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Hollywood’s Gym-orexia

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Hollywood’s Gym-orexia

Last week, I was in London, and as usual enjoyed a sampling of the local magazines. I pawed through the newsstand, gathering as many issues as I could shove in my carry on. Two of the four magazines that made the cut included pictures of Gwyneth Paltrow, promising to reveal how she got that “amazing” body. Inside the mags, I learned that she got this “miracle figure” by “never” letting up on her workouts. I also learned about the routine that had Cameron Diaz comparing her arms to those of her pilled up lover, A-Rod. Now, let me show you what I was looking at:

http://www.usmagazine.com/healthylifestyle/news/gwynnie-bikini-2011222

http://www.usmagazine.com/healthylifestyle/news/pic-wow-check-out-camero…g

Um….REALLY? THESE images are “hot”? This completely throws me off. Forgive me, but firstly, I don’t think Gwyneth or Cameron look sexy…at all. In fact, I kind of feel scared for Chris Martin. And even A-Rod. Secondly, I think that these are not just unattainable standards being set. These are dangerous standards. We all know that going to the gym is good for your body, but a line is being crossed here, right before our eyes, between normalcy and …not normalcy. These are not professional athletes training for the Olympics. These are normal people. Gwyneth and Cameron are not the only ones whose machete figures are being bombarded. The media updates us with every angle of the uber fit bodies of Jessica Biel, Madonna, Demi Moore, Kelly Rippa, Sara Jessica Parker, and a gaggle of other women suffering from gym-orexia on a regular basis. It needs to stop.



Last year, I read an article in DETAILS magazine on the perils of “gymorexia” (a real term) and its effect on men. Exercise compulsion affects all kinds of over-achievers, for whom enough is never enough, and DETAILS claimed in the article that the phenomenon is becoming more pervasive than ever. Men described in the article have their own over -strained role models, too, from Hugh Jackman to The Situation. They also share the same crippling dependency that leaves the affected feeling like a failure if they ever miss a work out.


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In the DETAILS article, a sports psychologist said part of the problem is a need for control, and the other is a physical addiction. The physical addiction is to endorphins, which are likened to cocaine. Unfortunately for the addict, endorphin rushes get scarcer as the more your body gets used to getting pumped. The need for control is the crazy part. It is what gets these amazing stars and their kin to the point of working out for an hour - before their workout even began. It’s what gets them to work out 6, even 7 days a week. It’s what results in their never having alcohol with dinner (as Madonna famously proclaims), or canceling out social life altogether (how many tell “Self” magazine that they watch what they eat and stay home a lot? Think about it). It’s what gets these people out of bed at the un-Godly hour of 5 am, when it is still dark out. It’s what makes them miss out on time with family.

Why? Because if they miss a workout, they may instantly get fat. And then all those people they have abandoned will stop loving them. Or worse, their fans will stop being jealous of their super human bodies.

In the case of Gwyneth and her peers (notice I do not say “friends”. I have read “Goop” and do not believe such a person has any), it is part of the job they get paid very well for. But for us normal people, there cannot possibly be justification to combine this kind of routine with a full time job. For these kinds of bodies, we would not just jeopardize our mental health and our family and social ties - we may well jeopardize our work.

Let me say here that I am a huge advocate of working out. I have learned that at last count, only 14 percent of all Americans have a gym membership, and of these, only 20% actually go regularly. That is not good.  I myself go to the gym an average of three times a week, and would love to go more often. What I’m saying is - we should all go and exercise! But the media meeds to stop making us feel bad about not taking it straight off the cliff.


Cora Sheibani's Swiss Sparklers

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SPREE | Posted By Keren Eldad | 06.28.2011 | 03:08 AM  


We have all found ourselves in the following situation: you’re at an event, and across the table sits a woman wearing a bauble so fabulous, you have to know where she got it. This happened to me very recently, at the rehearsal dinner of a friend in Rio de Janeiro. I spotted a ring that looked like a gold birdcage perched on the finger of the elegant redhead in front of me, and I knew I at least needed to know who made it.

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On the left – the ring being ogled, and its relatives

 

Turns out, it was the elegant redhead’s sister, a woman named Cora Sheibani, based in Switzerland, who has been designing her own line for the last nine years. She has an amazing website (Cora Sheibani), where you can gaze at the piece that originally caught my eye. Filled with unique pieces, mostly rose gold, with colorful stones, Sheibani has that rare combination mixed between vintage, modern, and timeless.


Sadly, before you reach for your wallet I must warn you that the website is not used for e-commerce, and shows just a small selection of Sheibani’s work. It is meant as an introduction, so: introduce yourselves, and know that aside from what is on the site (mostly rings), Sheibani makes the most stunning necklaces, earrings, cuffs, bracelets, cufflinks and studs.


Cora Sheibani

Baubles! Prices range between $3,250 – $78,000



According to Sheibani, “All pieces are unique (except for the early circle rings), although I make different variations of a piece (for example, I use a different color gold, or a different stone, but with the same design”. It’s nice to know, in this day and age, that no-one will be able to entirely copy you should you get to own one of these fabulous pieces.


Though Sheibani says that “most pieces are not part of any “collection”, but just evolved out of an ongoing creative process”, on Sept. 20, Sheibani will launch a brand new collection in London, called “Clouds with a Silver Lining”. You guessed it – a foray into white metals after years of gold-fever. The line mainly includes brooches and pendants, almost all hand made in Switzerland, with some made in France.  The big question you must be asking right now is the very one I asked myself: how can you get them? Sheibani sells mainly to private clients who call and come by for an appointment in Switzerland. However, she does have occasional shows in London, Paris and New York. The best way to get notified for the next time she is in your city is to contact her via the site.

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How to Do a Better Job Search

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How to Do a Better Job Search

 

In this day and age, everything is a gimmick and everyone has an iPad-optimized resume. You need to stand out in your job search. Memonic can help! Let us show you how.

We all know the basics: update the Linkedin and Xing profiles, have your own website (applicable to several professions), network, and more. The key, however, is preparation. If you are truly exceptional and do your homework, your chances of getting a job will multiply.

To make the best use of the internet and perfectly prepare, check out Memonic. Memonic is your job search companion. In fact, it’s an amazing tool for ANY web search – even within your existing job!

Watch this short tutorial to learn how, and let us know if Memonic helped you in your job search!

 
 

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When it rains, it pours: believe it or not, in a month filled with major news, we’re throwing yet another snippet your way: as of this week,  the all new Memonic app for iPad is available for download. Note-taking (on the go) just became even easier. The team put in a lot of effort to make this another great productivity app with lots of great features, to complement your Memonic web and desktop experience.

Cool things worth mentioning:

  • iPad optimized UI, look and feel very similar to web application
  • Sync of notes for offline usage (read our lips: NO ROAMING FEES)
  • Organize notes on the iPad with folders and tags – and sync back to the web app
  • Sharing notes available via email, on Twitter and on Facebook (with more to come)
  • Take notes directly – even iPad picture notes – and add to your collection

….And one more cool feature is still to come (hopefully this week): “Portrait mode”: iPad will be able to be read even when you flip your device.

This release officially, we believe, leaves the beta times behind us, for BETTA (better) times. All these apps have come with the new shiny Web interface. We have received so much support from you, and we hope this continues – but no matter what, we want you to check this our, and as always, we enjoy your feedback below!

 

 

 

We’ve come a long way, baby. When Memonic was conceived– back in early 2008 – the online note-taking arena was virtually empty.  Sure, Delicious and similar bookmarking services were already around… but they were quite limited in their scope, offering not much more than bookmarking. OneNote was also around – but it was bound to the desktop. Basically, online note-taking was a clear, blue ocean.

Since then, well over fifty note-taking or closely related applications have launched– and many are blossoming. The market has been developed, and dominant design patterns are clearly recognizable. What we see today is the limitation of note-taking to a single use case: Storage of digital notes, clips, pictures, etc. Memonic believes you can do much more with this basic idea.

One major attempt we are making is to make note taking interactive and social – with the Memonic Dashboard.

So, here goes the official release: Just weeks after unveiling a new look for our website-  this week, Memonic officially unveils the Memonic Dashboard. With this new launch, Memonic has taken collaborative research to the next level. Now, you can do more than just collect research with a group: you can see what anyone connected with you is researching and clipping.

Note-taking just went social. You’ll recognize the dashboard from other social media, such as Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter. These landing pages hold the latest news on what you have deemed essential enough to clip, save and share, but the latest essential snippets from your friends and contacts, as well as important alerts and trends to watch. So works the Memonic Dashboard: it allows the user to clip anything from the web, and share it automatically with groups and contacts within Memonic. Thus, collaborative note-taking – the original Memonic innovation – has been taken to the next level, breaking further ground for this app category.

Designed based on enterprise client feedback, the Dashboard aims not only to share information within groups of people, but also to aggregate content under topics, based on what is “trending” at any given time. Dashboards are then automatically updated when Memonic’s “spiders” find a relevant new piece of information relating a trending topic. These will serve recommendations based on whatever you, or anyone connected with you, is interested in. This also means that the tool, which already saves the user time in research, can now also perform a function of synthesis, giving Memonic users an even more complete experience than before.

In a nutshell, the Dashboard is the curated overview of content relevant to you. Try it out, even friend US if you’d like to, and let us know what you think about it.

Tutorial Video: http://blog.memonic.com/2011/05/25/test-the-new-memonic-dashboard-and-more/

 

 

 

Memonic changed quite heavily in the past weeks and months – obviously. On of our biggest milestones – of which we are very proud of – is the new user interface. The completely redesigned interface was built for better functionality as well as look and feel.

Quite some blogs and magazines picked up the changes so far and we are overwhelmed by the positive feedback we got from the design pros around the world.

If you are curious about what others think, please check out this set:

 

 

 

When it comes to taking notes and managing all the information you find online, there are many ways to go: you can clip, you can bookmark, you can copy and paste, and you can print. But those are exhausting, and have limitations. So what is the best way to go?

We want your answer to be Memonic – Note-Taking made easy; and from the looks of it – many PC magazines in Europe do, too.

As of last week, Memonic is being featured in vehicles as notable as Germany’s Computer Bild – the definitive source for all things technology-related in the German -speaking world, and in the UK’s PC Advisor, MacWorld, PC Utilities, PC Pro, Computer Shopper…and more. So if you live in Europe, and happen to be a fan of PC magazines, chances are, you will soon be looking at a great promotion surrounding one of your favorite apps: Memonic!

The magazines have already in the past applauded our app for sync-ing to every device, for user-friendliness and for usefulness. Macworld has even called us “the bookmarking and note-taking application for minimalists”, and stated that they prefer Memonic to Evernote, giving us 4 out of 5 stars (and that was before they saw our new look). Now, their readers get to sample us with a great offer.

Look out for the magazines highlighting Memonic this summer,  and when you find one (or several), tell your friends to pick up an issue. You may find an offer too good to resist!

 

 

 

Bereits vor einigen Wochen haben wir Memonic komplett überarbeitet. Es wird also Zeit, dass wir die neue Benutzeroberfläche mal richtig erklären. Und genau das machen wir jetzt:

Video in hoher Auflösung auf YouTube ansehen.

P.S. Verzeihen Sie mir bitte den starken Akzent… so “tönen” wir Schweizer nun mal. ;-)

 

 

Memonic Partnering Around Europe, from Computer Bild to PC Utilities » memonic

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When it comes to taking notes and managing all the information you find online, there are many ways to go: you can clip, you can bookmark, you can copy and paste, and you can print. But those are exhausting, and have limitations. So what is the best way to go?

We want your answer to be Memonic – Note-Taking made easy; and from the looks of it – many PC magazines in Europe do, too.

As of last week, Memonic is being featured in vehicles as notable as Germany’s Computer Bild – the definitive source for all things technology-related in the German -speaking world, and in the UK’s PC Advisor, MacWorld, PC Utilities, PC Pro, Computer Shopper…and more. So if you live in Europe, and happen to be a fan of PC magazines, chances are, you will soon be looking at a great promotion surrounding one of your favorite apps: Memonic!

The magazines have already in the past applauded our app for sync-ing to every device, for user-friendliness and for usefulness. Macworld has even called us “the bookmarking and note-taking application for minimalists”, and stated that they prefer Memonic to Evernote, giving us 4 out of 5 stars (and that was before they saw our new look). Now, their readers get to sample us with a great offer.

Look out for the magazines highlighting Memonic this summer,  and when you find one (or several), tell your friends to pick up an issue. You may find an offer too good to resist!

 

 

Tech Conferences: Fabulous, but Why So Few Women?

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Tech Conferences: Fabulous, but Why So Few Women?

I've been to many, MANY tech conferences this year - all over Europe, and all to promote our budding start up, Memonic. Most have been fun, and pretty good for networking. Some were bombastic, even glamorous - like Le Web Paris, from which we have just returned.

But one - was AWESOME. It was the smallest.

On October 27th, Patrice Neff (our "Genius in Chief") and I enjoyed attending CEO DAY at a well-heated convention center in Bern - Switzerland's picturesque and bear-friendly capital.  Organized by the overwhelmingly charismatic Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier, this was a conference that did the unimaginable: foster actual networking. 

 

Patrice Neff, Brainiac, gets ready to woo the crowd at CEO Day

Jean Pierre Vuilleumier, taking a rare break during the event

Through two workshops we attended, we made several friends - like Dominic Senn of basisnote.com (check out what they do - they match people up based on SCENT. SO cool), Matthias Meyer of intueri, Christian Hirsig of Atizo, and Sophie Everett, Founder of jobtourist.net (another idea I DIE for). We also bumped into old friends, like Andreas Schweizer of Zurich Kantonalbank, Kathrin Ruegg of EUResearch, and Gregory Gerhardt of Amazee. We're all in this Swiss Start-Up game together, and it was wonderful to witness such camaraderie. 

The conference had more to offer, in the form of workshops. We checked out "Winning in Sales" and "Team Building" session - both of which we found incredibly insightful and practical. Next up was a fantastic "speed dating" round, where we got 20 minutes with the members and founders of other exciting start ups, like Pascal Mathis of GetYourGuide.com, and Alex Ilic of Dacuda. It was great to exchange thoughts on a personal level with successful up and comers like these. 

Just as exciting was the prospect for Start Ups to not just mingle with each other, but to also match up with possible investors. For us, this consisted of a visit we paid to the US Business Lounge hosted by the conference. At the lounge, we met Hon Luu, Partner at Point Bonita, and Jerry Schaufeld, a Business Angel and Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachussets. Their ear to Memonic's cause, their advice, and their overall insight into the business angel arena were invaluable to us. Hon even offered, when we are ready to go to the US, to help with connections. Hon - we are going to take you up on that!

If I could make only one critique, it would not be for this event, but rather for the industry. Gentlemen, where are the women?? Sure, I met Sophie and Kathrin - but ladies - as particular to these tech conferences, are few and far between. In my own life, I have started to urge women into this field. It is exciting, entrepreneurial, and fun. But men: it should be on your agenda to hire more women. At Memonic, women now make up almost 30%  - and we fully intend to keep up the diversity. We call our friends to do the same. 

A view of the conference: Sea of Men

 

 

Hugs,

Keldad

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Paris Shopping, Je T’aime

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Posted By Keren Eldad | 12.14.2010 | 03:32 AM  


Paris is glorious. And yet, with all its beautiful distractions, I still mustered up the determination to complete KESS: Keren’s European Shopping Spree 2010—with a bang.


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Paris – the Champs Elysees


It was ready for me. After a stroll down the Rue Cambon and Rue Royale to see how Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Dior, and company are doing (they’re fine, thank you), I wandered into the most famous fashionista stop in Paris—Colette.


On the second floor, I enjoyed the gorgeous array of Christopher Kane’s “outer space” inspired dresses (check them out on Net A Porter). Balenciaga bags, and other such haute treasures, curated museum-style. As the avant-garde tastes of Colette do not really coincide with my own more “commercial” inclinations, all I coveted on this day were a Marc Jacobs sequin clutch and a Missoni bag with green leather trim—so delicious, I could have eaten it. Deciding between them was too painful, so I went downstairs to join the chicest crowd in Paris for lunch.


As you may recall, I am obsessed with vintage and consignment shops—and this seems to be Paris’ specialite. So from Colette, I took a walk to the Palais Royale. The Palais used to be…well, a palace, and is now home to a large gallery of fabulous shops, including Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney, perched around the magnificent gardens (le Jardin Royale), which I assume Marie Antoinette once enjoyed. I was on a mission to cross that garden in search of Rachel Zoe’s favorite boutique in Paris: Didier Ludot.


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Didier Ludot storefront


Didier is a two-part vintage boutique, hosting an impressive array of Chanel bags, jackets and jewelry, and a magnificent collection of gowns—all vintage. Among these was a black Dior ball gown circa 1989, which would look incredible on any Hollywood star today. In short, I could see why Rachel loves it there.


Two doors down I discovered another vintage store: Gabrielle Gepert. Gabrielle, originally from Germany, is a woman of taste. First and foremost: the boutique is impeccable and organized. Second, it has—hands-down—the largest collection of Hermes and Chanel (and YSL, and Alaia, and Louboutin) of EVERYTHING you will ever see in terms of consignment or vintage. When asked how she has such a collection, Gabrielle said: “I shop all the time. And for Hermes, I have special agents.” Figures. A stunning gold-studded, green lizard Hermes bracelet caught my eye. It had to come home with me. Important note, though—in this vintage land of Chanel and Hermes, prices are high. Be prepared.


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Gabrielle Gepert among her treasures


The next day I wandered into the Third Arrondissment. Following a perfect brunch of crepes at Café Breizh, I was ready to bring it home. In this spot, look not much further than Rue Vielles du Temple and adjacent streets. Everything is here, including French brands like Sandro and Maje (excellent). There’s a fantastic vintage store called Yukiko, housing Chanel jersey bags from the ‘80s and incredible Chanel jewelry. My stylish shopping companion, Flavia, chose a Chanel belt so timeless it could easily double as a necklace.


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Yukiko


The best discovery on this street is a shop called ART’s—a basics boutique. The whole collection is very Celine, with immaculate dresses, blouses, coats, and pants—all featured in just four of five colors—in non-wrinkle fabrics and classic lines. I bought everything—and I do mean EVERYTHING. Prices run from about $90 for a blouse to $250 for a coat. It’s a go-to.


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ART’s


Then, it was time to go. Paris, see you next time!

WHERE:


Colette: 213 Rue Saint-Honoré 75001 Paris


ART’s: 78, Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris


Didier Ludot: 20-24 Galerie Montpensier, Jardins du Palais Royale, 75001 Paris


Gabrielle Gepert: 1 Galerie Montpensier, Jardins du Palais Royale, 75001 Paris


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