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Blast from the past

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The fifth annual Festival of Vintage was held at York Racecourse over the weekend. The sunny weather drew in crowds for the loud, flashy and up-beat event. The festival, which was a celebration of popular cultures from the 20th century, was situated in two main grandstands. Spread across three floors were stalls of vintage clothing, furniture and living displays, where visitors could trawl down memory lane. Exhibitions of radios, cassette players, juke boxes and record players were not to be missed, while outside classic vehicles such as cars, caravans, scooters and bikes were lined up for the crowd to admire.

The festival also boasted fashion parades, exhibiting looks from the 1930s as well as a chance for collectors to find hidden treasures in the ‘collectors corner’. Alongside this there were many attractions and novelties for the public to try, such as a barber’s shop and beauty parlour for those who wished to achieve a truly authentic vintage look. Also avilable were free dance lessons, where visitors were encouraged to partner up and learn popular moves from the 1930s such as the Charleston, Foxtrot and Swing dance.

The dance hall was situated in one of the main stands which housed a stage and atrium so that visitors could look on and enjoy talented music acts covering songs from the likes of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday and T-Rex.

Many of the visitors got into the spirit of the event and came dressed in vintage clothing from various eras. Some women wore traditional 50s floating prom dresses in brightly coloured florals and check prints with matching head accessories such as scarfs, turbans and flowers . Others wore more conservative tweed suits from the 40s with fur stoles, pearls and leather gloves.

Many men wore clothes imitating professional uniforms such as those from the armed forces. Some dressed as military officers from World War Two, one in an aviator’s brown leather bomber jacket and peaked cap, another in a pilot’s navy suit with gold braiding from the 50s. Others opted for attire inspired by the wealthy upperclasses of the 1920s such as the pinstripe suit, tie and waistcoat, complete with a pocket watch on a chain. Meanwhile, some men sported clothes from a later era, such as the retro ‘Grease Lighting’ look in leather jackets, rolled up jeans and waxed, back-combed hair.

The event proved very popular, attracting thousands of visitors, from people just looking for a unique day out, to die-hard vintage lovers. Over the two days, the festival provided people with the rare opportunity to observe some of the iconic styles of the past as well as purchase new or second hand items from the stalls of fresh upcoming designers.

Although these events usually attract the generations who grew up during the respective eras on show, it was nice to see a younger generation who also share this unique interest. Despite these styles rarely being seen on our streets today, the vintage festival created an alternate world where modern clothing seemed lacking and out of place. Overall events such as this allow us a chance to look back at a pioneering time for fashion and music that created and still inspires our lifestyles today.Read more here:bridesmaid dresses australia

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The biggest global fashion icons expected in Cannes

As is the case every spring, a veritable who's who of celebrities will meet for the annual celebration of the seventh art in Cannes, taking place this year from May 13-24. Besides international cinema icons, dozens of fashionistas, the instantly recognisable faces of the most luxurious of brands, will also be walking the red carpet in haute couture gowns designed by the most celebrated houses.

For two weeks, the Riviera will be brimming with actresses there to represent their films, be they in competition or not. Whether ambassadors for luxury fashion houses or not, every year French and Hollywood stars up the ante in originality and elegance to be the focus of attention as they perform the traditional march up the steps of the Palais des Festivals.

Marion Cotillard, a fixture at this annual celebration of cinema, will be on hand to defend Justin Kurzel's “Macbeth.” She will most likely once again walk the red carpet wearing Dior, as will Natalie Portman, another muse for the French brand, who will present (out of competition) her directorial debut, “A Tale of Love and Darkness.”

Chanel is expected to dress Diane Kruger, one of its most recognisable faces, who has the lead female role in Alice Winocour's “Maryland.”

Phenomenal designs should also highlight the forms of Sophie Marceau, Sienna Miller, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Emma Stone and Charlize Theron, all eagerly awaited on the Riviera.

L'Oréal Paris it-girls and muses

Kendall Jenner, who since her appearance in Cannes last year has become an unstoppable force in the fashion world, could make a return this year. The newest darling of the designers will inevitably be the centre of attention, the choice of her dress commented on and analysed ad infinitum. Though we can expect her to be dressed in Chanel, since she has already posed for Karl Lagerfeld, Kendall can always surprise.

Cara Delevingne and Rihanna are also expected in Cannes to partake in some of the infamously wild parties.Read more here:formal dresses 2014 | formal dress shops sydney

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Embrace daily massage to improve health

Embrace daily massage to improve health
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Love massage? You now have a scientific reason to go for it now.

Massage does improve vascular function in people who had not exercised, says research, suggesting that massage has benefits for people regardless of their level of physical activity.

Massage therapy improves general blood flow and alleviates muscle soreness after exercise, according to researchers.

"Improved circulation and relief of muscle soreness are common claims made for massage's benefits, but no studies have substantiated such claims till date," said Shane Phillips, an associate professor of physical therapy at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

"Our study validates the value of massage in exercise and injury, which has been previously recognised but based on minimal data," added Nina Cherie Franklin, a post-doctoral fellow at UIC.

The researchers had set out to see if massage would improve systemic circulation and reduce muscle soreness after exercise.

Healthy sedentary adults were asked to exercise their legs to soreness using a standard leg press machine.

Half of the exercisers received leg massages, using conventional Swedish massage techniques, after the exercise.

As expected, both exercise groups experienced soreness immediately after exercise.

The exercise-and-massage group reported no continuing soreness 90 minutes after massage therapy.

The exercise-only group reported lasting soreness 24 hours after exercise.

"We believe that massage is really changing physiology in a positive way. This is not just blood flow speeds - this is actually a vascular response," Franklin added.

For people with limited mobility or those with impaired vascular function, further research may show that regular massage offers significant benefits, the authors said in a study reported in the journal Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.Read more here:pink formal dresses

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