Groundbreaking Shoes

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Conspiracy designer Gianluca Tamburini’s unique mind is passionate about intricately merging nature with technology in the form of art. His shoes evoke an alluring and opulent #jungler aesthetic. While the socialite, or traditional woman who can afford them might go for Christian Louboutin, the transcendent #jungelite chooses these.

Conspiracy is a gripping brand with intelligent design. Some may seem delicate, but make no mistake-these shoes are strong jewelry. In many ways revolutionary, or evolutionary, Conspiracy challenges the notion that shoes must be made with traditional materials. Also, these shoes can literally transform.

Made in Italy, Conspiracy reflects the penultimate of craftsmanship in fashion today. Tamburini’s background is actually in cars, so it is no mistake they can be disassembled and the parts recombined to form different shoes. One can customize this footwear just like Formula One race cars that use some of the same materials and components.

These are “sculpture” soles made with aeronautical-aluminum, polished galvanic palladium, titanium screws, fixed jewel-insoles, set with natural crystals and gems, as well as various carbon based organic materials, evoking exquisite luxury exclusive to the 21st century.

These are real engineering structures, expressing the essential features of simplexity. “Its molecular essence is made up of many particles exploded and recomposed.” In many ways these shoes are a bridge of possibilities, representing the symbiotic harmony of our machines with life.

These shoes are physically light with looks that kill. They are definitely high heels made for superwomen, or elite junglers: dense, smooth and bright. Don’t be afraid to move fast, if you ever needed to defend yourself, you could probably fend off and injure an opponent with a pair of these. ;)

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The Fun Starts Here–Let’s Get Fit!

We like getting fit not just because we model. We are #Junglers and we stay fit because we want to be agile, flexible, strong, and able to defend ourselves in a zombie apocalypse. We want to be able to enjoy our lives to their full potential!

Jana Kaye – modeling and kickboxing

Jules and I have always been very active. As young children we both loved rough play, horsing and running around (we still do). I started doing kickboxing when I was sixteen and stopped for my modeling career (I always had too many bruises). When Jules was in high school he was on the cross country, wrestling, and track teams.

After kickboxing I picked up running, but I experienced problems when running for two weeks or more–heel pain, knee pain, sciatic nerve pain, and shin splints. I never knew how to treat my problems or what was causing them (I always had good, new, comfortable running shoes, didn’t I?). I would always have to pause my efforts and wouldn’t continue running again until I fully recovered.

This mystery solved itself when I changed my running shoes–not to a cushier and more protective sole, but surprisingly to a minimalist running slipper. I started with Vibram FiveFingers, later on I added Vivo Barefoots, which are currently my all-around favorite shoes in general. I also have Vivo balerinas and Boxing Boots, which keep my muscles working while looking sleek. Check out Jules’s Vibram post to learn more about barefoot running. (more…)

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Elle Mexico – Mayan #Jungler

If I had to choose a single photo shoot in the past that was the most fun and exciting, it would be my work for Elle Mexico called “World’s End.” We traveled to Tikal, Guatemala, which is one of the largest archeological sites and urban centers of the Mayan civilization. The site is part of Tikal National Park, and was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

Tikal was the capital of a conquest state that became one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya. Though monumental architecture at the site dates back as far as the 4th century BC, Tikal reached its apogee during the Classic Period, ca. 200 to 900 AD. During this time, the city dominated much of the Maya region politically, economically, and militarily.

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Some people believed that, as derived from Mayan scriptures and calendar, the world was going to end on December 21, 2012. That legend inspired this fashion story, which featured Ania Kisiel and I as “last women standing,” showcasing strong women in a post-apocalyptic environment. There was probably no better location to shoot such a story since the city of Tikal went through a societal collapse itself: “There is evidence that Tikal was conquered by Teotihuacan,” another mezo-american city located in today’s Mexico,” in the 4th century AD. Maya civilization,” of which Tikal was a major center, “faced a gradual population decline, culminating with the site’s abandonment by the end of the 10th century.”

In this fashion editorial, woman’s beauty, power, and utmost determination to survive are highlighted in the decaying city in the midst of a savage jungle. Two women struggle for survival with hand-made tools while clothed in leather, structured armor-like, warrior pieces from brands such as Chanel, BCBG Max Azria, Citrine by the Stones H.Stern and others.

 

Intimacy Without Compassion Is Cruelty

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This post is defensive. As I expand my public profile and engage a larger community, I am reminded of relevant conversations I’ve had with friends. A lot of my friends joke that I would make a good cult leader. If anything, they mean it as an offensive, back-handed compliment. It has extremely negative connotations. I don’t feel verbally attacked by these people, but their words are loaded comments aimed at me, which I feel should be addressed. If my closest friends can conjure these jests for playful sport, then opponents could certainly attempt to craft the same ideas for my detriment.

Let’s just be very clear. A cult relies on (more…)

Polyamory as a Fluid Structure

I want to stress how important it is to see polyamory as an approach or a mindset rather than a rigid relationship model or structure. Polyamory is very flexible in nature, and offers the ultimate freedom to partnerships, expression of sexuality and self. In fact, I find it of secondary importance how many people are involved in my relationships. I understand that many people choose (and prefer) to be with one person only, and that’s perfectly fine!

What I think is that not only everyone prefers a different relationship model, but also needs of any one person change throughout their lifespan. I know of a few exclussive and happy relationships, and I also have seen people marry in love, and then divorce a year later.

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In my opinion, I think you can be polyamorous and still live with only one person. You can be polyamorous and live with three, four, or more! I think what defines polyamory is more about how you percieve and understand relationships in general, and what you expect from yourself and your partner(s). Each nonmonogoums relationship depends on unique arrangements and agreements between the partners involved. So for those of you who are confused about what polyamory is (at least to me): it is a way of thinking about certain aspects of life. It is a commitment to freedom and communication.

I found a definition in Wikipedia which I think is very well put: “Many polyamorists define fidelity not as sexual exclusivity, but as faithfulness to the promises and agreements made about a relationship. A secret sexual relationship that violates those accords would be seen as a breach of fidelity. Polyamorists generally base definitions of commitment on considerations other than sexual exclusivity, e.g. ‘trust and honesty’ or ‘growing old together.'”

Do you think your partner belongs to you, and to you exclusively? Does it make you upset to see your partner with someone else? How do you experience jealousy, and how do you consider your feelings?

I believe a polyamorous person will answer these questions in a certain way, and a monogamous possessive person will answer in another way.

I think a big problem emerges when our feelings (what we feel is right) disagree with what we were taught to believe we are supposed to feel-let’s say you are in an amazing monogamous relationship, and one day you feel emotions towards another person. In our society, we are told that it is not possible to love more than one person at a time, so this creates an immediate internal dilemma.

You will most probably be discouraged to talk about your feelings openly with your partner (or anyone else in fact) and deal with it either by cheating and lying to your current significant other, by straying and abandoning your current partner, or by blocking your new feelings and feeling angry and possibly frustrated towards your current partner as well as yourself.

Love People, Not Pleasure– Or Love Both

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Abd Al-Rahman III. Image source New York Times Sunday Review, artist Andrew DeGraff

I am in some ways a cynical writer, and like to think I am writing to an intelligent, skeptical audience.

Here is a New York Times article a friend of mine sent me as reading for an ongoing conversation between us.

Here it is, it’s amazing: Love People, Not Pleasure.

The article discusses Abd al-Rahman, an absolute ruler who lived in complete luxury. After a long life, he said he had counted his only genuinely happy days, which amounted to 14. (more…)

Stanford Daily is #Polyglamorous

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“The Stanford Daily has been a fixture on the Stanford campus since the University was founded in 1892. The paper began as a small publication known to locals as The Daily Palo Alto and has grown to its current status as one of the finest college newspapers in the country.” (more…)

Haircare – What To Use & Avoid

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I spend more free time trying to maintain my hair than I would like to admit. As a model you come to terms with the fact you will never have really healthy hair, at least not without a lot of work. I cherish every moment someone is not pulling my follicles, gluing extensions into my scalp, or teasing the hell out of my hair.

You don’t have to be a fashion model in order for your hair to suffer–in fact, I know many people who style their hair (in their everyday life) way more than I do. Many of us benefit from some love of our hair, but what products are good for us? It’s difficult to orient oneself in the jungle of today’s haircare market, with throngs of products and unpronounceable ingredients on almost every bottle.

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I have used many luxurious hair care products, such as Kerastase and Redken, with extra nourishing and moisturizing hair treatments to repair the damage from my former bleached hair style. I would switch from brand to brand, looking for “the ultimate” hair saver.

I started paying more attention to the ingredient lists in my hair care products, because I don’t want to tox myself only to have to detox later. I did some research on what is good/bad for your hair, and I learned to avoid the following ingredients that are most detrimental:

  • SLS – Sodium Lauryl Sulfates (and other synthetic sulfates) – Surfactants/Detergent Cleansing Agents , Irritants , Thickeners/Emulsifiers – function primarily as a surfactant (detergent) but can also be used as a skin–conditioning agent, emulsifier, and solvent. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is one of the most irritating cleansing agents used in skin (and hair) care products, as described by Paula’s Choice. SLS’s are the harshest ingredients in commercial shampoos, and should be the main ingredient to avoid.
  • Non-Water Soluble Silicones – if you see “methicone” “methiconol” in the ingredient list, you should either (1) avoid the product–those are non-water soluble and therefore build up, or (2) you need to use a cleansing shampoo in between uses. Silicones are not necessarily bad, but you have to account for them in your routine.

Picture-2386-1I recently tried WEN Cleansing Conditioner after a friend hair stylist recommended it to me. Wen is not really a shampoo- it cleanses your hair without harsh chemicals. it contains natural ingredients that gently dissolve excess oils, remove products and other buildup, without unnecessarily striping hair which makes your hair healthier, shinier, and less frizzy. I LOVE using Wen. It smells delicious like the fruitiest nectar; I even began to wonder if it tasted good (I used the fig version–DO NOT TASTE).

It’s worth noting I had to massage my scalp with it for quite some time, which is peaceful and relaxing (but not so good when you are pressed for time). I had a really good time tending my scalp with Wen, thinking of all the goodness happening to my hair, and enjoying a heavenly aromatherapy and a self-love massage. Wen made my hair super manageable, and combatted frizziness. The only problem I have with Wen is it contains amodimethicone, which is a non-water soluble silicone, and causes buildup over time if not properly treated.

Nowadays I like use Wen once or twice in a row, and then use non-SLS shampoo and conditioner such as Renpure Organics, which is a gentle haircare line containing the amazing argan oil, which is a plant oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree.  Sometimes I use only Renpure conditioner without shampoo (for example, after a gym session when I don’t really need to wash my hair yet, but want to refresh it). Surprisingly, if you do this your hair won’t end up greasy and limp.