Dear Michael Vick: Your Champion Is Dead

Caring about animals is VERY elegant.


Dear Michael Vick: Your Champion is Dead,

Mike, just thought you’d like to know that on June 19th of this year, your Grand Champion Fighting Dog, Lucas, finally succumbed to the disease he was infected with during his time fighting for you. You should be happy to know that his new caregivers and family did all they could to save him, but his suffering was too much so in the most humane, painless way, they granted him his final peace. They think he was about 13 at the time, but I guess you would know better than anyone.

You should also be pleased to hear that despite your efforts to turn this beautiful dog into a monster, he was actually found to be the most loving of all the dogs rescued and rehabilitated from Bad Newz Kennels, thus proving that even those deemed the worst in our society, can still…

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Korean woman looks 30 years younger than actual age, may have discovered Fountain of Youth

Looking amazing no matter your age is very elegant.



Contrary to popular belief, Asian women don’t all look 20 then suddenly transform into adorable old ladies when they turn 60.

With that in mind, care to take a stab at how old this South Korean woman on the right in the left-side photo is? Well, in that photo she’s in her late 40s. A few weeks of using the Shake Weight or some other “get skinny easy” informercial product, she’s now the woman on the right.

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Spanish Chicken with Chorizo and Garlic

Being able to cook is a very elegant skill, and something I am actively working on. So is taking gorgeous photos!

zOld - Ang Sarap (A Tagalog word for "It's Delicious")

Spanish Chicken, Chorizo and Garlic

Chorizo is such a nice addition to Spanish style dishes, its spicy garlicky flavour gives another dimension to a dish. For me it’s like the bacon in the Spanish cuisine it’s so hard to miss it out especially in stews and casseroles and once you’re hooked you can’t just simply give it up. Look at this recipe for example a simple spicy chicken stew infused with load of garlic and chorizo, it’s so rich a good sour dough bread is needed to absorb all of that nice sauce.

Do you love the chorizo flavour? You might be interested in my other recipes that feature this ingredient


6 pcs chicken thighs, bones and skin on
200 g chorizo, sliced
2 large…

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Plans for Decoration

  1. In this corner, I want a white cubby bookcase. Pinterest has some cool handmade boxes that I would like to do using some of the boxes I have from personal stuff of mine (boxes from friends with birthday presents, the box some custom made wine glasses I bought for my boyfriend and I came in, etc). I’m planning on having twine pulls for the handles, and as for fabric I’ll probably mix and match with the colors in my bedding, though I may end up using metallics as that is kind of “in” right now (and very me.Furthermore, pretty much none of my furniture would fit into this place, so I have all kinds of stuff that I used to just store and never use or look at that is now at the forefront of my mind. So now my plan is to get all that stuff visible. I want papers organized in binders, photos in photo albums, trinkets displayed, some stuff (like my old grade school uniform and my dad’s old grade school uniform displayed side by side) will be put into shadow boxes and hung up… (the second picture shows all the stuff I need to arrange still).
  2. I think I want something drape-y on the ceiling, possibly fairy lights but I may just been too influenced by Tumblr and Pinterest and they may just look stupid. The first is my ceiling, the second is what I am visualizing.
  3. I want drapes floor length and a little wider than the window, with a (dark) blue color to match blanket. I’ll pull the bed out a little farther because the wall tilts inward so that the curtains can hang freely. Supposedly this style of curtain makes small spaces seem bigger.
  4. I want to add multiple mirrors, but I’ll start with one, probably silver, up on this wall. After that I’ll see how I feel about adding more. My walls will probably be pretty full after all these shadow boxes and artworks go up on the wall. Mirrors also supposedly make the place seem bigger.
  5. This apartment used to be a recording studio. As you can see, my closet was converted but the window is still here, and slanted. What I want to do is continue with my ocean-y theme (started by my boyfriend) and perhaps get an ocean-themed tapestry to hang here to block out the view of my clothes, though I kind of like the exposed thing.
  6. These tile floors are DEATH on my body when I try to work out. I want to get something set up to cushion my blow–some rugs, foam mats, something, that will go here:
  7. There’s a small space that I think could be utilized to make a sort of make-shift living space–like a love seat, a rug, two chairs, that kind of thing, especially because they would look out to the “ocean” scene in the closet. It may take up too much space, but we’ll see.
  8. I need some kind of organizer for the bathroom, or maybe just a general system. I don’t mind the exposed cabinet thing. I feel like it makes the space look bigger, as long as it is clean. I may need some little boxes or something…?
  9. The last thing I already took care of, but basically it is my curtains for my shower–and they are all “travel” themed. 😀 Love it! It has major city names all over it: New York, Paris, Munich, Tel Aviv, and so on. Reminds me of what I am working towards. I also love the colors!

Manga and anime declared good study tools for kids

I think that teaching children how to read things (or understand things) that are interesting to them is very elegant. Seamless, you might say. Also: anime and manga plot lines can be VERY convoluted, and it must take some brainpower to make sense of them. That’s another plus…

Oh, and if you figured out a way to teach Japanese to them as they were interested in anime and manga well you are just helping them even more.



Children’s books and television shows these days are nothing compared to the ones that many of us had growing up. At least that’s what we tell ourselves. I think back fondly on those days of watching Rugrats and Scooby Doo marathons and scoff at the thought of modern-age children rotting their brains with Spongebob and Annoying Orange. But the fact of the matter is that letting kids subject themselves to those books and animations is important to the development of reading comprehension and critical thinking skills, though the shows now seem like garbage to our fully-developed minds.

In Japan, the same sort of issue arises with kids becoming obsessed with manga and anime. Parents may try to insist that their children put away the comics and pick up a real book. Some may even go so far as to throw out their child’s comic magazines as they begin to…

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12 Status Symbols For 20-Somethings

Aiming for all these “elegant” additions to my lifestyle. 😀

Thought Catalog

In our 20s, most of us need to live very frugally. However, even those among us saddled with the most student loan debt in the most useless field has a day when they’re feeling rich. Here’s how we celebrate.

Going to the doctor

Every time you go to the doctor you can ride a chic-wave knowing that you’ve “made it.” Your illnesses can now be cured, moles checked and uncounted future diseases vaccinated. This is your moment to shine.

Household items

You remember the days of using ugly, inefficient cleaning items and dreaming of Swiffers and disposable dusters. Never in your life did you think you’d consider a vacuum cleaner a luxury item. And yet, here you are.

Pre-cut fruit

The mark-up on pre-cut fruit at the grocery store is insane. You can buy a whole package of fresh strawberries for $4 or you can buy the same size package…

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A New Home



On Monday I will arrive at my new studio apartment. It is a LOT smaller than the place I am currently in, but significantly nicer. It is also devoid of some of the memories of my old place…

Since having a well-kept home is a big part of my goals towards being elegant, I have thought a LOT about how I want this place to look, and the mood I want to create when a person enters. Honestly in terms of being an elegant person, starting with the ascetics and working inwards seems to be the easiest, as personality changes can take quite a concerted amount of effort, and will probably be best left for “last”.

Here in the kitchen I will probably install some “fairy lights” in that alcove up top. I really want to brighten up that space. I could probably also use it as a storage space… maybe for the few books of mine that are going to make it to the new place with me? Luckily with my kindle I can abandon some of the books I have to make room for other things that I have (don’t worry, they’re going to a good home). I have a lot of “red” things already, so the blue and purple color scheme will be expanded to include red in this space.

View from Kitchen into Living Space

My color scheme seems to be black, white, tan, copper… my current beddings are white, purple, black, blue… a little bit of tan. It should actually match pretty well. I’m planning on playing up the color side as much as I can. The first thing I want to do is get rid of those curtains! I understand that the current design trend for curtains is to have floor-to-ceiling ones that extend a bit past the window width wise. I may keep the black though, but I will just go for larger and longer.I will also probably install some “fairy lights” to brighten up the room, as well as some accent lights (which, as long as mounted on the walls or up high, will probably be copper to bring in that color as well). Mirrors will also probably come heavily into play in this design. Do you think knowing how to do things around the house is elegant?


I’m wondering if that stool would work in the kitchen against the bar. Probably way too short. May abandon it, depending on how everything else works out space wise. Maybe I could turn it into extra storage for perhaps beside the bed? We will have to see. In here I will continue the blue and purple color scheme, I would also like to add green. Help separate the three main areas from each other. I would like to make use of the space on the walls for art! The mirror looks bolted down so I’ll have to deal with that. I wonder if I could paint it black since it doesn’t really match the rest of the decor.

Bathroom Door (I think?)

I really can’t wait to get there to figure out what in the world is going on with that bathroom? I want to know what that “window” thing is, and what it faces in the bathroom. It’s a shame I haven’t been able to see inside yet. The other problem is I’m not sure where my couch is going to fit in all this. It fits perfectly in my current place (which has an office, a real living room, a real bedroom, etc), but I’m not sure what to do about this space. I also have this huge desk… luckily my cousins are going to let me use their storage space, but I’m really not sure how to organize the three pieces of furniture I own in all the world. Until I get a job and get situated, I’m really not going to have a lot of money to replace furniture or really make the place look nice, so I’m not sure what to do there.

I mean, my couch (brand new) already needs to be reupholstered (it got turned into a puppy chew toy)… that’s going to cost a pretty penny but at least I can get it to match everything else.

Current Office Space (With Boxes)

My current “office” room all packed up and ready to go. I will miss the space but I will not miss the design of the carpet or the walls, neither of which I was allowed to alter. Well–to be fair, the wood was pretty cool, the carpet was not.

Aging Well

Aging well is definitely an elegant concept.

Live Life in Crescendo

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“Oh, I’m too old for that “.

Spoken by someone 80?

Spoken by a young man. He was too old to learn to snowboard.

So often aging fosters an ageism attitude against living life in crescendo.

It creates the perspective that there is a ‘proper’ age for pursuing a life pleasure.

Even a simple life pleasure.

Like pierced ears.

Unlike babies today who get theirs pierced at six months, I had gotten mine done at the age of twelve. As so often happens (apparently), the holes kept closing up, as I stopped wearing them while caring for my young sons. Glittering gold in a mother’s ears tempts babies to touch and to pull.

When I occasionally attempted to wear pierced earrings, each time I painfully re-pierced them. Finally, I gave up…

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How Fast is Exponential Growth? (Or, Yao Ming Confronts the Vastness of the Universe)

Being able to describe complex things in an understandable way is definitely an elegant thing to do… especially since it deals with math.

Math with Bad Drawings

On this humble brown planet, we’re used to things growing at a steady pace. Trees add a ring every year. Families expand by one child or marriage at a time. Even in their most extreme months of food-gobbling growth spurts, teenagers will sprout at most a few inches. All of these are examples of linear growth (or something close to it). It’s modest, approachable – something the human brain has no trouble grasping.

But not all growth is like this. Take the old story of the sultan and the beggar. The beggar comes before the sultan, pleading for some rice to eat. When the sultan asks how much he needs, the beggar cleverly points to a nearby chessboard. He asks the sultan to put 1 grain on the first square, 2 on the next, 4 on the next, 8 on the next, and so on, doubling the number of grains for…

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What Does It Mean to be Elegant?

As I progress through my early twenties, I have decided to start making progress towards my lifelong goal of being elegant. I feel like it is part of my heritage; when I look upon my memories of my grandmother, she is the epitome of elegance, and I wish to emulate her. I have put some thought into it and have drawn up a list of parameters, both vague and specific, on the details under which to conduct my life.

 To be elegant means to be graceful in movement and stylish in appearance; an elegant woman is… 

  • fashionable, keeping up on current trends while having own style, combining clothes and accessories into something magnificent. Dresses are a frequent feature of her attire, as are jewelry (watches included), hats, gloves, petticoats, long jackets, and heels. She also has a bag filled with all kinds of
  • known for a particular perfume that is forever associated with her. My great-grandfather told me that every woman should have a scent that is “them”. I took his advice seriously, partially because the elegant grandmother I mentioned earlier wore a distinct enough perfume that even now, years after her passing, when I smell something like it I think of her.
  • owner of a beautiful smile. She has straight, white teeth, and she shows them often.
  • healthy in body shape, a wearer of make-up, and a maintainer of a good hairstyle.

To be elegant means to be dignified; an elegant woman is…

  • light-hearted, humorous, and open.
  • a purveyor of many friendships.
  • ingenious and well read, knowledgable on matters of math and science.
  • simple and neat.
  • tasteful in her interactions with other people, handwriting, wine, and food.
  • effective, refined, dignified, and beautiful.
  • known for expressing restraint, and demonstrating precision and exactness.
  • intuitive, smooth, swift, and functions in all settings and situations with ease.
  • environmentally conscious.
  • a good cook, and can decorate/arrange food in a pleasing way.
  • physically active, perhaps involved in snowboarding, boating, or dancing.
  • artistic, with an emphasis on painting, photography, and writing (including writing letters to people by hand).

To be elegant means to have a house that extends the elegance of a person; this home is…

  • internally and externally minimalistic but luxurious, insinuating wealth without being excessive.
  • exceptionally fine in the kitchen: glass bottles for pouring drinks, cups of flawless glass or crystal (with some gold trim, perhaps) to pour drinks into, vibrantly colored plates, matching bowls, true silverware.
  • made up of themed rooms. Plush carpet coats most of the house’s floors, candles of every kind (in flower “nests”, in candelabras, in candle chandeliers) line the rooms, and antique objects, tapestries, compasses, furniture, seashells, fancy pillows, and such are all mandatory accessories. Silk and lace are the materials of choice.
  • decorates with a plethora of art: paintings, (old) photographs of people and flowers, abstract (colorful) vectors, photographs of landscapes and outer space, Japanese art, to name a few.
  • capable of offering pleasant smelling, expensive cigars for guest (though the lady herself does not smoke).
  • capable of housing only one car per person in the household (excess is of course frowned upon). These cars are of course well maintained, clean, and safe, regardless of age or expense of car.

To be elegant means to love nature and the animals in it; some possibilities include…

  • horses (stable/corral/trails/etc), birds (aviary), butterflies (greenhouse), fish (tropical aquarium; there is even a type of coral named “elegance”), dogs (indoors). All must be well-behaved (within reason).
  • environments for animals that are beautiful.
  • a beautiful garden and other outside environments. This garden has at least fourteen different kinds of flowers, and these flowers are often taken indoors to decorate the rooms.