Vogue 100 A Century Of Style

I would never thought that a journey through Vogue history can be something of an interest to me. I am not a fashion fan and I have never had a Vogue issue in my hands. But out of curiosity I went to Vogue 100 A Century Of Style exhibition at National Portrait Gallery and I got a chance to learn my lesson.

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The exhibition is part of Vogue centenary celebrations and is structured in a reverse chronology with each room dedicated to a single decade. The journey through time gets more and more interesting the furthers you go in the past.

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The most recent photos look very familiar since that is what we are used to see in everyday life. Then you go through 90’s with young Kate Moss and all the supermodels, to hit 80’s with its very unique approach to style. And things start to get even more interesting in 70’s and crazy 60’s. But yet my personal favorites come from 50’s and 40’s because they bring an interesting insight into the war and post-war times. Instead of hedonistic lifestyle, you witness fashion of scarce resource put into military context. The last two rooms cover photos and illustrations from 30’s and 20’s which, compared to 40’s, look almost like a fairy tale.

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The very end of the exhibition shows evolution of the magazine. At the same time it is a fascinating summary of fashion as well as lifestyle and social changes over the last 100 years. Going from one issue to another, I had an impression they are a great record of hopes and fears of their time. And to be honest it was a nice surprise from a magazine I am not fond of.

The exhibition is on until May 22, 2016 so if you have time and no idea what to do, pop in to National Portrait Gallery and start your own journey with Vogue.

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Spring is coming!

Once a year a very ordinary patch located next to train tracks changes into a colorful garden.

And this can mean only one thing – the spring is finally coming!

A drop of swimming pool philosphy

Learning swimming is not that easy once you reach adulthood. Water is too wet and too cold, swimming pool is too deep even at the shallow end and all those annoying kids dare to enjoy splashing. On top of that you are asked to lay on water and simply relax.

As a beginner swimmer with only two months of experience I still remember the stress of getting into water. My brain was constantly scared. The environment was so unfamiliar and the more I was trying to float the more I was failing. Until I realized that

we are used to taking actions to do or get something but sometimes it is best when we do nothing. 

And that what floating is about – you lay on your back and water does the hard job. It seems to be such an obvious thing and I am pretty sure it is for many of us. The only problem is that once you are trained to always take actions, you do it unconsciously. Even when you are failing, you are pushing more and more believing it will finally get you where you want.
Sometimes you just need to let it go. Take a deep breath, lay on water and relax.

Decaffeinating my days

Nearly two months ago I decided to cut down on caffeine and see what happens. I usually drink a cup of coffee in the morning and then I stick to water and six cups of black tea during day. It does not seem to be too much but if you realize I have been drinking black tea since childhood, it might get a bit scary. Even if caffeine has a negative impact on me, I probably just get on with it not knowing I can easily change it.
My small experiment started with a simple swap. Instead of six cups of black tea I had three cups of green tea and three cups of herbal teas like mint or nettle.
Based on Caffeine Informer my six cups of black tea, brewed for up to 1 minute, would give me around 120mg of caffeine. With herbal teas being caffeine free and green tea having around 25mg of caffeine, I managed to shave off ca. 45mg. It is not an extremely big difference but it was enough to improve my well-being. After around two weeks a constant feeling of anxiety, which has been with me since I remember, was gone.
This encouraged me to go a bit further. A week ago my yummy green tea was replaced with a tasty decaf green tea which is supposed to have 2mg of caffeine. It means that my intake dropped by around 70mg and the only proper source of caffeine is my morning coffee.
The first four days were quite hard. My energy level was very low and if I could, I would stay in bed all day long. Finally I got back on track and I have not been having any more withdrawal symptoms. The only thing left now is to observe myself and look for further benefits from the decreased intake.