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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Tasty turkey meatballs #recipe


For the sauce

    1 tbsp rapeseed oil
   1 onion, finely chopped
    2 carrot , finely diced
    2 celery sticks, finely diced
    2 garlic clove, thinly sliced
    1 fennel bulb, halved and thinly sliced, fronds reserved
    500g carton tomato passata
    500ml reduced-salt chicken stock
    2 tbsp chopped parsley
 broccoli and potatoes or pasta and salad, to serve

For the meatballs

    400g pack lean turkey  breast mince
    4 tbsp porridge oat
    1 tsp fennel seed, crushed
    1 garlic clove, crushed
    spray of oil


    Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan with a lid, then tip in the onion, carrots, celery, garlic and fennel, and stir well. Cover the pan and cook over a medium heat for 8 mins, stirring every now and then. Pour in the passata and stock, cover and leave to simmer for 20 mins.

    Meanwhile, tip the mince into a large bowl. Add the oats, fennel seeds and leaves, the garlic and plenty of black pepper, and mix in with your hands. Lightly shape into 25 meatballs about the size of a walnut. Spray or rub a non-stick pan with a little oil and gently cook the meatballs until they take on a little colour. Give the sauce a stir, then add the meatballs and parsley. Cover and cook for 10 mins until they are cooked through and the veg in the sauce is tender. Serve with broccoli and baby potatoes in their skins, or pasta and salad.


5 #BeautyTips To Steal From #Beyonce

1. Listen to your mother
“My best beauty advice came from my mother,” says Beyoncé. “She always says that outer beauty fades and inner beauty has a lasting effect. She also told me to wash my makeup off before going to bed. I don’t always, but I’m trying!”

2. Really baby your hair
“I make a hot-oil concoction with natural oils and vitamin E for Beyoncé to put on under a heating cap,” says Beyoncé’s hairstylist, Kim Kimble, who has worked with the singer for 12 years. “She asks for sulfate-free shampoos, which are gentler. She knows so much that I always tease her and say she’s a frustrated hairstylist!”
3. Embrace girl power
“My mom owned a hair salon, which was a great place to see women come together and start friendships,” says Beyoncé. “I did learn a little about taking care of my hair, of course, but the lessons I learned about taking care of others and myself were much greater.”

4. Keep it natural
“Beyoncé just likes to look like herself,” says makeup artist Jackie Gomez, who’s worked with the singer for eight years. “If we use false lashes, we use individuals, and I use a peach-toned primer to brighten her complexion.”
5. Make a statement
“During the last election, Solange said she wanted Obama spelled out on her nails,” says Beyoncé’s manicurist, Lisa Logan. “So I asked Minx to make a nail with Obama’s face on it to surprise Beyoncé and Solange. You can expect to see those again!"


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

#Candy Cane Jello Shots #Recipe

Cook Time: 10 min
Prep Time: 10 min
( Serves 12 )
Red Layer:
2 package (3 oz. each) cherry jello
1⅓ cup boiling water
⅔ cup Hot Damn Liquor
White Layer:
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup boiling water (divided)
2 package Knox Gelatin
½ cup cold water
¾ cup Peppermint Schnapps 

Red Layer Instructions:
  1. Mix the jello with the 1 1/3 cups boiling water.
  2. Stir until the jello mix is dissolved.
  3. Cool the solution and stir in 2/3 cups of liquor.
White Layer Instructions:
  1. Mix the sweetened condensed milk with 1/2 cup boiling water.
  2. Sprinkle the packages of Knox gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water.
  3. Let it stand; add remaining 1/2 cup boiling water to dissolve gelatin.
  4. Add gelatin mixture to milk mixture and stir to combine. Cool to room temperature.
  5. Stir in the peppermint schnapps.
Layering the Jello Shot:
  1. Alternate the white and red layers and refrigerate each layer until they are set.
  2. For added detail, put whipped cream, crushed candy canes and red sprinkles on the top of each jello shot.               

#MirandaKerr Poses Pretty for Madame Figaro December 2015 Cover

With no shortage of high-profile gigs on her schedule, Miranda Kerr managed to fit in yet another December cover spot for her friends at Madame Figaro.
The lovely Australian supermodel, who recently raised eyebrows with her nude front page photo for Harper’s Bazaar Australia, looks marvelously modern in her Louis Vuitton ensemble.
Miranda worked with photographer Nathaniel Goldberg and stylist Camille Seydoux for the shoot, sporting crop tops, moto jackets and long dresses.



Sunday, December 27, 2015

#KendallJenner is a Cover Cutie for #Vogue Brazil January 2016

Maintaining her already-impressive momentum, Kendall Jenner is the front page poser for the January 2016 issue of Vogue Brazil magazine.
All decked out in a metallic Dior dress and a bright and beautiful smile, the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star teams with photographer Russell James and stylist Pedro Sales for what will likely be the first of many spreads for the New Year.
Meanwhile, Kendall’s penchant for selfies was recently rewarded by Tumblr, who named her the most reblogged model of 2015.



#Animals #Whitetiger

The white tiger is a pigmentation variant of the Bengal tiger, which is reported in the wild from time to time in the Indian states of Assam, Bengal, Bihar, Sunderbans and especially in the former State of Rewa.


The white Bengal tigers are distinctive due to the color of their fur. The white fur caused by a lack of the pigment pheomelanin, which is found in Bengal tigers with orange color fur. When compared to Bengal tigers, the white Bengal tigers tend to grow faster and heavier than the orange Bengal tiger. They also tend to be somewhat bigger at birth, and as fully grown adults. White Bengal tigers are fully grown when they are 2–3 years of age. White male tigers reach weights of 200 to 230 kilograms and can grow up to 3 meters in length. As with all tigers, the white Bengal tiger’s stripes are like fingerprints, with no two tigers having the same pattern. The stripes of the tiger are a pigmentation of the skin; if an individual were to be shaved, its distinctive coat pattern would still be visible. For a white Bengal tiger to be born, both parents must carry the unusual gene for white colouring, which only happens naturally about once in 10,000 births. Dark-striped white individuals are well-documented in the Bengal tiger subspecies (Panthera tigris tigris or P. t. bengalensis) as well as having been reported historically in several other subspecies. Currently, several hundred white tigers are in captivity worldwide, with about one hundred being found in India. Their unique white color fur has made them popular in entertainment showcasing exotic animals, and at zoos.

White Siberian tigers

The existence of white Siberian tigers has not been scientifically documented, despite occasional unsubstantiated reports of sightings of white tigers in the regions where wild Siberian tigers live. It may be that the white mutation does not exist in the wild Siberian tiger population: no white Siberian tigers have been born in captivity, despite the fact that the subspecies has been extensively bred during the last few decades (with much outbreeding between the different Siberian lineages for purposes of conservation genetics); a recessive allele should occasionally turn up in a homozygous state during such breeding, and in this particular case yield white tigers from normally-colored parents, but no such animals have been reported.
The famous white Siberian tigers found in captivity are actually not pure Siberian tigers. They are instead the result of Siberian tigers breeding with Bengal tigers. The gene for white coating is quite common among Bengal tigers, but the natural birth of a white Bengal tiger is still a very rare occasion in the wild, where white tigers are not bred selectively.
The white tiger is not considered a tiger subspecies, but rather a hybrid mutant variant of the existing tiger subspecies. If a pure white Siberian tiger were to be born, it would therefore not be selectively bred within the tiger conservation programs. It would, however, probably still be selectively bred outside the program in an effort to create more white Siberian tigers. Due to the popularity of white tigers, they are used to attract visitors to zoos. White tigers are found in zoos in China commonly. White Tigers are very large. They can weigh up to 300 kg and reach more than 4 meters of length.

Stripeless white tigers and golden tabby tiger

An additional genetic condition can remove most of the striping of a white tiger, making the animal almost pure white. One such specimen was exhibited at Exeter Change in England in 1820, and described by Georges Cuvier as "A white variety of Tiger is sometimes seen, with the stripes very opaque, and not to be observed except in certain angles of light." Naturalist Richard Lydekker said that, "a white tiger, in which the fur was of a creamy tint, with the usual stripes faintly visible in certain parts, was exhibited at the old menagerie at Exeter Change about the year 1820." Hamilton Smith said, "A wholly white tiger, with the stripe-pattern visible only under reflected light, like the pattern of a white tabby cat, was exhibited in the Exeter Change Menagerie in 1820.", and John George Wood stated that, "a creamy white, with the ordinary tigerine stripes so faintly marked that they were only visible in certain lights." Edwin Henry Landseer also drew this tigress in 1824.
The modern strain of snow white tigers came from repeated brother–sister matings of Bhim and Sumita at Cincinnati Zoo. The gene involved may have come from a Siberian tiger, via their part-Siberian ancestor Tony. Continued inbreeding appears to have caused a recessive gene for stripelessness to show up. About one fourth of Bhim and Sumita's offspring were stripeless. Their striped white offspring, which have been sold to zoos around the world, may also carry the stripeless gene. Because Tony's genome is present in many white tiger pedigrees, the gene may also be present in other captive white tigers. As a result, stripeless white tigers have appeared in zoos as far afield as the Czech Republic (Liberec), Spain and Mexico. Stage magicians Siegfried & Roy were the first to attempt to selectively breed tigers for stripelessness; they owned snow-white Bengal tigers taken from Cincinnati Zoo (Tsumura, Mantra, Mirage and Akbar-Kabul) and Guadalajara, Mexico (Vishnu and Jahan), as well as a stripeless Siberian tiger called Apollo.
In 2004, a blue-eyed, stripeless white tiger was born in a wildlife refuge in Alicante, Spain. Its parents are normal orange Bengals. The cub was named Artico ("Arctic").
Stripeless white tigers were thought to be sterile until Siegfried & Roy's stripeless white tigress Sitarra, a daughter of Bhim and Sumita, gave birth. Another variation which came out of the white strains were unusually light-orange tigers called "golden tabby tigers". These are probably orange tigers which carry the stripeless white gene as a recessive. Some white tigers in India are very dark, between white and orange.


A white tiger's pale coloration is due to the lack of the red and yellow pigments that normally produce the orange color. This had long been thought to be due to a mutation in the gene for the tyrosinase enzyme. A knockout mutation in this gene results in albinism, the inability to make either pheomelanin or eumelanin, while the consequence of a less severe mutation in the same gene is the cause of a selective loss of pheomelanin, the so-called Chinchilla trait. The white phenotype in tigers had been attributed to this Chinchilla mutation in tyrosinase, and some publications prior to the 1980s refer to it as an albino gene for this reason. However, genomic analysis has demonstrated instead that a mutation in the SLC45A2 gene is responsible. The resultant single amino acid substitution in this transport protein, by a mechanism yet to be determined, causes the elimination of pheomelanin expression seen in the white tiger. This is a recessive trait, meaning that it is only seen in individuals that are homozygous for this mutation. Inbreeding promotes recessive traits and has been used as a strategy to produce white tigers in captivity.
The stripe color varies due to the influence and interaction of other genes. Another genetic characteristic makes the stripes of the tiger very pale; white tigers of this type are called snow-white or "pure white". White tigers, Siamese cats, and Himalayan rabbits have enzymes in their fur which react to temperature, causing them to grow darker in the cold. A white tiger named Mohini was whiter than her relatives in the Bristol Zoo, who showed more cream tones. This may have been because she spent less time outdoors in the winter. White tigers produce a mutated form of tyrosinase, an enzyme used in the production of melanin, which only functions at certain temperatures, below 37 °C (99 °F). This is why Siamese cats and Himalayan rabbits are darker on their faces, ears, legs, and tails (the color points), where the cold penetrates more easily. This is called acromelanism, and other cats breeds derived from the Siamese, such as the Himalayan and the snowshoe cat, also exhibit the condition. Kailash Sankhala observed that white tigers were always whiter in Rewa State, even when they were born in New Delhi and returned there. "In spite of living in a dusty courtyard, they were always snow white." A weakened immune system is directly linked to reduced pigmentation in white tigers.

Genetic defects

Outside of India, inbred white tigers have been prone to crossed eyes, a condition known as strabismus, an example of which is "Clarence the cross-eyed lion", due to incorrectly routed visual pathways in the brains of white tigers. When stressed or confused, all white tigers cross their eyes Strabismus is associated with white tigers of mixed Bengal x Siberian ancestry. The only pure-Bengal white tiger reported to be cross-eyed was Mohini's daughter Rewati. Strabismus is directly linked to the white gene and is not a separate consequence of inbreeding. The orange litter-mates of white tigers are not prone to strabismus. Siamese cats and albinos of every species which have been studied all exhibit the same visual pathway abnormality found in white tigers. Siamese cats are also sometimes cross-eyed, as are some albino ferrets. The visual pathway abnormality was first documented in white tigers in the brain of a white tiger called Moni after he died, although his eyes were of normal alignment. The abnormality is that there is a disruption in the optic chiasm. The examination of Moni's brain suggested the disruption is less severe in white tigers than it is in Siamese cats. Because of the visual pathway abnormality, by which some optic nerves are routed to the wrong side of the brain, white tigers have a problem with spatial orientation, and bump into things until they learn to compensate. Some tigers compensate by crossing their eyes. When the neurons pass from the retina to the brain and reach the optic chiasma, some cross and some do not, so that visual images are projected to the wrong hemisphere of the brain. White tigers cannot see as well as normal tigers and suffer from photophobia, like albinos.
Other genetic problems include shortened tendons of the forelegs, club foot, kidney problems, arched or crooked backbone and twisted neck. Reduced fertility and miscarriages, noted by ”tiger man” Kailash Sankhala in pure-Bengal white tigers were attributed to inbreeding depression. A condition known as "star-gazing" (the head and neck are raised almost straight up, as if the affected animal is gazing at the stars), which is associated with inbreeding in big cats, has also been reported in white tigers. Some white tigers born to North American lines have bulldog faces with a snub nose, jutting jaw, domed head and wide-set eyes with an indentation between the eyes. However, some of these traits may be linked to poor diet rather than inbreeding.
There was a 450 lb (200 kg) male cross-eyed white tiger at the Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo in Hawaii, which was donated to the zoo by Las Vegas magician Dirk Arthur. There is a picture of a white tiger which appears to be cross-eyed on just one side in Siegfried & Roy's book Mastering The Impossible. A white tiger, named Scarlett O'Hara, who was Tony's sister, was cross-eyed only on the right side.
A male white tiger named Cheytan, a son of Bhim and Sumita born at the Cincinnati Zoo, died at the San Antonio Zoo in 1992 from anaesthesia complications during root canal therapy. It appears that white tigers also react strangely to anaesthesia. The best drug for immobilizing a tiger is CI 744, but a few tigers, white ones in particular, undergo a re-sedation effect 24–36 hours later.This is due to their inability to produce normal tyrosinase, a trait they share with albinos, according to zoo veterinarian David Taylor. He treated a pair of white tigers from the Cincinnati Zoo at Fritz Wurm's safari park in Stukenbrock, Germany, for salmonella poisoning, which reacted strangely to the anaesthesia.
Mohini was checked for Chédiak-Higashi syndrome in 1960, but the results were inconclusive. This condition is similar to albino mutations and causes bluish lightening of the fur color, crossed eyes, and prolonged bleeding after surgery. Also, in the event of an injury, the blood is slow to coagulate. This condition has been observed in domestic cats, but there has never been a case of a white tiger having Chédiak-Higashi syndrome. There has been a single case of a white tiger having central retinal degeneration, reported from the Milwaukee County Zoo, which could be related to reduced pigmentation in the eye. The white tiger in question was a male named Mota on loan from the Cincinnati Zoo.
There is a myth that white tigers have an 80% infant mortality rate. However, the infant mortality rate for white tigers is no higher than it is for normal orange tigers bred in captivity. Cincinnati Zoo director Ed Maruska said: "We have not experienced premature death among our white tigers. Forty-two animals born in our collection are still alive. Mohan, a large white tiger, died just short of his 20th birthday, an enviable age for a male of any subspecies, since most males live shorter captive lives. Premature deaths in other collections may be artifacts of captive environmental conditions...in 52 births we had four stillbirths, one of which was an unexplained loss. We lost two additional cubs from viral pneumonia, which is not excessive. Without data from non-inbred tiger lines, it is difficult to determine whether this number is high or low with any degree of accuracy." Ed Maruska also addressed the issue of deformities: "Other than a case of hip dysplasia that occurred in a male white tiger, we have not encountered any other body deformities or any physiological or neurological disorders. Some of these reported maladies in mutant tigers in other collections may be a direct result of inbreeding or improper rearing management of tigers generally."


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Suki Waterhouse Plugs Express Edition Collection

Continuing her long and successful partnership with the Express clothing brand, Suki Waterhouse stars in the campaign for the label’s first capsule collection.
The English supermodel joins fellow pretty poser Magdalena Frackowiak in the new spread, featuring military jackets, snazzy tops and lace dresses, mostly in black and grey.
According to Express, the Edition lineup takes things to the next level with higher-end materials and more attention to tailoring.



Thursday, December 24, 2015

#AmandaSeyfried Sizzles in Madame Figaro #December 2015 Feature

The camera absolutely loves her feminine form and stunning features, so it’s not exactly surprising that Amanda Seyfried's December 2015 spread for Madame Figaro is positively perfect.
The “Lovelace” lady perks up her pucker with a slick of siren red lipstick while photographer Thomas Nutzl captures her essence in a variety of poses.
For the shoot, Amanda got to wear a slew of exciting ensembles from designers like Blumarine, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, DSquared2 and Valentino




#MirandaKerr Returning Home to Cook For #Christmas

Model Miranda Kerr will be getting her hands dirty by helping with the Christmas cooking with her family in New South Wales, Australia.
Although the star lives in New York, she has returned to the town of Gunnedah, where she grew up, with her son by ex-husband Orlando Bloom, four-year-old Flynn.
Miranda revealed that she'll be joining members of the Kerr clan in the kitchen on the big day and will enjoy spending time whipping up a Christmas feast with her relations.
"For me it's really important to be with my family this time of year, so we're going to Australia to stay with my grandparents and my extended family," Miranda tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper.
"We all get together and we all cook together, there's no pressure on one person to do it all. Christmas is just about spending time with each other and appreciating those bonds."
In a separate interview with Daily Mail Australia, the beauty reveals she hopes her attempts at cooking are more successful than the last time she entered the Christmas kitchen.
"Last time I made gluten free cookies, it didn't turn out the way I (wanted), my son was like, "Mum, you really made this?'," she said. "Seeing Flynn's face was really, one of those moments that I'll never forget. Can't get it right all the time!"
Even if Flynn is left disappointed by his mother's culinary skills, the star thinks he'll have a great time playing with his grandmother.
"Watching my son with my grandma is just priceless," she tells the publication.
"It's incredible to see them together because they're both very cheeky and they both feed off each other (and) that kind of energy. She likes playing with him and running around the house and playing hide and seek."



#KendallJenner Shines for #EsteeLauder #Fragrance Spread

She’s the face of Modern Muse Le Rouge from Estee Lauder, and Kendall Jenner looks absolutely fabulous in the newly released campaign.
The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star posed for the snapshots while conducting a Q&A with fans regarding the various aspects of the holiday season.
When asked about an appropriate gift for a Christmas party host, Kendall suggested, “A great bottle of wine or a nice decorative blanket.” As for her own gift wish list, Jenner confessed, “I haven’t thought that far yet. Let me keep you posted.”


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Miranda, Candice and Joan Star in Givenchy's Spring/Summer 2016 Campaign

He knows just how to garner all kinds of attention, and Riccardo Tisci has outdone himself with his brand new spread for Spring/Summer 2016.
And there’s no shortage of famous posers in the campaign, including Miranda Kerr, Joan Smalls, Lara Stone, Natalia Vodianova and Candice Swanepoel.
Tisci recruited Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott to photograph the beautiful ladies and breathtaking apparel, with further releases slated for a later date.


#KendallJenner is #Tumblr’s Top Model of 2015!

She’s been all over the fashion week runways and scored multiple magazine covers, so it’s not exactly surprising that Kendall Jenner scored the number one spot in Tumblr’s year-end model ranking.
The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” cutie came in just ahead of gal pals Cara Delevingne and Gigi Hadid, who landed at #2 and #3 respectively.
Then again, both Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell made it into the top 10, proving that the young chicks aren’t getting all the glory.
The 2015 Tumblr Top 20 Models are:
1. Kendall Jenner
2 .Cara Delevingne
3. Gigi Hadid
4. Karlie Kloss
5. Candice Swanepoel
6 .Naomi Campbell
7. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
8. Kate Moss
9. Jourdan Dunn
10. Taylor Hill
11. Bella Hadid
12. Aya Jones
13. Adriana Lima
14. Emily Ratajkowski
15. Alexa Chung
16. Imaan Hammam
17. Kiko Mizuhara
18. Tyra Banks
19. Hailey Baldwin
20. Lily Aldridge


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

#LeonardoDiCaprio Kicks Off 2016 On Wired’s January Cover

As one of the most iconic actors of his generation, Leonardo DiCaprio always pushes himself to new limits to see what he’s capable of achieving.
In his January 2016 cover story for WIRED magazine, the “Titanic” hunk discusses his latest project, an Alejandro Inarritu flick called “The Revenant. “Every single day of this movie was difficult. It was the most difficult film I’ve ever done. You’ll see, when you see the film- the endurance that we all had to have is very much up on the screen.
Leo adds, “We had a lot of complications while shooting, because it was the hottest year in recorded history. In Calgary there were all these extreme weather events. One day we were trying to do a scene and it turned out to be 40 below zero, so the gears of the camera didn’t work. Then twice during the movie we had 7 feet of snow melt in a day—all of it, within five hours—and we were stuck with two or three weeks of no snow in a film that’s all snow. So we had to shut down production multiple times. That’s what happens with climate change; the weather is more extreme on both ends.”


Sunday, December 13, 2015

#LindsayLohan Fronts #Winter 2015 Issue of #NoTofuMagazine

Adding to her massive pile of photo spreads, Lindsay Lohan is the cover girl for No Tofu magazine’s Winter 2015 edition.
In the Ellen Von Unwerth-shot session, the 29-year-old “Mean Girls” actress poses seaside on location in Mykonos, Greece in a series of nautical ensembles and bathing suits.
Lohan has been lying low in London as of late, building her stage acting resume in “Speed the Plow,” and generally avoiding the prying American paparazzi.




#EmilyRatajkoski Unveils Eco-Friendly “Emily” #Dress

Always looking to expand her horizons, Emily Ratajkowski joined forces with designer Christy Dawn to come up with a darling dress concept that’s both philanthropic and kind to the environment.
The “Gone Girl” gal’s new creation is called the “Emily” and is now on sale for $250 online and at the Venice, California location of the Christy Dawn store.
Adding to the excitement, 25% of the proceeds will go to support Planned Parenthood. Ratajkowski explained, “I’ve always been interested in designing and creating clothes for women by women that are unique and flattering. Teaming up with Christy, an amazing friend, mother and entrepreneur, was an ideal situation. I couldn’t be happier with The Emily Dress, and am thrilled we are generating support for Planned Parenthood through a portion of the sales proceeds.”