Kristyan combines her love of fashion with passion for sustainability

WATCHING a Kenyan man make jewellery from coconuts and toys from thongs was enough to bring Kristyan Evele back to Adelaide a changed woman. She admits it’s a cliche, but the culture shock stirred an internal shift. The resourcefulness of the locals and their connection to the land was inspiring. “There was a man who used all the rubber from thongs that had washed on the beach and he would melt them down and make shapes and toys and then they were sold at the markets,” says Evele, who travelled…

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14 Indian Pancakes (Desi Pancakes) We Are Sure You Would Love to Devour

Talk about pancakes, all you can think of those crepes loaded with rich, creamy sauces and syrups. Pancakes are thin, flat, round bread-like delights especially eaten during breakfast or evening as tea time snacks. Come to think of it, India has innumerable varieties of pancakes spread across different regions in the country. Considering our special love for them, we list some of the most exquisite Indian pancakes that you would hate to miss out on. Read on! 1. Besan ka Cheela Besan ka Cheela or Besan Chilla is one of the most popular…

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How To Quit Fast Fashion And Fall Back In Love With Your Wardrobe

I love fashion, but I hate the industry. There are so many problems with fast fashion. Alongside being one of the most polluting industries in the world, it’s also responsible for the exploitation of children and other ethically dubious practices. The more I learn about fast fashion, the more I know I should be buying from ethical brands; brands that are committed to the planet, and improving the lives of the people and animals who inhabit it. Quality clothing costs more because it’s designed and made with care. So, when…

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What we love about food in 2017

Grape, Olive, Pig by Matt Goulding Few writers immerse themselves so fully in their subject as Matt Goulding, whose first book Rice, Noodle, Fish was a deep dive into the obsessions at the heart of Japanese food culture and an OFM favourite. Goulding’s beat is understanding places where food and life remain intertwined, so where better for him to write about next than Spain? His wife’s family are Spanish and bonding with them meant helping his father-in-law, Angel, in the annual slaughter of a pig, helped by great uncle Chacho,…

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Why Fashion Will Learn to Love Melania Trump

NEW YORK, United States — After multiple magazine covers and overseas visits, countless state dinners and late-night talk show appearances, there is no question that Michelle Obama has had an unusually fruitful relationship with fashion during her time as First Lady of the United States. But in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in a highly divisive presidential election, during which most of the fashion community was vocal in its support for Hillary Clinton, Melania Trump’s future relationship with fashion — and fashion magazines — remains uncertain. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour was a dedicated fundraiser for Clinton, as…

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Is Fashion’s Love Affair With Washington Over?

On Wednesday, when Hillary Clinton stood in the New Yorker Hotel for her farewell speech, she did so in one of her signature Ralph Lauren pantsuits. Dark gray, with purple lapels and a matching purple shirt (and a matching purple tie for Bill Clinton), it underscored, as so many of her fashion choices did in the run-up to the election, a point: the way two colors/factions — red and blue — can unite to make something new. But it also symbolized, perhaps, the end of what might have been an…

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Why do we love and hate different tastes?

Why do people like one type of food and really dislike another? How much are our responses to food, including putting on weight, influenced by genetics? And could the taste of food be chemically re-engineered to appeal to particular groups, such as the elderly? A unique summit of some of the world’s leading chefs and top scientists put our complicated relationship with food under the microscope. This “Brainy Tongue” experiment, a collision of science and cooking, took place in San Sebastian in the Basque region of northern Spain, a seaside…

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Why insect pests love monocultures, and how plant diversity could change that

A study led by the University of California, Davis, and published Oct. 12 in the journal Nature explains that much of it may have to do with the nutritional needs of insects. Returning plant diversity to farmland could be a key step toward sustainable pest control. “Insects have a perfect nutrient level that they really like,” said lead author William Wetzel, a doctoral student in Population Biology at UC Davis at the time of the study and currently an assistant professor at Michigan State University. “When it’s too high or…

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