiously printed polyester and lurid laces. By deploying the arsenal of age-old crafts on the synthetic and man-made, is Kocher breaking the last taboo, or bridging a divide no longer necessary? For the Willow and Jaden Smith generation, Koché is exactly what couture means.
“Mindfulness-Based Mind Fitness Training” or “M-Fit” was designed by former U.S. Army Capt. Elizabeth Stanley. She discovered the power of inner piece when she started doing yoga and meditation to battle her posttraumatic stress disorder.
Mindfulness can help war fighters think more clearly under fire when they are often forced to make quick decisions that could mean life or death, and help them reset their nervous systems after being in combat. The M-Fit training improves the soldiers’ emotional health and their mental performance under the stress and strain of war.
Mindfulness and meditation comes from a 2,500-year-old buddhist tradition and is rooted in ethics and nonviolence. Meditation practice has always been grounded in an understanding of karma: our actions make a difference. In the recent years, Mindfulness has exploded into an industry that ranges from the monastery to the military. Soldiers, prisoners, managers and office workers are practicing mindfulness. A growing number of businesses are learning that employee satisfaction (read: a peaceful mind) and employee productivity go hand in hand.
The use of M-Fit in the American Army is based on a growing body of scientific research indicating that regular meditation alleviates depression, boosts memory and the immune system, shrinks the part of the brain that controls fear and grows the areas of the brain responsible for memory and emotional regulation.
Most soldiers like the M-Fit training. One general describes his army meditation practice as “doing pushups for the brain”.
Friday is an Australian 62 years young lady who lives on an island in the middle of the South China Sea. Her goal is to inspire people to give the body, mind and soul more loving kindness. She enjoys the rarest kind of pristine, quiet life, relaxed and free of timetables and schedules. Friday’s rare quality lifestyle is all about ‘simplifying’, free of clothes and toxic baggage: No alcohol, no cigarettes, no clothes, no shoes, no make-up. She swims, snorkels, sun-bakes, practices daily tai chi and yoga, jogs and dances on her beach as often as she cares to. Her daily diet is one of coconuts, tropical fruits, veggies, green leaves and herbs, all right from her own garden. Friday lives like this since 27 years.
Friday lives a polyamorous lifestyle. A handful of opened-minded, healthy men have been washed to her shores. Out of these encounters, evolved several beautiful long-term polyamorous relationships. Friday calls her men ‘Robinson Lovers‘. They also finically support her to maintain Friday’s Island. Her Robinson Lovers enjoy priceless sequential nurturing time, with only the purist of intentions and respect, sharing paradise separately around 1 month each year.
For Friday, an average day looks like this:
5 – 5.30am : Wake up – just after sunrise
Conch call – yoga, tai chi and/or chi gong, meditation, then swim/snorkel back to clubhouse
8 – 8.30am : Breakfast Drink Noni eggnog (noni fruit, aloe vera gel, egg, coconut).
Chat with staff and later or work on a project.
10.30am : Breakfast Papaya (or other fruit) with spicy sauerkraut and green leaves.
Chat with staff and later work on a project or possibly work in the kitchen.
1.30 – 2.30pm : Daily Clay Bake (weather permitting) then swim.
Chat with staff and later or work on a project.
2.30 -3-30pm : Main Meal: Salad, green leafy veggies, sauerkraut and seaweeds, maybe some fish or egg.
3.30 – 5pm : Pampering Daily Massage Time
5pm – 6pm : Coconut snack of spicy sauerkraut green juice
Chat with visiting friends or relax.
6pm – 7.30pm : Run and/ or yoga/tai chi, then swim in the phosphorescence or under the moon.
7.30pm – 9pm : Coconut snack, green juice or bowl of soup, maybe a glass or two of kombucha.
Work on a project or watch a movie. Early to bed.
Pictures and information taken from Friday’s website malapacao.com.