The Perfect Body by Victoria’s Secret

It’s hard to be a woman nowadays. We have so many digital manipulations that create a kind of unrealistic body, where even the photographed people do not look like the picture. The first time I worked in a fashion show (or even for a fashion editorial ) when the model arrived , I was shocked. Messy hair, bad skin , dark circles around her eyes … I thought, I’m better than her. After the makeup girl was incredible beautiful , after the digital edition she was a goddess. Do not forget, this is true for me and for you too. I will use as an example one model who worked for Hugo Boss last season here in New York , Vera van Erp . I separated Vera’s photos in three conditions; (1) Very produced (and possibly digitally manipulated) for Elle magazine, (2) catwalk photos, she have had her makeup and hair done, but the pictures have not been edited and (3) finally pictures of the model on the street , probably more ” natural “.

1. Magazine 

2. Runway

3. Street

 Is she look the same person?  I am not saying that Vera is ugly, she is pretty beautiful. I saw her in person and she is hot. However, she is a skinny girl , beautiful , tall, young, like the most of successful models. She worked not only in the New York Fashion Week. She traveled to London , Milan and Paris. When we see how a model really is, like the latest photos on the street, we realized that she is a normal woman, and we can breathe relieved !
All this introduction just to comment on two details that were shaking the fashion world last month. Actually, it bellows more to the graphic designers worlds than anything else. The Victoria’s Secret released an unfinished picture. See below if you can find three mistakes .

Well, if you notice that, she has only one cheek, the other side (the left ) is flat butt. Another detail in this region is the thickness of her leg. A thigh ( the left side) has a curved more than the right side , leaving a little thicker thigh. On the right arm elbow scratching was understated, compares with the left arm!

I made a overlap in the right leg, you can see a small shadow that bellows to the left leg. What shocks me is a designer for this sizebrand like VS , which spends millions and millions on advertising, drop a photo ” not finished “. Don’t they have auditor? Because everyone knows that they change the pictures like crazy. ;)

But that’s not all about the last weeks! Demi Lovato appeared in an essay for a magazine NUA . So far so good , but she said ( and publication too) the photos did not have Photoshop retouching , besides, Demi did not use makeup. Oh, really?

About not using makeup , a good professional photographer can hide almost all skin imperfections, dark circles, cellulite with lighting. I had been photographed in this situation and I was impressed! So, it was nothing so fantastic in beauty question… but someone shared the supposed original photos of Demi Lovato:


What is true ? To help you decide , I put a picture of Demi Lovato in a concert and yhr famous nude photo ” without manipulation . “

Nothing against being chubby, have round or straight ass. However, with the amount of corrections that you can make today, there is a standard of beauty bordering on perfection which belongs neither the person photographed . Send it to your boyfriend (or husband) to the next time he dare to compare you with that cover . ;)

 

Risotto of Quinoa, Mushroom and Leek

Before my fitness phase I’ve never liked rice, so you will never have seen a recipe with rice in this blog. Unless someone else post here, ok? My risotto version is made of quinoa. A recipe for three people:

Ingredients:

  • 90g of quinoa
  • 1 vegetable stock
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • ½ cup chopped leeks
  • Coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Prepare the quinoa, it means, boiled it in water till become soften. Trickles water and reserve.
  2. In a saucepan, sneezing coconut oil spray and the fried leeks with vegetable stock over medium heat (or low).
  3. When it is soften, before become dark, put the chopped mushroom and quinoa.
  4. If necessary add water and leave about 5 minutes into the fire to pick up taste.

Sirvo em seguida.

Simple Guacamole

In Brazil our guacamole is more elaborated, we put a lot of ingredients. I made one simpler guacamole, because my whole meal was full of tasty – and delicious. You should try it on!

Ingredients:

  • 1 small avocado
  • ½ diced tomato (seedless)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped leek soup
  • Coconut oil
  • ½ jalapeño pepper (cut)
  • ½ lemon (squeezed)

DIrections:

  1. In a skillet, put coconut oil and the fried leeks over medium heat (or low).
  2. When softened, transfer it to a processor.
  3. I put all the ingredients (except tomatoes) processor and mix them till became a paste.
  4. Serve with tomatoes above.

Vegan Mexican Beans

I like to make themed foods, and now I am enjoying my vacation, so I have time to do more full meals. No more sandwiches and shakes.

Receita para três pessoas comerem de forma saudável:

Ingredients:

  • 90g of Adzuki beans
  • 4 vegetarian bacon slices, diced
  • 1 vegetable sausage cut into slices
  • Green onions (sliced for garnish)
  • ½ cup of leek
  • Coconut oil
  • ½ carrot (grated)
  • Pink salt
  • Water

Directions:

  1. Pre-cook the beans and water. Reserve.
  2. In a skillet, sneezing coconut oil and the fry the leeks over medium heat (or low).
  3. When it is soft, before getting dark, I put the vegetarian bacon. Fry a little bit.
  4. Add the carrot, and let it soften slightly.
  5. Take off almost all the water from the already cooked beans and put it in skillet. Mix a little.
  6. Put the vegetable sausage and the salt. Let it on the fire about 5 minutes.
  7. When serving, sprinkle chives. It gives a very special taste and looks better.

Adzuki Beans

I’m not a big fan of beans, however, my nutritionist told me to eat one bean shell at least three times a week. The Adzuki bean is my favorite. It is tastier, has fewer calories and more protein than the black or pinto beans, for example.

I made a very simple recipe for three people.

Ingredients:

  • Coconut oil
  • 1 cup leeks cut into slices
  • Water
  • 90g of beans
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • Pink salt

Directions:

  1. Wash the beans and cook it only with water. The point is when it is soft, not falling apart but you can cut it with a fork. Reserve.
  2. In a large skillet, over medium heat, place the coconut oil spray  and the fried leeks. As I put very little oil, I am careful to not burn. When the leek starts to brown, place the beans.
  3. Usually you have a lot of water, I don’t like it. I take the water off. I do not like bean like a soup.
  4. Let the beans cook a little bit and then put the parsley.

Zucchini Pasta and Tomato Sauce

I made this pasta for my mother and brother. My mother thought it was wheat pasta. In fact use a kind of vegetables sharpener to slice the zucchini like pasta (buy it here). For three people I have used:

Ingredients:

  • Coconut oil
  • 1 cup leeks cut into slices
  • water
  • 3 tablespoons of tomato puree
  • 2 Italian zucchini
  • 8 cherry tomatoes coarsely sliced
  • 3 tablespoons parsley
  • 2 sachets of stevia sweetener
  • Pink salt

Directions:

  1. First of all, I transform the zucchini into pasta and reserve.
  2. In a large skillet, over medium heat, put the coconut oil inspray and the fried leeks. As I put very little oil, I am careful to not burn.
  3. Add tomato puree, the sweetener and some water too. Let it boil a little bit.
  4. Add the zucchini pasta mix well. Then put the chopped tomatoes.
  5. I leave it a little on fire. As I always say, we vegetarian food kitchen super fast.
  6. Just before turning off the pan, place the parsley.

I am not English native speaker, if you saw some mistake, let me know.

Dona Raimunda’s Farofa

This is a typical food from Brazil, we called it as farofa. It is one of my favorites dishes that my Grandmother Raimunda used to make for me, specially during the Christmas. I usually wait one year to eat it again, so one day I asked the recipe, it is pretty easy, I have been eating it at least once week. :)

Ingredients:

  • Coconut oil (I prefer to use spray – less oil)
  • 1 cup of leeks cut into slices
  • 1 large carrot (grated or processed)
  • ¼ of a cabbage (grated or processed)
  • 3 tablespoons dried cranberry or raisins
  • 3 tablespoons of finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons toasted manioc/cassava flour (you can buy here – Only USA)
  • Pink salt

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, over medium heat, put the coconut oil spray (to use just a little bit) and the fried leeks. As I put very little oil, I am careful to not burn it. I put the salt that time too.
  2. Add the carrots previously grated (or processed).
  3. After about 2 minutes, place the cabbage. Mix it.
  4. Add the dried fruit. Mix well.
  5. Near the end, put the parsley. I change it to low fire, before joining the cassava flour. Stir well.

As it not as rice, is my replacement.

I am not English native speaker, if you saw some mistake, let me know.