THE CITRONE MEHARI

This car was manufactured in 1986, and it’s manufacturing ended in 1987. IT is a light weighted utility and recreational vehicle.

It is a fun car which is very nice to drive in the beach or the French countryside. This car is difficult to find nowadays.

A lot of people are looking for such classic cars, DUS they are in high demand. It gives a lot of pleasure when driving it around the countryside.

The car Citroen Mehari is named after the fast running Dromadary Camel which would be used for racing or transportation.

This particular one was produced in 1987.

THE SAUNA AND YOU

The Sauna is a room in which people aim to relax in dry heat, it has a temperature of 70- 100 degree Celsius. Anybody who has  cardiovascular problem or who is pregnant should seek medical advice before using the Sauna. Sauna originated in Finland most of the house in Finland has inbuild Sauna, during Suana session in Finland you sit naked under 100 degree Celsius, you sweat and after the session you go outside to refresh yourself in the freezing water, or you roll in the snow.

It is estimated that there are 2 million saunas for a population of 5.3 million people in Finland.

Traditional Sauna are heated by wood, burned either in a stove with a chimney or by a stove with no chimney.

A smoke sauna is the origin of sauna in Finland, in this sauna in Finland you would be offered a bunch of birch branches which you can gently use to flagellate yourself. This is said to stimulate the circulation of blood, and also it has a very nice fresh aroma.

In the 1950 working class household did not have running water, so before you use the Sauna, a professional washing  women would wash people. these day it is no longer needed cos there is running water every where.

What does Sauna do for the body

  1. It helps to increase blood flow, and it can reduce tension in the joint
  2. Sauna also help those with chronic pain and arthritis, it helps to feel invigorated.
  3. It can also improve musical recovery after exercise
  4. Sauna reduces stress
  5. Lower blood pressure
  6. Reduces the risk of dementia/ Alzheimer, it promotes blood flow to the skin surface
  7. It helps your hair to grow faster

TIPS

  1. Avoid alcohol before and after use of Sauna
  2. Drink plenty of water before and after sessions
  3. Go for 15-20 minutes session at a time to reduce dehydration
  4. Bring a towel to sit on , it is more hygienic because the benches can quickly feel hot.
  5. It is considered polite to shower before going to the Sauna
  6. Don’t bring your phone into the Sauna, cos the phone is not design to operate in high humidity, this can kill your phone.
  7. It is good to bring a bathrobe
  8. The basic etiquette in the Sauna is to be quite

What kind of outfit you should wear to the sauna, loos fitting cloth or short, these are excellent choice that will adsorb excess heat and let your skin breathe freely

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STILETTOS AND THE PANDEMIC

Consumer demand for high heels shoes has dropped during the pandemic. Comfortable footwear like sneakers, slippers and slides are what the people are now wearing, there is a shift from glamorous dressing to casual comfy., even the  fashion girls are all going into casual way of dressing cos there  is nowhere to go.

The casualization of the office and the society is now the norm, due to the global pandemic, A lot of people has to work from their homes,  there is no more need to dress up to go to the office.

The pandemic is slowly killing the high heel fashion. Since there is nowhere to go, no reason to dress up consumer demand and sales for high heels has currently dropped with 70%,

Now the athletic wear, companies and brands like Crocs and Birkenstock which are known for their comfortable footwear style are thriving.

As the lockdown measures continue to ease up and the weather is becoming warmer people or fashionista are slowly getting interested in heels, even if it is just to go for casual outdoor dinner.

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Model: Rita Roland
Make up: Rita Roland
Photography: Joel Van Donnick
Costume: Rita Rolands Wardrobe

MY IMPRESSION OF HARRY AND MEGAN INTERVIEW WITH OPRAY

I thought it was a betrayer of the Queen and the royal palace. Prince Harry grandson of the Queen and his wife Megan trashing the monarchy, thereby rubbishing the institution that the Queen represent.

It has to do with contemporary culture of narcissism  and obsession with self.

It is trendy in today society to be the victim, the one who is hurt and have the wound display in public, while the Queen is the opposite of this culture.

She does not express her emotion in public, she does not think constantly about herself, she has sacrificed her whole life to duty and constitutional role.

 We see here a clash between the modern culture and the culture of duty and loyalty.

  • The royal family welcomed Megan and gave her an extravagant wedding.
  • She did not make any effort to fit into the institution that has existed for century, she wanted the institution to adapt to her and her needs.
    I don’t believe her when she said she did not know what she was marrying into, THAT IS WHY THERE IS GOOGLE, it is for free she would have used it.

  • In the two-hour interview they never said anything they would have done differently it was all the fault of the institution.
  •  When Megan came into the British royal family she was loved by the citizen they only change toward her when she started becoming too political outspoken, she started giving lectures about the environment, while jetting around in a private jet. That was when the media came after her.

Harry is  upset that he had to pay for his own security, when royal duties ends the privilege’s ends too. That is how the institution work, since he decided to step down from his duties, he should protect and provide for his family with dignity and keep the media out of it. His issue with his royal family should be resolve privately.

Let’s come to think of it Megan who lives in multimillion dollar mansion, and she talks about how much of a victim she is, while a lot of people in the World has lost their homes and jobs, they are having difficulty in meeting up with their basis needs due to the lockdown.

This is my taught as a member of the Royal family of Esan Kindgdom.

Outfit: African Traditional head tie
Black Lace dress & veil

KEEP CALM & GET YOUR SPA DAY ON

  Jacuzzi is the ultimate way to chill with friends and get wet in the process.

 Here are some of the benefit of hydro therapy.

 1)It  promotes relaxation, pain relief, it improves your sleeping habit, as the heat and the massage helps  to clear your mind.

2) It reduces stress, sooth over worked muscles, the  heat also improve blood circulation.

 3) Hydro massage has many pain relieving benefit it reduces pain levels in those with arthritis by opening the blood muscles tension.

4) Lower blood pressure, relaxing in a hot tub can be beneficial for a heart disease patient.

 5) The spa become a private and safe place where people can relax and enjoy meaningful conversation with loved ones.

6) It makes you to be outside taking a pause, appreciating the beautiful sunset, changing of the leaves during autumn and the falling snow.

 The  hot tub makes you to have a private retreat.

 In this pandemic a lot of us had to adapt to a new lifestyle. I am somebody who loves to go out to the restaurant or café in the weekend but with this lockdown I had to adept  a new way of life.

 Luckily for me, I bought a house with a garden just before the pandemic putting a jacuzzi in the garden was a great idea, it felt different from going to a public spa.

In conclusion, we cannot underestimate the health benefit of owning a jacuzzi, so if is something you’re considering buying hesitate no more just get it.

To be a fashionista is not only to wear beautiful cloth, it is the wellness of the body and mind.

After all we only live once so lets take good care of our body and mind.

ARTICLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD MAGAZINE


Rita Roland moved from Zottegem to Herzele just before the corona period. She studied drama and performing art but decided to start a career as a stylist. Now she has a fashion blog on a freelance basis where she gives fashion tips through her fashion blog and her books she shares her innovative ideas about fashion, beauty, art and culture. Her fashion blog www.styleandconcept.be was started in 2015.She started this blog because she always had a passion for fashion. She has a strong opinion about fashion, she thinks, for example, that Belgian women should dare to wear more colour. She said that Belgium women are too conservative, they should dare to stand out more. Her book’s style and concept contain different clothing styles with fashion tips . She also gives tips through her Facebook page with videos. You can always contact her for fashion tips.
Besides being a fashion blogger, she is also a model She used to be a real estate agent, but she stopped because she wanted to focus more on fashion. During the corona period she did some renovating work in her house. The renovation is almost completed she just has to put the finishing touch to her walk in closet / studio where she plans to do her vlog and Facebook videos.

Rita Roland is always positive and her motto is where there is a will there is a way. Her message for the inhabitants of Herzele is to Love each another and be kind to one another.

THE JAPANESE GEISHA CULTURE

The geisha is an assistant to the Oirans, the geisha were forbidden of having former personal relation with the customers.
They usually use white power to cover their face and the front & back of their neck. This white powder contained lead which would cause serious health problems, they finished the look by wearing black eyeliner and red lipstick.

To see a Geisha in Okiya, you have to know someone who has connections to the Okiya. You cannot see a Geisha face to face. To call a Geisha to your banquet you have to tell the Ryotei where you are having it. The Ryotei is a high class Japanese restaurant furnished with a large private rooms.

The Ryotei will then arrange the number of geisha according to the budget of the guest wishes. A geisha has a patron, who is called Danna, a Danna is a powerful wealthy man that pays for all the expenses of a geisha, to be become a geisha requires a lot of time and money. The donna would pay and take care of the geisha throughout her life. It was high society to become a Donna, it showed that you had enough money to be Patron of a geisha, their relationship was not inherently sexual.

Many people confused geisha with oiran, oiran  were high class sex workers while geisha were not sex worker they were technically entertainers, they were trained hostess in the art of entertaining, they were skilled in music, dance and conversations. Geisha were known for their refined and artistic style of hospitality.

Oirans were extremely ornate sometimes wearing as many 5-7 kimonos and wigs that would weigh op to 10 kg bare foot or in scandal that were as high as 20 cm. One night with an oiran could cost someone as much as a year income during the Edo period.

BILLIONAIRES FORTUNE HAS SKYROCKET DUE TO THE PANDEMIC

America’s billionaire’s fortune has skyrocket over the past six months during the coronavirus pandemic.

The pandemic got us to the worst unemployment crisis since the great depression, but the billionaires net worth has increased with 29%. They were not affected by the pandemic.

Amazon stocks went up more than 60% this year.

CEO Jeff Bezos personal wealth increased by 55.2 billion dollar with a total net worth of 200 billion dollars, he is the World wealthiest person.

Alice, Jim, and Rob Walton the founder family of Walmart also grew by more than 60 billion dollars.
Google founder Larry Page asset grew by more than 18 billion dollars.
Telsa CEO Elon Musk fortune increased by 70 billion dollars during this pandemic making him the third richest person on the planet. Six months into the pandemic we see how uneven the economic burden has been on the poor and the middle class while the Mega rich are thriving.
The way is going now a few people are going to have extreme amount of power to shape the economy, politics, and media.
The question is do we want to have a society where the main street no longer has shops, Cos if something is not done there is going to be only Amazon loading depot.

Welcome to our world where some getting richer from the pandemic while some getting poorer.

WE MUST REVIEW OUR SOCIETY STRUCTURE.

STAYCATION

The Coronavirus that started early this year, lead to a total lockdown. This has turned the world upside down. Suddenly all the things we normally do for fun is no longer allowed we all had to stay at home, work from home only the essential shops were allowed to open like the grocery and pharmacy.

Now that the lockdown is over life is still not back to how we use to know it . The question is how do we make staying at home more fun. Everybody started getting creative a lot of people who had gardens made it look more beautiful, cos they would be spending more time in their garden. Buying a house with a garden became essential criteria.
To make the garden more fun, a lot of families bought the inflatable swimming pool so that friends and families would swim at home cos the public swimming pool are close, installing a real swimming pool in the cold region is not necessary for some people cos of limitation of usage during the winter. That is why a lot of people opted for the inflatable swimming pool so that in the winter they would just deflate it and put it inside. I also decided to join the bandwagon of buying the inflatable swimming pool. I would say it was fun to have it and use it, as I really cannot swim just sitting in the water in the open air was fun and refreshing during the extra hot days. At the end I find it an interesting choice.

2) I also worked in my garden to make it look beautiful and I incorporated a resort vibe to it, so that I would not miss going out or traveling haha staycation idea was put to use.

3) Renovating and redecoration my house became one of my top priorities, Sitting in my terrace at home became something I do regularly I have breakfast, lunch and dinner outside on the terrace.

I am also paying more attention to eating healthy during this coronavirus period.
I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables cos this help to improve the immune system.

2020 has not turned out the way we expected but we are happy to be alive.

Model: Rita Roland & Katrien De Keukelaere
Location: Rita Rolands garden
Photography: Ludwig Raes

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WHAT NEXT

It is Five years I have been blogging during this period I have written a lot about fashion, done more than 120 post.
I have also written my blog books style and concept by Rita Roland volume one, two and three.

Now the question is what Next?

That is why I and Mr Kristof Van Den Bossche decided to do an exhibition of our work, date and time will be announced.

This project is very dear to our heart.

Together with Mr Kristof Van Den Bossche I have shot more than 100 Outfit and concept where by we use visual images to tell stories.

We also want to use this opportunity to thank all our sponsors.

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Together we keep the dream alive.

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